This week on CounterSpin: When Clyde Chambliss, Alabama senate sponsor of a 2019 law banning virtually all abortion—no exceptions for rape or incest—was asked whether the law would likewise criminalize in vitro fertilization clinics that discard embryos, his answer was: “The egg in the lab doesn’t apply. It’s not in a woman.” Let that sit a minute.
The Guttmacher Institute’s Elizabeth Nash and Lauren Cross described right-wing ideologues who have pushed, since January, 536 abortion restrictions, including 146 abortion bans, introduced across 46 states, as “engaging in a shock and awe campaign against abortion rights as part of a large and deliberate attack on basic rights that also includes a wave of voter suppression laws and attacks on LGBTQ people.” Anti-reproductive rights folks have been shooting their shot for a while, and they now have a Supreme Court majority to help. So who’s speaking for the actual majority of US citizens who support a person’s right to determine whether and when to have a child? (You know most women who have abortions already have children, right?) Where are the news media that will not just acknowledge, but build reporting around the fact that abortion opponents are demonstrably unconcerned about actual women or their actual children? Who will connect the dots from anti-choice to anti-immigrant, anti–poor people, anti-healthcare, etc., lest “pro-life” be mistaken for pro-life?
We’ll talk about the Supreme Court’s potential overturning of Roe v. Wade with Preston Mitchum, director of policy at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.
Also on the show: Arizona Republicans are insisting on an audit of one county’s votes in the 2020 election—just the presidential line on the ballot, not any others, but we’re not supposed to ask about that. Given that, if you’re playing along, the notion is that the recount is about transparency and accountability, it should be noteworthy that, as the Arizona Republic‘s Jen Fifield and Andrew Oxford reported, Arizona senate Republicans got the ballots, voting machines and voter information from the county through a court order, and then handed it all over to private contractors to do the audit, who have since studiously declined to name or specify the people who have access to that information, or who is paying for the work.
As much as one might want to dismiss it as sour grapes, observers are calling the Arizona maneuver “a new, more dangerous front” in the voting wars that merits our attention. We’ll talk about the Arizona audit with Steven Rosenfeld, editor at Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.
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