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Maddow on abortion pill arguments: ‘Frightening Supreme Court is even hearing this’

Mar 30, 2024
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ing everyone, we begin tonight with the enduring, endlessly controversial and ugly political debate over

abortion

, now from the good old days, when I grew up in the 1980s,

this

is how women experienced

abortion

in much of the United States, a woman accused of setting fires at three abortion clinics are arrested tonight in New Jersey real feminists don't tell the baby, get up there were similar demonstrations in other parts of the country in Albany and Syracuse New York 150 arrests in Philadelphia protesters They went limp and were taken away by police on stretchers. 40 protesters in Dayton, Ohio, were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
maddow on abortion pill arguments frightening supreme court is even hearing this
A nationwide reign of terror against abortion providers. They expelled the women. Forced to enter abortion clinics behind barricades and police presence under a group of escorts. Guerrilla warfare tactics were used particularly against these clinics. and those who worked in them were also targets of extreme violence, including arson attacks, murders and acid attacks. This was life in the 1980s in the United States, watching anti-abortion terrorists bomb and burn clinics across the country. Here you are seeing the destruction of a clinic. in Pensacola, Florida, using pipe bombs, was one of three clinics bombed by four people early Christmas morning, 1984.
maddow on abortion pill arguments frightening supreme court is even hearing this

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This multiple arson attack in Pensacola was not unique to the area, in fact, Pensacola Florida became a focus of anti-abortion hysteria in that decade. The hysteria only got worse and more organized when conservative groups like Operation Rescue made going to an abortion clinic as a patient or working at one particularly dangerous. blocked a hallway leading to an abortion clinic inside, according to the Slate Rescue Operation, abortion clinic attacks, as defenders of the clinics called them, would be organized, in which hundreds of members would storm a single abortion clinic. Abortions Over the course of the 1980s, the US lost nearly 20% of its abortion providers.
maddow on abortion pill arguments frightening supreme court is even hearing this
The Slate article reports the observations of Lindsy Comey, longtime director of the Women's Choice Clinic, who said the attacks were led by very angry men. Comey added that

this

was a fight about male superiority and the worst of the right came out to join that fight, not only did they hate women but they hated queer people, it was a Christian militia, the 1990s and 2000s weren't much better. With the first abortion doctor murdered, others would follow, including a doctor who was murdered while standing in the foyer of his church, Dr. David. Gunn was shot after getting out of his car as he went to work at a Pensacola abortion clinic.
maddow on abortion pill arguments frightening supreme court is even hearing this
A dozen anti-abortion protesters from an Assembly of God Church were outside. One of them was armed when Dr. Gun arrived. A guy looked like the doctor and shot him point-blank in the back and then turned himself in to the police. Dr. John be Britain and the men with him were shot to death outside an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida. The bodyguard's wife was also wounded in the hail of gunfire. Dr. George Tiller was murdered in his church it was a violent and cruel era, women and abortion clinic workers basically lived through three decades of terrorism around abortion, but something else had also happened in the 1980s in France, where a new misguided drug commonly called ru486 was developed to take medical abortion care, the arrival of a drug that would allow women to avoid the miserable and

even

terrifying process of facing anti-abortion clinics was a game changer. drug was approved for use in France in 1988, but American women had to wait much longer there is a

pill

made in France that induces abortion but is not sold in the United States and may never be the reason why anti-abortion groups promising an economic war against companies that even try to bring ru486 will see literally millions of People in the United States are outraged by this, that the company will be boycotted, but ru486 continued to be used in parts of Europe and China and for the year 2000 American women finally gained access to the drug.
Today, over 60% of abortions in the US are done using mistone medications medications abortion literally saved women from harassment and terrorism and from needing police escorts to literally lift them above the anti-abortion protesters who They blocked the entrances to clinics like this woman in 1988, but the farri religious right has not abandoned its fight. To close this and all other avenues toward women's bodily autonomy, the first step was to revoke the roie Wade check. Samuel Alo saw to it that the vociferous opponent of reproductive freedom, whose slow hostility to the constitutional right to abortion burned brightly after finally overturning the dispute, to the point that he literally gloated and joked about unleashing the suffering of the women during their look at what I did on the world tour.
Next, a far-right judge in Texas took the witness who would be Judge James Ho of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, who was part of the three-judge panel last time. summer that ruled to restrict access to the biffa prone and here's something interesting about Judge about interesting and Clarence Thomasy. I should say about him according to the guardian, his wife Allison is a powerful federal appellate attorney who argues before the Supreme Court and has deep connections. to the conservative legal movement that has led to the attack on abortion rights in the American judge who was also drum secretary Clarence Thomas.
I know we live in the worst simulation ever, which brings us back to the Supreme Court's conservative majority. who held oral

arguments

today on whether the FDA's approval of Mya prone more than 20 years ago should be revoked. Today's

arguments

came down to three questions question number one, how the hell do these people have the position that rolling back the FDA changes would unnecessarily restrict access to the prit myth? stone without any safety justification, some women might be forced to undergo more invasive surgical abortions, others might not have access to the drug at all and all of this would happen at the request of plaintiffs who have no insurance damage of their own number two, how is? this small group of doctors capable of making a decision not only for their own patients but for every woman in the United States, they say because we oppose being forced to participate in this procedure that we are seeking to prevent anyone from having access to these medications and I guess I'm just trying to understand how they could be entitled to that given the harm they have alleged, there is a deep mismatch here between the harm claimed and the remedy they were seeking and number three should some doctor's individual religious objection be allowed abortion overturns decades of FDA scientific judgment on the safety of this drug.
Respondents do not identify any evidence that the agency overlooked; They simply disagree with the agency's previous analysis of the data, but that won't provide a license to authorize a judicial second guess of the agency's expert judgments. Now I'm joined by my dear friend and colleague Rachel M, the host, as you know, of the Rachel Mat show. uh, Rachel, it's always a pleasure to see you and that was my decision. I know I'm an 80s baby so whether I'm an 80s baby or not, but you know I was young in the 80s so I remember the abortion debate like it was terrorism and now this is freedom for a lot of women. was my opinion, what's yours on what we saw today, yes Joy, I think that was a really important and sobering setup, some of those images that you showed are images that I had never seen before, that image of that woman, the woman being lifted. the police line of anti-abortion protesters, I mean, I've never seen that image before, it was incredible, but I mean there are technical arguments here and there's, you know, the FDA drug approval process, not just for this medication but for every medication that this ruling at the district

court

level in Texas and the 5th Circuit would jeopardize not only potentially if they had their way it would not only potentially challenge Mya's prison approval but it would challenge approval of thousands of drugs, so there is a technical aspect to this, but then there is what you point out, which is the real lived experience of American women who need abortion services, who need to have an abortion and have the option to have an medical abortion, for which it is not appropriate. everyone and in all circumstances, but it is for many abortions, actually now for the majority of abortions and what they are trying to do is eliminate it, not only in the states where they have already banned abortion, they are trying to do it.
On a national level, they want a nationwide ban, which means you know California, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts everywhere and the science and the reasoning in these Lower Court arguments they're considering are so off the charts that It's a little scares me a little, shakes me a little that the Supreme Court is

hearing

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