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Reproductive rights attacked: MAGA Republicans strip women of their rights to choose again

This week Federal Judge Mathew Kacsmaryk, the sole federal judge in Amarillo, Texas, ruled to ban the use of the abortion medication Mifepristone. A medication that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for over two decades, and you can thank the Republican Senator from Missouri Josh Hawley and his antiabortion activist wife Erin Hawley for influencing the judge.

Mifepristone was first developed in the 1980s by French pharmaceutical company Roussel Uclaf. It was approved for use in France in 1988 and has since been used in over 60 countries. In the United States, mifepristone was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 and has been availableto women seeking abortions since then.

Mifepristone is typically used to terminate pregnancies that are less than 10 weeks along. The medication is taken orally in a doctor’s office or clinic and is usually followed by a second medication, misoprostol, which is taken at home, according to the U.S.Food and Drug Administration. The combination of the two medications causes the uterus to contract and expel the contents, similar to a miscarriage.

The use of mifepristone has been shown to be safe and effective in terminating early pregnancies.

According to Planned Parenthood, the medication is over 95% effective when used as directed.

Additionally, mifepristone has been shown to have a lower risk of complications than surgical abortion,particularly for pregnancies that are less than 8 weeks along.

Critics of mifepristone argue that it is a dangerous and unsafe medication that poses a threat to women’s health. However, these claims have been widely debunked by medical experts and scientific research. The use of mifepristone is supported by major medical organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the World Health Organization and has been categorized as an essential medication.

The hearing to ban the drug was not made public until late the night before to prevent the public from knowing about the hearing so they could prevent protesting outside the Texas courthouse.

Judge Kacsmyryk who ruled to ban the drug is known to strongly oppose a woman’s right to reproductive freedom, same sex and interracial marriages, LGTBQ+ rights, and access to contraceptive.

To put it plainly and simply, the MAGA Republican Party were not satisfied with its immorally stacked U.S. Supreme Court overturning the landmark Dobbs v. Jackson case, that established the legally protected right for women to have an abortion in the United States up to 24 weeks into a pregnancy, which was the law from 1973 until 2022, they want to make all options for women going through an unwanted pregnancy nonexistent.

MAGA Republicans spew hypocrisy when say they are the party of freedom while at the same time taking away the freedom of women to make decisions for themselves about their own bodily autonomy.

MAGA Republicans will force women to keep their pregnancies but once that baby is born, they will turn their back on mothers and their children. MAGA Republicans are vehement “conservatives” in terms of fiscal dollars and cents when it comes to funding any social safety nets for low- and no-income mothers. These MAGA fundamentalists want to dictate to women how they are going to live, and not provide a cent for them to nurse or raise the forced pregnancy.

Last year, nine of MAGA’s darlings in the House of Representatives voted against a bill that aims to facilitate the purchase of baby formula for those on low-income federal support programs like Woman Infant and Children (WIC).

The nine pro-life lawmakers are the best of the best MAGA has to offer. Andy Biggs (Arizona), Lauren Boebert (Colorado), Matt Gaetz (Florida), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Arizona), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia), Clay Higgins (Louisiana), Thomas Massie (Kentucky), and Chip Roy (Texas) all voted no on a bill that would provide formula to babies in need.

MAGA Republican Senator Roger Marshall (Kansas) is considering blowing up a bipartisan deal that would extend school meal funding because of the Biden Administration’s policy banning discrimination against LGBTQ+ students who participate in lunch programs that receive the money.

The Republican Party, particularly the MAGA faction, has long been known for their stance on banning abortions for a long time. This hardline stance has been a controversial topic for years, with many people arguing that the right to choose is a fundamental right that should be protected.

However, despite the partys strong opinions on abortion, they have shown a lack of interest in addressing the social and economic factors that can lead to unwanted pregnancies.

Additionally, they have actively sought to cut social safety programs and affordable healthcare, while doing little to address the issue of gun violence in schools. In fact, the party platform has included a commitment to a”human life” amendment to the Constitution. “Human life” is not a concern when it comes to AR-15’s murdering children in schools.

The push to ban abortions has been driven by the belief that life begins at conception and that it is the governments responsibility to protect that life.

Many Republicans argue that abortion is a form of murder and that the government has a moral obligation to protect the unborn. They also believe that banning abortions would lead to a more moral and just society, as it would discourage what they see as immoral behavior.

Despite these beliefs, the Republican Party has shown little interest in addressing the social and economic factors that can lead to unwanted pregnancies. For example, access to affordable birth control can help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, but many Republicans have been hostile to efforts to make contraception more widely available. Similarly, the party has been resistant to expanding social safety net programs like SNAP, which provides food assistance to low-income families.

Without access to these programs, many women may struggle to provide for themselves and their families, making the decision to have an abortion all the more difficult.

Additionally, the Republican Party has been criticized for their lack of interest in providing healthcare for all Americans, which can also impact the decision to have an abortion. Without access to affordable health care, many women may struggle to receive the care they need during pregnancy and childbirth, making the decision to terminate a pregnancy more difficult. Furthermore, the party efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has expanded access to healthcare for millions of Americans, would have a significant impact on womens health.

Critics of the Republican Party’s stance on abortion argue that banning abortions would violate a woman’s right to choose but also could lead to dangerous and potentially deadly outcomes. Many women who seek abortions do so for reasons such as health complications, financial hardship, or personal circumstances, and may resort to dangerous and unsafe methods if legal abortions are not available. Banning abortions would not eliminate the demand for them, but rather drive the practice underground, making it even more dangerous.

If you do have an unwanted pregnancy and are able to make it and raise your child to the age of entering grade school, MAGA Republicans are once again the most fundamentalist extreme political movement the United States has ever seen, with their criminally negligent dereliction of their elected duties to serve and protect their constituents, especially the most innocent among them, children that are gunned down at their school desk.

The Covenant School shooting in Nashville was just another day in America for the MAGA Republicans who on cue gave their endless “thoughts and prayers” that do nothing to protect children from the up to 45 bullets per minute dispense rate the AR-15 fires at.

MAGA Republicans can scream that they are pro-life all they want but anyone paying attention knows that they are only pro-life while a baby is in a mother’s uterus, but they honestly could care less what happens to that child once it is delivered. The hypocrisy in the MAGA party is undeniable. They really do not care at all if your baby has health care, has food to eat, or is safe in school.