Texas continues to try and be the worst in America for accessing abortionsA woman was arrested on murder charges following an alleged self-induced pregnancy. Lizelle Herrera, who was charged with murder in connection to an alleged self-induced abortion, was taken into custody Thursday. She spent two nights locked up at Rio Grande City Jail before Starr County District attorney Gocha Allen Ramirez announced that he would drop the charges.
A Texas state law that bans abortions was passed last year. On another personAfter six weeks, self-induced abortions are not allowed. It also does NOT allow criminal charges. Civil lawsuits are filed by citizens against the state to enforce it.
Ramirez stated that “in reviewing the applicable Texas law it is clear Ms. Herrera can and should not be pursued for the allegation about her,” in Sunday’s statement, announcing his office would file an order to dismiss the charges Monday. “It’s my hope that the case is dismissed and it will be made evident that Ms. Herrera didn’t commit any criminal acts under Texas law.”
Ramirez didn’t condemn Starr County Sheriff’s Office’s actions in arresting Herrera and charging him. Ramirez said that it was clear that Starr County Sheriff’s Department fulfilled their duties in investigating Herrera’s incident. It would be a breach of duty for them to ignore this incident.
This strange bit of line-toeing was also added by him:
Ms. Herrera won’t be charged for the incident with her dismissal, but it seems clear that Ms. Herrera has suffered a lot from what happened leading to this indictment. It would be foolish to ignore this reality. This matter is clearly contentious. However, based upon Texas law and all the facts, it’s not a criminal matter.
People and their families can suffer from many things without them being considered “shortsighted”.
The details surrounding Herrera’s pregnancies are unclear. It is said that Herrera went to the hospital after having a miscarriage. Staff at the hospital then reported her to police. Rockie Gonzalez was the founder of La Frontera Fund and she was then arrested. Her bail was set at half million dollars.” Pablo De La Rosa heard Rockie Gonzalez tell Pablo De La Rosa during a Soundcloud interview.
By @LaFronteraFundSouth Texas for Reproductive Justice in Starr County Jail, following Lizelle Herrera’s Arrest. Follow @Wzrd_of_LnlynssWho is available for any updates? Full audio of my interview with Frontera’s Chairwoman here: https://t.co/2waLg1QPk1 pic.twitter.com/g5JnL68bZy
— Pablo De La Rosa (@pblodlr) April 9, 2022
A list of bans on school books.PEN America created a list of book bans in U.S. schools libraries and classrooms, covering the period from July 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. According to the organization, this marks the first official count of books that PEN America has done. PEN America discovered 1,586 cases of books being banned over the period of nine months, which equates to 1,145 books in 86 school districts across 26 US states.
“This covers a variety of bans including the removal of books from schools libraries and prohibitions in classrooms. Or both. As well as books prohibited from circulation due to investigations resulting as a challenge from parents, educators or board members. These numbers are a list of reported cases to PEN America or covered by the media. Other cases may have been missed and not counted.
“It is not just the number of books removed that is disturbing, but the processes–or lack thereof–through which such removals are being carried out,” suggests PEN America. “PEN America discovered that 98 percent of the 1,586 banned books listed in the Index were inconsistent with best practices guidelines outlined the National Coalition Against Censorship and American Library Association.
An alarming number of these bans—41 percent—stem from directives from government officials. The group stresses that this is a significant shift from the traditional pattern where local residents initiate book removal requests.
Racism, sexual orientation and gender were the most common themes found in banned books.
The Index contains 467 protagonists and prominent secondary characters of colour (41%), 247 address directly issues of racism and race (22%), 379 title (33%) address LGBTQ+ themes or have protagonists and prominent secondary characters who identify as LGBTQ+. 283 titles include sexual content of various types (25%), which includes novels that feature sexual encounters and informational books on sex and relationships. There are 184 history books and biographies (16%). Another 107 titles (9%) have themes related rights or activism.
Today, President Joe Biden will likely announce new regulations regarding guns.This sentence is not correct, doesn’t it? Doesn’t this make gun laws the job of federal and state legislators too? Is it possible for the president to unilaterally prohibit someone from buying or possessing legal goods? That is unfortunately the current status of U.S. executive powers. Biden, in the latest episode of executive excesses, is likely to announce new regulations for gun-making kits and parts. Many refer to these “ghost weapons” as the fruits of such kits. CNN
In May 2012, ATF submitted a rule to the Biden administration to permit the classification of the components that make ghost guns into firearms. Since then, the rule is still in process through federal regulations.
Because certain receivers and frames used in assembling ghost guns can be purchased online, the ATF rule solves a major problem with tracking and regulation of these guns.
Manufacturers selling parts to build ghost guns would be required to register and conduct background checks of potential buyers.
According to the White House, the Justice Department also initiated a national anti-ghost gun enforcement program. This will help “train a nationwide cadre of prosecutors as well as disseminate investigative and prosecution tools in order to bring criminal cases against ghost gun users.”
Biden also expects to nominate Steve Dettelbach for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The FBI suffered a huge blow in this case. There were zero guilty verdicts for the plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan. A jury of three on the accused ringleader was found not guilty. The verdict is hung. @PeteWilliamsNBC
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) April 8, 2022
• PoliticoThis deep dive examines the failures of U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
• “Two measures that severely restrict abortions were halted on Friday, one by Kentucky’s governor and a second by Idaho’s supreme court,” notes the Guardian. Andy Beshear, the Kentucky Democratic Governor, vetoed Friday’s Republican priority bill that would have banned abortions after 15 weeks and allow for regulation of the sale of abortion pills. A law that allowed family members to sue doctors who performed an abortion within six weeks after the gestation period in Idaho was temporarily blocked by the Idaho Court.
• Walmart is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission, which alleges that the retailer falsely advertised rayon products as being made of bamboo.
• California continues its bid to drive big employers out of the state. Under legislation “winding its way through the state Legislature … employers would be required to provide overtime pay for employees working longer than four full days,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
• An opportunity to end discrimination against religious schools, or a blurring of the separation of church and state? In a case that involves Maine school vouchers, the Supreme Court will rule.
• Lab-grown meat companies are experimenting with cultivating exotic meats including elephant and tiger.
• Checking in on the French presidential election:
A great overview of French presidential elections. The implosion in numbers of established parties is a reminder to Americans that politics’ recent bizarreness doesn’t seem to be confined only within the United States. It is a different world. At best, it is good to blame certain characters. https://t.co/oO95NPHA33
— Anthony Sanders (@IJSanders) April 11, 2022