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So “pro life” they’re wasting money on a memorial and have little to nothing to give the living children of their state.

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Nov 30, 2023·edited Nov 30, 2023

First sight we see: another grey haired white male with a hard-eyed expression. This denomination of "unborn children" is scientifically absurd. Do people realize that this could include every menstrual ovarian egg? This backward fundamentalist thinking could easily lead to rules against birth control (remember the extremism of Rick Santorum? except when it came to his wife's multi birth giving causing her danger!).

Thank you, women (Rebecca and Tesnim), for tracking the actions of Arkansans in power.

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Nov 30, 2023·edited Nov 30, 2023

I wanted to write some pithy, yet insightful and humorous comment but nothing comes to mind.

All I can say is, it's just sad and frightening that these folks are so bound and determined to make us all live by the terms and limits ordained by their tiny minds and their ever-narrowing worldviews.

I'll die fighting before I ever give in to these pretend-human'z!

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So the Attorney General for the state of Arkansas admits he doesn’t understand the meanings of words and is either unaware of the existence of dictionaries or unable to use one. This would seem to be a rather serious deficiency on his part and grounds for a review of his general qualifications for the office he holds. He would seem to be a bit underpowered for the job.

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The clearest message here is that democracy is not wanted by the republican authoritarians. The best thing we can hope for is a landslide Democratic party win to not only get these people out of office, but to make their goal ours! Constitutional convention!

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I am a pro-choice retired maternal-child nurse. I could write far more words than Judd would want and any of you to read about abortion. Using the date of the last menstrual period to determine when a woman got pregnant only works if she has a regular menstrual cycle, or the cycle has not been screwed up by any number of things like illness, age (peri-menopause,) or travel.

To me part of the problem with the issue of pro versus no choice is language. Abortion is not aborting a life it is terminating a pregnancy. The language difference is subtle, but to me it makes sense, especially when the mother's life is endangered or the fetus has developed in a way that is incompatible with life.

And don't get me started on the heartbeat thing. At 8 weeks of gestation it is not a heart. And trust me when I say as a prochoice woman and nurse I've supported mothers who've made difficult decisions that have gone both ways.

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Another example: Republicans just not all that keen on that democracy idea.

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Never let it be said that any fat, old white man neglected to try his damndest to take away the rights of women.

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It's interesting, isn't it, how our Republican friends have this whole abortion issue completely backwards from the way the Bible depicts the relationship between God and humans. The story of the creation of Adam makes it clear that, in God's eyes, Adam didn't become a living being until God breathed God's Spirit into him with his first breath. Before that, although he was a fully formed human, he was not alive in God's eyes.

After he was alive, God created the Garden of Eden (again in the context of the Biblical story) and tenderly cared for Adam's needs.

But our "conservative" brothers and sisters, prove, time and time again, than they only care about that developing fetus from the time the sperm and egg come together until it leaves it's mother's body, draws its first breath and draws in its share of the Spirit of God with that breath. After that, they don't care if it has any of the necessities of life (unless they can blame a woman for the lack of those necessities). It's as if God, after giving Adam life, cast him lose in the wilderness to find for himself and was completely unconcerned at what might befall him.

I don't know how "Conservatives" can believe that they are in tune with God when their approach to pregnancy and childbirth and child rearing is exactly the OPPOSITE of God's approach. It's almost as if they have been seduced by some evil force which has warped their minds and led them as far from God as possible.

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Griffin's strategy is clear. He will slow walk each version of the amendment, then reject it, no matter what the wording. He will make sure that the July 5 deadline cannot possibly be met. Then he will declare that this is proof that Arkansans are pro-life and like the current ban. And it will cost him, and Sarah Huckleberry Sanders, his job at his next election.

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Vote far-right christians out of government altogether. They are the true indoctrinators and they are evil at their core. Banning access to healthcare because you think your religion tells you to disagree is so wrong on so many levels. Get these whacky religious freaks out of government.

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The GOP is afraid of voters. No surprise, given how unpopular their positions are

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"Sanders signed a bill to build a “monument to unborn children” at the State Capitol."

Will the monument be a 6 wk fetus? Here's what that would look like.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/18/pregnancy-weeks-abortion-tissue

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I usually like word games. This one? Not so much.

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Goebbels would have been proud of this dude. And this is yet another example of wingnut Republicans seeking to overturn the will of the majority without a constitutional basis for doing so.

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The minority party seeks so many ways to maintain control over the majority. Reminds me of the many rules and laws allowing apartheid to maintain minority control in South Africa for so so long.

Ultimately we have to learn to simply reject this party at the ballot box, because of the motive behind their unsound proposals.

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