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This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discuss yesterday’s Commander in Chief Forum, sponsored by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA.org). Hillary Clinton expressed urgency in assisting active-duty and veteran members of the military to reduce rates of sexual assault and suicide. Donald Trump said that rape in the military was due to men and women serving together in uniform.
In Ohio news, a new ballot initiative was filed with the Ohio Attorney General’s office. The initiative language states the purpose: “To prohibit abortion of all unborn human beings, without exception, and classifying it as aggravated murder in the State of Ohio.”
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said:
The proposed law would punish women, plain and simple. If passed, women and doctors would be imprisoned for any abortion, even one to save a woman’s life. Also, the language would block prescription birth control, emergency contraception, IUDs, and could impact access to in-vitro fertilization.
The so-called ‘Heartbeat Bill’ was unconstitutional. Multiple anti-abortion restrictions signed by John Kasich have been ruled unconstitutional. When will anti-abortion zealots stop trying to punish women?
The filling is the very first steps in the ballot initiative process, when the AG’s office and ballot board reviews petitions for basic legal requirements. If approved, petition solicitors can begin to collect the 300,000 valid signatures they will need to qualify for the ballot. They could complete the task in time for the 2017 election, but signatures do not expire, so this proposal could go to voters in any future year.
One theory is that, if passed, this law would give President Donald Trump a test case to overturn Roe v. Wade after appointing one or more US Supreme Court justices.
On Sept. 10th, abortion rights supporters will gather in Cleveland for a night of music, comedy, and entertainment.
All Access will feature performances from Grammy-nominated artist Sia, standup from Saturday Night Live cast member and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, and Grammy award-winning singer Natalia Lafourcade, with Comedy Central’s Jessica Williams as the host.
This week, Sia released her new video, The Greatest. The song and video also are a haunting and emotional tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed 49 members of the local LGBT community.
More information and watch party opportunities at: https://allaccess2016.com/
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