You specifically use the word “terrorism.” Is this kind of harassment terrorism in a legal sense?Cohen: There’s no one legal definition of terrorism, but for the most part when people use the term as a legal or political or academic matter, they’re talking about people who resort to violence or a threat of violence in order to achieve political goals that they can’t achieve through other, normal political means. And we think that’s very appropriate for most of what we’re talking about here, because as much as the anti-abortion movement has been successful in restricting abortion and making it inaccessible for a lot of people, the extremists – the terrorists – want complete abolition of abortion, and they have not been successful at that. Roe v. Wade has been on the books for 42 years now, and they have been unsuccessful in their many attempts to make abortion illegal. So they’re saying, “What can we do to end abortion? … [Read more...] about How Abortion Providers Are ‘Living in the Crosshairs’
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Here’s how this works, using the 20-week abortion restrictions that have flooded state legislatures as an example. There are two competing types of 20-week bills, based on model legislation drafted by two different anti-choice organizations. One approach argues that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks, an assertion not backed by medical science; that model bill was written by National Right to Life Committee, and is titled the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” The competing 20-week ban, drafted by Americans United for Life, uses women’s health as a justification for the restriction, though an introductory note states the goal is to raise “public awareness of the negative impact of abortion.” In other words, like the Texas wrongful birth bill, it’s exploiting the legislative process to “send a message.” Politicians repeat this false and misleading information on the floor of the chamber while debating the legislation, … [Read more...] about How Politicians Force Doctors to Lie to Women
“And all I do is check the screen/To see if you’re okay/You don’t answer when I phone/Guess you want to be left alone,” Britney sings. How many of us find ourselves in this very same position today? (Follow-up question: Did Britney invent “sliding into the DMs”?) Here we are, two decades later, still waiting for that response, even more so now that we are all hunkering down in separate locations. We can talk to our loved ones, as long as we’re six feet or more apart, but we can’t get any closer. Videos are being passed around on social media of kids visiting their sick grandparents outside windows, unable to hug them goodbye because of the COVID-19 pandemic. An email to your heart goes a long way, these days. … [Read more...] about Did Britney Spears See the Future With ‘E-Mail My Heart’?
“I worked on that demo for a while but it was missing something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. When I played it for Max Martin, he had some fantastic ideas that really elevated it,” Tucker explains. When Gaga’s Joanne World Tour arrived in Kansas City, his hometown, in November 2017, he flew out to play her the new version of what would become Chromatica’s lead single. “I played it on her bluetooth speaker in her dressing room with my family and friends present. I would definitely consider that the moment Chromatica was started.” … [Read more...] about Welcome to ‘Chromatica’: Inside Lady Gaga’s Triumphant Dance Floor Return