Reclaiming Our Rights: Free Speech, Abortion, Government Surveillance

Guest post by ChuckA

You may already know about this; but I figured I’d pass it on, just in case.
I took action on this, especially because of the fundie-based anti-choice medical issue.
The bastards are at it again…right away, no surprise…with the jack-ass, mindless, Rethuglican jerks now in control of the House of Reps.
Absolutely outrageous!

From ACLU Online

Thoughts on Speech after the Arizona Tragedy

Unfortunately, some of the legislation reportedly being considered for introduction seeks to criminalize types of expression that are protected by the First Amendment. While these efforts are likely well-intentioned, they could in fact be unconstitutional and have the effect of chilling lawful political speech that is so critical to our free society. Congress should not take that path. Our government already has more than enough authority to investigate and prosecute threats of violence or incitements to criminal behavior.

House Looks to Restrict Insurance Coverage for Abortion Services

A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives this week that would make permanent policies that deny abortion coverage to women who depend on the federal government for their health care and that would also extend such unjust prohibitions into the private sector. The bill, introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), would effectively eliminate insurance coverage for abortion. Currently, a majority of insurance plans offer abortion coverage. At the press conference unveiling the bill, Speaker John Boehner stated that the bill would be “one of [the House of Representatives’] highest legislative priorities.”

The bill would increase the tax liability of millions of Americans and penalize businesses that seek to offer insurance plans that cover abortion along with other pregnancy-related care, reducing the likelihood that insurance companies would provide coverage for abortion.

This bill is an insidious and unprecedented attempt to destroy the insurance market for abortion and deny access to basic health care for women.

Take action: Tell your representative to reject the campaign to eliminate insurance coverage for abortion.

When Free Speech Isn’t Really Free

When is free speech not really free? (This isn’t a riddle, unfortunately.)

It’s when your First Amendment-protected rights are subject to unlawful government surveillance. Since 9/11, law enforcement agencies across America have continued to monitor and harass groups and individuals for doing little more than peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.

If you’re a death penalty protestor peacefully calling for an end to capital punishment in Maryland, you were spied upon by the state police.

If you’re a Cal State Fresno student interested in veganism, undercover officers from the county sheriff’s department monitored a speech you attended .

And if you’re an anti-gas-drilling activist in Pennsylvania like Virginia Cody, you might be monitored by the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security:

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4 Responses to Reclaiming Our Rights: Free Speech, Abortion, Government Surveillance

  1. KA says:

    Unfortunately, some of the legislation reportedly being considered for introduction seeks to criminalize types of expression that are protected by the First Amendment.

    See, now I predicted this in the thread about the Arizona shooting. Extreme events predicate an extreme response.

  2. Inari says:

    What irritates me most about this issue is that these assclowns were elected by promising to repeal the health care bill. That alone doesn’t bother me, given that they are actually trying to make good on a campaign promise for once. I’ll bet they wouldn’t have gotten so many votes if they said “We’re going to repeal Obamacare. And also penalize private insurers for covering abortion.” Maybe we’ll get lucky and these idiots will get struck by lightning.

  3. Tony D says:

    This quote tells it all: “Within the U.S. the strongly theistic, anti-evolution South and Midwest have markedly worse homicide, mortality, STD, youth pregnancy, marital and related problems than the Northeast where societal conditions, secularization, and acceptance of evolution approach European norms.”- Gregory S. Paul

  4. Ms. D says:

    You missed a big one. Here in my little liberal, colonial island of DC, the federal government is attempting to take away our rights to fund women’s health providers that offer the option of abortion. The link to the real story appears to be broken, but there’s a blurb here:

    See, because we’re both not real citizens and subject to federal oversight, all of our local tax dollars go to the feds and then back to us. Not only does Congress get a 30-day opportunity to veto any local law, they can also meddle in how we spend our tax dollars. Good fun.

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