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Fetus in HOV lanes, floating abortion clinics among new post-Dobbs battles

Floating abortion clinics. Fetuses as passengers in car pool lanes. Abortion restrictions as a public health emergency. The strange new world of post-deer reproductive rights continue to fight new battles and murky dilemmas.

A pregnant Plano, Texas woman argues that she has the right to drive in a freeway lane reserved for vehicles with two or more passengers. At 34 weeks pregnant, Brandy Bottone was pulled over by police while driving in a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane on Interstate 75 South. When asked if there was anyone else in the car, Bottone pointed to her stomach and said “my little girl,” she said The Dallas Morning News:

“An officer kind of dismissed me when I mentioned it was a living child, after all that’s going on with the Roe v. Wade overturn. ‘So I don’t don’t know why you don’t see that’, I said.

“He was like, ‘I don’t want to deal with this.’ He said, ‘Madam, that means two people outside the body.’

“He waved me to the next cop who gave me a quote and said, ‘If you fight him, he’ll most likely be dropped.

“But they still gave me a ticket. So my $215 ticket was written to cause inconvenience?

“It makes my blood boil. How could that be fair? According to the new law, it’s a life.

Bottone said she would fight the citation in court.

Her situation hints at how all sorts of existing rules could change – or at least be challenged – when the legal definition of person changes.

Meanwhile, plans for a new venture off the coast of Alabama are challenging traditional notions of what an abortion clinic looks like.— and offers an ingenious solution for people trying to keep reproductive freedom alive in the South.

The doctor behind Protecting Reproductive Rights of Women Endangered by State Statutes (PRROWESS) wants to offer surgical abortions from a boat. Meg Autry told a San Francisco NBC affiliate that with many southern states severely restricting or banning abortion, residents of those states are closer to the coast than to a state where abortion is legal. Traveling to floating abortion clinics might be cheaper than traveling across multiple states.

Autry and her team are likely to face legal challenges from states banning abortion, which may target transportation to the ship or advertising of her services, among other things. But operating in federal waters would allow them to circumvent state abortion bans. After:

She explained that this ship will operate in federal waters — nine miles off the coast of Texas and three off the coast of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi — where it can evade those states’ abortion restrictions. PROROWESS will arrange transport for patients to the ship, which will vary depending on where they are coming from, once they have passed a pre-screening process.

Autry and a team of licensed medical professionals will offer surgical abortions up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. The PRROWESS team would also offer other point-of-care gynecological services such as screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

“The project is philanthropically funded and patient care is needs-based, so most individuals will pay little or nothing for services,” Autry said.

Unlike this free market solution to protect access to abortion, President Joe Biden is considering declaring a public health emergency over abortion restrictions. “Such a move was pushed by advocates, but White House officials questioned both its legality and effectiveness, and noted that it would almost certainly face legal challenges,” notes Politics.

The idea shows how the term “public health” can be extended to cover all sorts of political issues and give cover to politicians who want to impose their agenda without engaging in messy things like democracy. This has certainly been the case during the coronavirus pandemic, as public health has been cited for a number of restrictive measures not directly related to public health (such as immigration restrictions). But it also predates COVID-19, when politicians tried to declare things like pornography and gun violence public health crises.

As with the pornography and firearms measures, declaring a public health emergency over abortion restrictions probably wouldn’t amount to much. “When we looked at the public health emergency, we learned a couple of things: One is that it’s not freeing up a lot of resources,” Jen Klein, director of the Council for Health, told reporters on Friday. White House gender policy. “That’s what’s in the public health emergency fund, and there’s very little money – tens of thousands of dollars in it. So that didn’t seem like a good option. And that also doesn’t release a significant amount of legal authority. And that’s why we haven’t taken that step yet.”

“An officer looked over and asked, ‘Is there anyone else in the car?


start reading Raisonthe problem of the forbidden books theme. RaisonThe recent print issue of Book Censorship is fully online for subscribers, with selected articles now available to everyone. Among the all-access rooms:

• David French examines “the dangerous lesson of book bans in public school libraries”.

• Brian Doherty looks at what happened when the memoir of Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman Maus was removed from the school curriculum in McMinn County, Tennessee.

• Kat Rosenfield reports on how “overzealous policing of race and gender kills books before they’re published or even written.”

• Children’s Book I Am Jazz”symbolizes America’s trans moral panic,” writes Scott Shackford.

Raison Editor-in-chief Katherine Mangu-Ward asks, “Who controls what books you can read?


A revival of the bookstore? In recent years, more than 300 new independent bookstores have opened in the United States, reports The New York Times:

Two years ago, the future of the independent bookstore looked bleak. As the coronavirus forced retailers to close, hundreds of small booksellers across the United States appeared doomed. Bookstore sales fell nearly 30% in 2020, according to data from the US Census Bureau. The publishing industry was poised for a blow to its retail ecosystem, which could permanently reshape the way readers discover and purchase books.

Instead, something unexpected has happened: small booksellers have not only survived the pandemic, but many are thriving.

“It’s kind of shocking when you think about the dire straits stores found themselves in in 2020,” said Allison Hill, chief executive of the American Booksellers Association, a trade organization for independent bookstores. “We saw a rally like we have never seen before.”

The association now has 2,023 member stores in 2,561 locations, up from 1,689 at the start of July 2020.

The Barnes & Noble bookstore megachain is also booming, the Time reported in April:

After years of decline, Barnes & Noble’s sales are up, its costs are down, and the same people who for decades viewed the superchain as a supervillain are celebrating its success.

A recent editorial by the author and pastor look more at how Barnes & Noble went from villain to hero of the bookstore world. “Barnes & Noble’s resurgence is a win, not just for us ’90s nostalgic kids, but for readers in general,” she suggests. As a kid nostalgic for the 90s, I totally agree, but I think Harrison Warren is wrong to suggest that browsing Amazon can’t also lead to unexpected book discoveries and insights that the we might not search. I’m happy to live in a world where we can leisurely browse bookstores in person and get personalized algorithmic recommendations by browsing our phones.


• A new COVID-19 subvariant, Omicron BA.5.2.1, was discovered in Shanghai.

• The man who murdered Japan former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may have been motivated by a grudge against the Unification Church.

• Elon Musk no longer wants to buy Twitter, and Twitter is suing. Musk’s response:

• “On Sunday, Chinese authorities violently broke up a peaceful protest by hundreds of depositors, who unsuccessfully sought to demand repayment of their savings from banks that have faced a worsening cash crisis.

• California repealed its law against vagrancy for the purpose of sex work.

• US crypto companies hire people to oversee “vibes”.