MEMO: Republicans Won’t Stop At Overturning Roe

24 Jun

MEMORANDUM:

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: DNC War Room

DATE: June 24, 2022

RE: Republicans Won’t Stop At Overturning Roe

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Today’s opinion from conservative Supreme Court justices overturns Roe v. Wade – a devastating blow to reproductive rights and Americans’ freedom to make their own health care decisions. Make no mistake: Today’s ruling is the direct result of Republicans’ unrelenting, decades-long, radical war on the right to an abortion. 

MAGA Republicans across the country have made clear they have no intention of stopping at just overturning Roe – Mitch McConnell has already said a Republican majority could try to make abortion illegal everywhere. Many Republicans want to ban abortion with no exemptions for rape or incest. And others are even promising to throw doctors in jail and ban some forms of contraceptives.

Republicans might try to hide from their records now, but we’re here to highlight how they pose a direct threat to women’s health and are already signaling how much further they’ll go to attack our fundamental rights.

Despite overwhelming support for access to safe and legal abortion across the country, Republican leaders have waged an all-out war on access to reproductive health care and their records speak for themselves. 

Kevin McCarthy claimed science “has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that human life begins at conception.” On the House floor, McCarthy said his goal in advocating legislatively against abortion rights was to make sure no woman could make a decision about abortion again. 

Mitch McConnell bragged that his politicization of judicial nomination was his greatest pro-life accomplishment and said state legislatures should be allowed to “define, legislatively, the whole process of giving birth.”

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump called for a ban on abortion with “some form of punishment” for women. He also vowed to only nominate Supreme Court justices who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

As president, Donald Trump sought to pass legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks and vowed to veto any abortion rights legislation.  

Mike Pence has repeatedly said that he believes Roe v. Wade should be sent to “the ash heap of history.” Pence also bragged about how the Trump-Pence administration stacked the federal courts with extreme judges, repeatedly attacked abortion access, and stripped funding from Planned Parenthood. 

While serving as the governor of Indiana, Mike Pence signed anti-abortion legislation every year of his tenure. 

Mike Pompeo said he would not support abortion exceptions for rape. 

Kristi Noem said in her “perfect world” abortion would no longer exist. Noem openly bragged about South Dakota’s trigger law that automatically bans abortion when Roe v. Wade is overturned. 

Tim Scott says he is “100 percent committed” to “pro-life” policies, he believes life begins at conception and has suggested that abortion is not a choice. 

Marsha Blackburn believes women do not have the right to abortion because the word does not explicitly appear in the constitution. 

Tom Cotton vowed that overturning Roe v. Wade would be just the start of Republican efforts to restrict abortion rights and said it was “radical” for states to pass “laws declaring abortion a ‘fundamental right.’”

Ted Cruz has openly said he wants to end abortion “once and for all” and supports banning abortion from the moment of conception. Cruz also defended his opposition to a rape exception for abortions.

Ron DeSantis said the 15-week abortion ban he signed into law – which included no exceptions for rape, incest, or human trafficking – was “warranted.”

Mike DeWine said he was “proud” to sign a six-week abortion ban that included no exceptions.

Doug Ducey signed a bill making it a class 6 felony for a physician to perform an abortion after 15 weeks.

Following news that the Supreme Court was set to overturn Roe v. Wade, Nikki Haley called it “a victory.” She also attacked pro-choice Americans’ advocacy as “not real feminism.”

Rick Scott repeatedly voiced support for anti-choice policies requiring women seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound saying he hoped they would change their minds.

Josh Hawley said Roe v. Wade was a “historic injustice” that “invented this constitutional right” and called for it to be overturned, and vowed to only vote for Supreme Court nominees “who have explicitly acknowledged” Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided.

Ron Johnson supported letting states impose abortion restrictions and said those who opposed them should just move to another state. 

Mike Lee compared the anti-abortion movement to the fights for civil rights and against Nazism. 

Mike Pompeo said he does not believe in rape exceptions for abortion bans, explicitly rejected the notion that abortion is a right, and bragged about the Trump administration’s anti-choice record.

Kim Reynolds said, if criminalized, abortion should have the same legal consequences as murder. 

Marco Rubio opposes exceptions to abortion bans in cases of rape. Rubio has also said that in the “conflict” between a woman’s right to choose and an unborn child’s right to live, he would always side with the unborn child.

Overturning Roe is the beginning, not the end, for Republican leaders. MAGA Republican governors and state legislatures have already begun pushing legislation that criminalizes abortions, threatens doctors with prison, and institutes full-out abortion bans with no exceptions for rape or incest. 

In Mississippi, the Republican governor refused to rule out a ban on certain forms of contraception.

The Nebraska state legislature could reconsider a near-total abortion ban bill that defines life as beginning at fertilization now that Roe is overturned.

In Oklahoma, the Republican governor signed a near-complete abortion ban into law. 

Arkansas has a trigger law that will ban abortions except in the case of life-threatening medical emergencies. 

Idaho’s trigger law will criminalize abortion as a felony – punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Missouri’s 2019 law will make it a felony for doctors to perform or induce abortions except in cases of medical emergency.

North Dakota’s 2007 law will go into effect making it a felony to perform an abortion except for protecting the life of the mother. 

South Dakota’s nearly outright ban on abortions has been in place since 2005 and will go into effect “on the date states are recognized by the United States Supreme Court to have the authority to prohibit abortion at all stages of pregnancy.”

Tennessee and Texas’s current laws would prohibit abortion except in the case of protecting the mother and will go into effect 30 days from today. Violators could face felony charges. 

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Ron DeSantis Should Thank President Biden And Democrats for Florida’s Budget Rollout

2 Jun

Today, Ron DeSantis is signing off on a $112 billion state budget made possible, in part, by President Biden and Democrats’ American Rescue Plan. 

Ron DeSantis is signing a budget that includes billions in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan, which he called “Washington at its worst.”

Rolling Stone: “DeSantis Brags About Florida Budget That Includes Billions in Federal Funds He Opposed”

New York Times: “DeSantis, for instance, said the plan was ‘Washington at its worst.’ But he later talked up his proposal for a $1 billion gas tax holiday, along with bonuses for teachers and first responders — all of which relied on federal funds.” 

But this isn’t the first time Ron DeSantis has taken credit for funding from the American Rescue Plan:

Florida Politics: “Gov. DeSantis plans $430M infrastructure spending, padded by federal funds” 

Orlando Sentinel: “DeSantis doles out millions but fails to mention it mostly comes from Uncle Sam” 

Politico: “Florida’s economy did recover quickly due to the governor’s policies while at the same time the federal government flooded the state with billions in aid that helped the state avoid severe budget cuts and let the governor and Legislature dole out lots of money.”

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DNC on the Start of Pride Month

1 Jun

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes issued the following joint statement marking the start of Pride month:

Today marks the start of Pride month. This month, we celebrate love, self-expression, and the freedom to be one’s authentic self. The LGBTQ+ movement is full of remarkable, everyday people who had the courage to assert their freedom. From the first brick at Stonewall to marriage equality, the DNC honors the tremendous progress made to expand LGBTQ+ rights and joins in solidarity as we continue to fight for complete equality. 

This month, we also reaffirm the work ahead. We cannot allow this hard-won progress for the LGBTQ+ community to be undone. Republican attacks on LGBTQ+ people — especially on queer and transgender children — are unacceptable. Democrats across the country have and will continue to push back against the onslaught of homophobic and transphobic attacks we’ve seen in state legislatures.

We are proud of the work the Biden-Harris administration has done thus far: from issuing one of the most comprehensive executive orders in the history of LGBTQ+ rights, to providing Americans with a gender neutral passport marker, to prioritizing the needs of queer and trans foster kids, and fighting for safety and justice for missing and murdered trans BIPOC people. 

Inclusion can and must be the law of the land. That’s why, as Democrats, we firmly support the Equality Act. It is long past time to codify equal protection on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation into law. This Pride month, we recommit to building a country where all Americans can be their true selves — no matter who they love or how they identify.

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21 People Were Murdered and Republicans Are Still Protecting The Gun Lobby

31 May

Last week, 21 people – including 19 children – were killed in a senseless act of gun violence. In the wake of this horrific attack, Republicans were quick to offer their thoughts and prayers, but unsurprisingly, doubled down on their extreme, wildly out-of-touch commitment to the gun lobby.

Instead of taking action to keep our children safe, Republicans across the country are blocking legislation, loosening gun laws, and protecting the gun lobby:

Associated Press: “Senate GOP blocks domestic terrorism bill, gun policy debate”

The Texas Tribune: “Confronted with mass shootings, Texas Republicans have repeatedly loosened gun laws”

The Guardian: “Democrats rush to push gun safety laws after mass shootings as Republicans stall”

In the past week, Republicans have offered nonsensical solutions and excuses for their refusal to combat gun violence in our country:

Heartland Signal: “Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) on whether he would support raising the age to buy an AR-15 from 18 to 21: ‘No… That’s not going to be the solution and it’s going to cause more harm than good.’”

BuzzFeed’s David Mack: “TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick, a fierce opponent of gun control, says today’s shooting may have been caused by Texas schools having ‘too many entrances and too many exits.’”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Twice in recent days [Herschel] Walker has fumbled questions on gun control: In one interview he seemed to suggest monitoring young people’s social media activity, and in another he dodged the question altogether.”

Buzzfeed: “Texas Officials Blame The School Shooting On Mental Health And Not The Guns That Were Used To Kill 19 Children”

Top Republican leaders – including Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor Kristi Noem – doubled down on their commitment to the gun lobby at the NRA convention in Texas, just days after the shooting in Uvalde. 

Vox: “Days after school shooting, Republicans defend gun rights at NRA convention”

Washington Post: “Trump, Cruz join NRA leaders in defiant response to Uvalde shooting”

Insider: “Texas Gov. Abbott gave 2 different speeches about gun control at the same time with 2 different messages. One was in Uvalde, the other was at the NRA convention in Houston.”

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MAGA Republicans Owe Americans Answers on the Economy

31 May

Last night, President Biden published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal where he laid out his plan to combat inflation, lower costs for hardworking families, and continue our historic economic recovery. Meanwhile, MAGA Republicans have proven they have no interest in doing anything to lower prices for the American people. 

Every Republican lawmaker owes the American people answers as to why their party is doing nothing to fight inflation or lower costs: 

  1. What is the Republican plan to combat inflation and lower prices?
  2. How do Republicans explain their consistent votes against helping American families, including lowering the cost of insulin and gas, and helping boost the supply of baby formula?
  3. Why are Republican leaders like Sen. Rick Scott pushing an extreme, ultra-MAGA agenda that could raise taxes on millions of middle- and working-class families? 

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DNC on Shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

25 May

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison issued the following statement:

One of the hardest things to do as a parent is drop your kids off at school knowing you won’t be there to protect them. Everyday worries — whether they will scrape their knee at recess or if they will have to deal with a bully — these things are stressful enough for parents.

My heart and mind cannot fathom the pain, fear, grief, and anger these families must be experiencing now. School is supposed to be a place of learning and fun with friends — a place where every kid should feel comfortable and where every parent can send their children and know they will come home safe and sound.

We cannot continue to live this way. We can and should offer prayers tonight, but we have to be justified by works — not by faith alone. We owe our children and our teachers more than thoughts and prayers. We owe them action.

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Trump, Cruz, Abbott, Noem Choose Gun Lobby Over Kids

25 May

Just days after a gunman murdered 21 people in Texas, Donald Trump and Republican leaders are making clear they stand with the gun lobby over our children.

Senator Ted Cruz, Governors Greg Abbott and Kristi Noem, and Donald Trump are still scheduled to headline the NRA convention this week.

Houston Chronicle: “Trump, Cruz, Abbott still set to speak at NRA meeting in Houston days after Uvalde mass shooting” 

Washington Post: “Trump to speak at NRA meeting in Texas days after school shooting” 

Insider: “Gov. Greg Abbott and Trump scheduled to address NRA conference in Texas 72 hours after elementary-school shooting”

Fox News: “Cruz, Noem headline NRA’s first annual meeting since start of pandemic: ‘Pro-freedom lineup’”

Thoughts and prayers are not enough as the Republican Party makes clear they are beholden to the NRA instead of protecting our children.

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Declaraciones del DNC Sobre el Tiroteo en la Escuela Primaria Robb en Uvalde, Texas

24 May

El presidente del DNC, Jaime Harrison, emitió la siguiente declaración:

Una de las cosas más difíciles para un padre es dejar a sus hijos en la escuela sabiendo que no estará allí para protegerlos. Las preocupaciones cotidianas, si se rasparán la rodilla en el recreo o si tendrán que lidiar con un acosador, son cosas lo suficientemente estresantes para los padres.

Mi corazón y mi mente no pueden imaginar el dolor, el miedo, el duelo y la ira que estas familias deben estar experimentando en este momento. Se supone que la escuela es un lugar de aprendizaje y diversión con amigos, un lugar donde todos los niños deben sentirse cómodos y donde todos los padres pueden enviar a sus hijos sabiendo que volverán a casa sanos y salvos.

No podemos seguir viviendo de esta manera. Podemos y debemos ofrecer oraciones esta noche, pero tenemos que justificarlas actuando, no guiándonos sólo por la fe. Les debemos a nuestros hijos y a nuestros maestros más que pensamientos y oraciones. Les debemos acciones.

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DNC Statement On Rick Scott in New Hampshire

20 May

Today, Senator Rick Scott will be in Newport, New Hampshire headlining the Sullivan County GOP Lincoln Reagan dinner. DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement:

“The Republican Party is too extreme for New Hampshire. Today, the New Hampshire GOP is rolling out the red carpet for Senator Rick Scott as he pushes an extreme and devastating agenda that calls for ending the Social Security and Medicare guarantees. And leading Republicans like Mitch McConnell are making clear a Republican Senate majority could try to criminalize abortion, ban some forms of contraception, and throw doctors in jail. New Hampshire can’t afford the Republican Party’s extreme MAGA agenda and Democrats will ensure Granite State voters know how devastating a Republican majority would be for them.”

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The Republican Party Continues Its Unrelenting War On Reproductive Rights

20 May

Every day since the draft Supreme Court opinion indicating conservative justices are set to overturn Roe v. Wade, Republicans have indicated what their post-Roe world looks like – criminalizing abortion, throwing doctors in jail, and potentially jeopardizing some forms of birth control and IVF treatments.

Yesterday, the Republican-led Oklahoma legislature passed a near complete abortion ban – setting the stage for Oklahoma to become the first state to fully outlaw abortion while Roe v. Wade is still standing. 

Washington Post: “Oklahoma lawmakers pass bill banning abortions after ‘fertilization’”

New York Times: “Oklahoma Legislature Passes Bill Banning Almost All Abortions”

CNN: “Oklahoma lawmakers pass one of nation’s strictest abortion bills banning procedure ‘from fertilization’”

Axios: “The law could affect embryos created through the IVF process and some forms of birth control.” 

Across the country, Republicans are pushing extreme measures that would result in full-blown bans on abortion with NO EXCEPTIONS for rape or incest, criminalize abortion, and threaten jail time for doctors. 

CNN: “Nebraska GOP governor says he will call a special session to pass total abortion ban if Roe is overturned”

The 19th: “Republican state lawmakers prepare to quickly limit abortion access if Roe v. Wade is overturned”

PolitiFact: “Do Republicans want to throw doctors who break abortion laws in jail? Their plans say yes”

The Atlantic: “The GOP’s Strange Turn Against Rape Exceptions”

Poll after poll continues to show just how unpopular the Republican MAGA agenda on abortion is with the American people.

NPR: “Poll: Two-thirds say don’t overturn Roe; the court leak is firing up Democratic voters”

PBS: “Majority of Americans don’t want Roe overturned”

Forbes: “Overturning Roe V. Wade Makes Half Of Americans More Likely To Vote, Poll Finds As Most Oppose Harsh Abortion Restrictions”

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