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Monday, July 4, 2022

First Post-Roe Independence Day

slanted light
the rise and fall
of her belly

unbroken heat
an 800-mile road trip
to the clinic

firework-lit sky
in the cheap motel window
a dream deferred 

blood-scrawled on the entrance
silence between us

what ifs ....
return trip from the clinic
in gathering dark

FYI: The New Yorker, July 2: The Dobbs Decision Has Unleashed Legal Chaos for Doctors and Patients: Overturning Roe v. Wade put old laws—including one from the nineteenth century—back on the books, and opened the door for new ones with ambiguous language and glaring omissions.

For examples:

Case 1: Watch ABC, Station 15, June 30 News, Arizona: Arizonan's react to Attorney General Mark Brnovich's announcement that a "1901 [even before Arizona was a state] abortion law" will take place following the overturn of Roe v Wade.

Case 2: Insider, July 1A 10-year-old was forced to cross state lines for an abortion after Ohio's ban went into place. The Indiana doctor who helped her will soon be unable to assist others.

With abortion outlawed after six weeks in Ohio, physicians in neighboring Indiana described an influx of out-of-state patients seeking care. Among them: a pregnant 10-year-old.

In Indiana, for now at least, abortion is legal up to 22 weeks after a pregnant person's last menstrual cycle.

In comparison with the following case in Brazil:

Insider, July, 2: A judge in Brazil ordered a 10-year-old rape victim to be removed from her family and sent to a shelter to prevent her from having an abortion.

And Los Angeles Times, July 3After Roe vs. Wade reversal, a new war between the states

The result is a Pandora’s box of new questions: Can a state prohibit its citizens from traveling elsewhere to seek an abortion? From buying mifepristone pills through the U.S. mail? From merely seeking information about abortion options?

The battle won’t be confined within state boundaries. It’s already turning into a virtual war between the states. Texas has passed a law allowing its citizens to sue abortion providers in other states if they treat Texan women. Missouri’s Legislature is considering similar legislation. California, in return, has not only passed a law protecting its citizens from liability for aiding an abortion, but Gov. Gavin Newsom has also promised to provide "sanctuary” for out-of-state women who seek the procedure in his state.

“Our ability to muddle through and find an equilibrium has eroded," he said. "The danger is that we will slip back into the kind of tensions between the states that occurred in the 1850s. I don’t think we’re there yet, but I’m pretty worried.”

And USA Today, July 5Interstate abortion travel bans? We're supposed to be a free country, not East Germany.

In 1952, citizens of Soviet-controlled East Germany could travel only 100 kilometers (about 62 miles) without permission. If you lived in East Berlin after 1961, you could be shot and killed if you tried to get past the heavily fortified and guarded Berlin Wall.

AddedThis Brave New World, XLVIII

parade shooting
the silence of "what if'
follows us home

FYI: CNN, July 5: July Fourth celebrations in Highland Park, Illinois, end in terror after mass shooting leaves 6 dead and dozens injured

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker: I’m furious because it does not have to be this way. And yet we as a nation, well, we continue to allow this to happen. While we celebrate the Fourth of July just once a year, mass shootings have become our weekly — yes, weekly — American tradition.”

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have now been 315 mass shootings in the United States so far this year...