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PA Dem shreds GOP-led anti-abortion bill: This 82 percent-male House is putting ‘women on the menu’

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Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims gave an impassioned speech this week on the state House floor, opposing legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless deemed absolutely necessary, the Friendly Atheist reports.

Sims, an attorney, was speaking out against House Bill 1948, which would limit the abortion ban to 20 weeks instead of the current 24 weeks. It would also sharply curtail the use of the often-safest abortion technique for mothers after the first trimester, known as “dilation and evacuation,” PennLive reports.

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Under the new law, it would be re-termed “dismemberment abortion” and banned except in cases where the mother is at risk of dying or having severe impairments as a result of not having it.

“I implored you then as I do now — as an attorney, as a civil rights advocate, and as a legislator that has sworn to uphold the Constitution and not the Bible or any other religious document — to see this legislation for what it actually is,” Sims told state lawmakers. “An end around the U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution that is beneath this body.”

He added, “This legislation does nothing to create jobs, does nothing to fill schools, to alleviate economic or financial pressures. It doesn’t fund our infrastructure, support our small businesses, or create a better future for the Commonwealth. What this bill does is attack the very citizens and voters who created this government.”

Sims then told the story of a woman who was forced to get an abortion at the 20-week mark because the fetus had catastrophic and deadly birth defects that essentially closed off the trachea from the rest of the body, causing the body to swell.

“Legislators like each of us in this room have absolutely no business making personal medical decisions for other people,” Sims implored. “Virtually every person in this room has had to make a major medical decision for themselves or for a loved one. Now imagine having to come here. Each of you, imagine having to stand at this podium and implore this room to allow you to make a personal medical decision for yourself or for a loved one.”

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This billionaire Republican governor has been sued dozens of times for millions in unpaid bills

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Raymond Dye had a buildup of blood behind his left eye that prevented him from seeing. David Polk had an abnormal heartbeat, and his wife had high cholesterol. Roger Wriston’s wife had a bad back.

All the men had worked for a collection of coal companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice and his family, which had pledged to provide health insurance after the miners retired. Last year, though, the retirees learned that those firms had stopped paying their premiums. And as a result, their coverage had been terminated. Polk skipped doctor appointments.

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‘Recipe for disaster’: NC doctor slams Trump’s hopes for a packed GOP convention as ‘an incredibly bad idea’

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A North Carolina strongly cautioned his state's governor from caving in to President Donald Trump's wishes for a packed Republican National Convention.

The president has threatened to move the RNC this summer from Charlotte if Gov. Roy Cooper did not ease coronavirus restrictions to allow for a full-scale event, but a local physician told WCNC-TV that Trump's plan was unreasonable.

"What do we know about infections?" said Dr. Jeffrey Galvin, of the Vitality Medical Wellness group. "Infection requires two things, exposure plus time."

Trump wants to pack 20,000 Republicans, journalists and others into Spectrum Center in August, but Galvin said infected people shed small amounts of the virus every time they breathe.

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Trump Tower’s profits magically grew by $3 million in 2010 — which helped them borrow another $73 million

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A decade ago, loan filings showed Trump Tower in New York City had a reported profit of about $13.3 million. But when the tower refinanced its debt soon after, the profits for the same year — 2010 — somehow appeared higher. A new lender listed the profits as $16.1 million, or 21% more than they had been recorded previously.

The next year’s earnings for the building also “improved” between the two filings. Profits for 2011 were listed as 12% higher under the new loan than the old, according to reports by loan servicers and data provider Trepp.

ProPublica uncovered the Trump Tower discrepancies by examining publicly available data for mortgages that are packaged into securities known as commercial mortgage-backed securities, comparing the same years in reports for different CMBS. If a bank had held onto the loan, instead of selling it to investors, such information would have been kept private. No evidence has emerged that the Trump Organization was involved in changing the profit figures.

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