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Woman who tried to induce abortion with coat-hanger charged with aggravated assault with a weapon

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A Tennessee woman accused of trying to induce an abortion with a coat-hanger is being charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, attempted procurement of a miscarriage and attempted criminal abortion. Amy Yocca allegedly tried to carry out an abortion at 24 weeks, filling up a bath-tub with water and trying to expel the fetus with a coat-hanger. When she started bleeding out her boyfriend took her to the hospital, where medical staff delivered a boy.

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Yocca, who’s been in jail since December 2015, was initially charged with attempted first-degree murder. When a judge asked her if she understood the charges against her, she replied, “Uhh, vaguely,” reports News Channel 5.

The state of Tennessee might expect more tragedies like Yocca’s. In 2015, the state—which, by the standards of the South, allowed slightly better access to abortion—passed a strict abortion law inaugurating a series of restrictions. Women seeking abortions have to undergo in-person “counseling” and wait 48 hours, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Clinics performing more than 50 procedures have to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers.

As Think Progress noted, both supporters and opponents of the restrictions pointed to the fact that a quarter of Tennessee abortions were sought by women in surrounding states, with anti-abortion forces decrying “abortion tourism” in the state. Pro-choice advocates and health providers pointed to a different underlying issue.

“Abortion rights in the South are going away, and it’s tragic,” Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee president Jeff Teague told the Tennessean. “We’re creating a situation where women only in certain parts of the country have access. If the abortion amendment passes, we’re likely to see similar rights disappearing here.”

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Looks like that might get in the way of Donald Trump’s plan for women if Roe v. Wade is overturned—in his 60 Minutes interview with Leslie Stahl, he said of women in states that outlaw abortion, “they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state.”


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Trump lashes out at Lindsey Graham after he accuses the president of showing ‘weakness’

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President Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham, once bitter enemies, have become close allies since the 2016 election as the South Carolina Republican realized it was in his personal interest to cozy up to the White House. But on Tuesday, fractures emerged between the two in public over a key issue for Graham: Iran.

Graham is on the severely hawkish wing of the Republican Party, and he clearly wants a war with Iran. He began a series of tweets Tuesday by praising Vice President Mike Pence’s briefing that day about the recent attack on Saudi oil infrastructure, saying he believes that “such a sophisticated attack could not have occurred without Iran’s blessing and direct involvement.” He called it an “an act of war” and lauded the Trump administration’s “efforts to create a regional coalition, thoroughly brief the Congress on the actions taken, and come up with a plan of action to restore deterrence against an evil regime in Iran.”

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Right-wingers have a full-blown freakout over Kavanaugh revelations — and it could blow up in their faces

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Do Republicans think “men are the real victims of sexism” is a winning argument going into the 2020 election? That sounds preposterous, but there are strong indications that Donald Trump and other leading Republicans believe they can win by feeding a “victim mentality” in men, a mentality they otherwise tend to decry when detected in actual victims.

On Sunday, the New York Times published an article by the authors of a new book about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, introducing more corroborating evidence for claims that Kavanaugh had a history throughout high school and college of getting trashed and then sexually abusing his female classmates. That story, almost a year after Kavanaugh’s momentous confirmation hearings, was interesting further evidence that Kavanaugh likely perjured himself before the Senate. Ultimately, it doesn’t really change anything, since there’s little reason to believe that anyone actually believed Kavanaugh was telling the truth at the time.

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WATCH: Lewandowski’s lawyer freaks out, tries to block Congress from asking any further questions

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During the House Judiciary Committee testimony of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski about the Russia investigation, Lewandowski's attorney frantically crashed the witness table and demanded that Congress stop asking questions of his client.

"Mister Chairman, as you know I am counsel for Mr. Lewandowski—" began the attorney.

"You are not a witness and you should not be seated at that table," cut in House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sharply.

"I understand that," said Lewandowski's attorney. "I will leave after I register a formal protest based upon the debate that I heard. These seem to be unauthorized questions and I know you choose your words carefully—"

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