and not have to answer questions, even to a policeman about whether they are coming from or going. IT IS ONLY THE WOMAN's BUSINESS.
Why does this even come up, and with all the FREEDOM, FREEDOM (including people who say they have freedom not to infect other people through Covid), every single United States citizen should be shouting that women are free to travel. But some Republicans do not think so.
The eight-page bill would make it unlawful for a person or a government official to prevent or punish traveling across state lines "to receive or provide reproductive health care that is legal in that State." It also would bar states from imposing laws that prohibit women from traveling to other states to get abortions.
Cortez Masto said in a statement, “Anti-choice state legislators in Missouri, Texas, and Arkansas have said they want to pass bills to fine or prosecute women who travel for health care."....
Republicans considering interstate travel restrictions "want to hold women captive in their own states," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a co-sponsor of Cortez Masto's bill. "They want to punish women and anyone who might help them for exercising their constitutional right to travel within our country, to get the services that they need in another state. I hope everyone really observes how extreme and how radical and how un-American that is.”
Republicans want to say that anyone who objects to women being able to travel out of state is radical. I'm sure if some of these people lived around the time when slavery was legal and some slaves travelled to *free* states would have thought that was radical too.
And how the heck would this even be enforced? Have traffic stops at state lines where every women would be questioned about where they were going and coming from and what purpose for going into another UNITED STATES state? Sheesh. It's interesting to note that apparently there was a chance when covid was rampant that President Biden might mandate vaccinations for interstate travel-the article, from Daily Wire, says that would have likely violated the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Well, SO WOULD STOPPING WOMEN. Are Republicans really wanted to put out a standard that definitely sets women as less deserving of citizenship than men?
Not all Republicans, apparently just the House Republican Representatives, because there are Republican Senators who know this would be unconstitutional
Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said it would be "unconstitutional" to restrict people from traveling across state lines to seek abortion services.
"We cannot stop people from traveling anyplace they want to," he told reporters Wednesday. "It's a constitutional issue and a freedom."
The issue has gained traction after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and, with it, a constitutional right to abortion. Now, as Republican-led states work to curtail or outlaw the procedure, some abortion opponents have advocated for putting restrictions on a person's ability to travel to other states where abortions are more accessible.
Some major companies, including Amazon, Citigroup, Salesforce and Tesla, have begun to cover travel expenses for employees who need to travel out of their home state to seek abortion services.
My view is that it should not depend upon companies to cover travel expenses to get to a state where women are treated as equal citizens of the United States. In fact, criminal kooks like Texas Republican Legislators went to pass legislation that
would bar corporations from doing business in Texas if they pay for abortions in states where the procedure is legal.
This would explicitly prevent firms from offering employees access to abortion-related care through health insurance benefits. It would also expose executives to criminal prosecution under pre-Roe anti-abortion laws the Legislature never repealed, the legislators say.
Yesterday, Sidley Chair Yvette Ostolaza received a letter (below) from the ironically named Texas Freedom Caucus threatening the firm for taking care of the healthcare needs of its employees:
The letter also details proposed legislation to be introduced in Texas that will “impose additional civil and criminal sanctions on law firms that pay for abortions or abortion travel.” The “Freedom” Caucus would like to impose felony criminal sanctions on anyone paying for an abortion, allow private citizens to sue over it à la SB 8, and any lawyer who “furnish[es] the means for procuring an abortion knowing the purpose intended” will face disbarment. The letter threatens, “The state of Texas will ensure that you and colleagues are held accountable for every abortion that you illegally assisted.”We reached out to Sidley for comment, but did not immediately hear back.
In this fight over the fundamental right to travel — for whatever reasons — Sidley will need a few good lawyers. Fortunately, I hear they’ve got a few of those kicking around.
My guess is that Texas no longer wants to be business friendly and is wanting to chase off qualified professional employees that will live elsewhere, especially women who believe their lives are in danger due to the radical legislation re: abortions.
Back to my original premise. I saw the other day someone on a chat board mention that they had been stopped for speeding and the woman driving was asked where she was going (she was in a different state than she lived in). The question is, does this sort-of "SHOW US YOUR PAPERS" have to be done? Even if were a man being asked, is this a legitimate question given the context?
I’ve been stopped by the police in public
- You have the right to remain silent. For example, you do not have to answer any questions about where you are going, where you are traveling from, what you are doing, or where you live. If you wish to exercise your right to remain silent, say so out loud. (In some states, you may be required to provide your name if asked to identify yourself, and an officer may arrest you for refusing to do so.)
- You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings, but police may pat down your clothing if they suspect a weapon. Note that refusing consent may not stop the officer from carrying out the search against your will, but making a timely objection before or during the search can help preserve your rights in any later legal proceeding.
- If you are arrested by police, you have the right to a government-appointed lawyer if you cannot afford one.
- You do not have to answer questions about where you were born, whether you are a U.S. citizen, or how you entered the country. (Separate rules apply at international borders and airports as well as for individuals on certain nonimmigrant visas, including tourists and business travelers. For more specific guidance about how to deal with immigration-related questions, see our immigrants’ rights section.)
- Adding- The Republican party wants to pretend that they are not trying to prevent women from travelling freely to other states. HELLO_ TEXAS!
- Rolling Stone
Democratic state Rep. James Talarico, who works in the Texas State House alongside the letter’s authors, is urging Democrats in Washington to take the threats seriously.
“As the Republican Party spirals toward fascism, these ideas that are on the fringe are moving to the center of their party. And I’m seeing that on issue after issue,” Talarico tells Rolling Stone. He cited the legislature’s approval last year of permitless carry — the notion that anyone can carry a gun without a license or training — as evidence. When the idea was first floated, Talarico says, “It was seen as outrageous and fringe. Two years later, it’s the law of the land here in Texas. People need to understand how some of these extreme voices are taking over the Republican Party influencing policy. What seems fringe today is becoming mainstream in the Republican party tomorrow.”
“It’s really easy to slip into denial that this is happening around us,” he adds.