Glenn Beck: The Council of Dads

Bruce Feiler’s new book is The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me.  To watch a video of the first-ever meeting of The Council of Dads, and to download tips for starting your own Council Moms or Council of Dads, please visit 

GLENN: The Council Of Dads, Bruce Feiler is I don't mean to impose my friendship of him, but is becoming a friend of mine, a written and a man I deeply respect. He wrote the book that I told you about, America's Prophet, that is just eye opening. It is really a fascinating historical look at America and the role that Moses played in America. He wrote this book called the Council Of Dads and he has also written something for the website under the family and relationship section at (link: The Council of Dads).

He writes, Last fall, Glenn Beck invited me on his radio show to discuss my new book, America's Prophet, about the influence of Moses on American life. That visit initiated an ongoing conversation about faith, family, and America. What Glenn didn't know as he reached out to me was I was involved in a much deeper personal struggle that taught me more about faith and family than I have ever known. In July 2008 I learned that I had a seven inch cancerous tumor in my left femur. I instantly worried about my three year old twin daughters and what life might be like for them. Would they wonder who I was, would they wonder what I thought? Three days later I awoke with an idea of how I might give them voice. I would reach out to six different men from all parts of my life and ask them to form a Council Of Dads. The men ranged from my oldest buddy to my newest pal. I asked each of them to teach a different lesson to my girls, how to live, how to travel, how to think, how to dream. I asked them each for a single page to convey to my daughters. Their answers ranged from how to take a trip, be a traveler, not a tourist, how to make your dreams come true. Don't see the wall. One counseled that even in hard times, they should even harvest the miracles around them. These answers were intended for my girls, but they have ever made me a better dad.

He's put it now in a book, the lessons that he learned from his friends and the lessons for his daughters, you might have read about it in the "USA Today" weekend section, I think it was last week or the week before.

Bruce Feiler and the Council of Dads. Bruce, how are you, sir?

FEILER: Always nice to be with you and since you just, I guess, Facebook friend requested me on the radio show, I should start by accepting your Facebook friend request.

GLENN: That's somebody else doing that. I didn't ask you to be my Facebook friend. So, Bruce, tell me the biggest thing that you learned through this experience and how it would relate to somebody who's not going through a life threatening illness.

FEILER: Yeah. I think that it's interesting that this idea came out of a life threatening situation for me but I don't think it's about cancer and I don't even think it's really about parenting. I think at its heart, the idea behind the Council Of Dads is about friendship, about building a bridge between your friends and your family and inviting your friends to play a more active role in your children's lives and I think that to me what the idea is at its heart and I think that people what are responding I'm in Washington this morning. I'm not in New York and I did an event last night which is interesting to watch. I've never had this experience. I think you had it with Christmas Sweater, when you have this emotional connection, when you've written something

GLENN: Yeah.

FEILER: that people want to do something with and a woman there, she had lost her husband. She bought one for each of her grown children so they could feel connected to their father. Somebody else who had just lost her father bought a copy of Council Of Dads to give to her mom on Mother's Day. A man that lost his father 38 years ago bought six copies to use as a way to invite their friends into a council. And I have to say, I was thinking, you know, in anticipation of talking to you, I went back and looked at some of the things that you outlined in the 9/12 project and I was just interested that you one of things that you felt compelled to say was that family is sacred, like there is something out there right now, it's, like, somehow there is an anti family idea out there, they conspire almost against having friends and I think why I wanted to write this in a book was to sort of inspire people and move people to remember that thing that is at the heart, like, I come from a town in Georgia and I think in a lot of ways this book for me is a way of capturing the values that I had growing up that we've lost, a way of having an extended family around us with your children at the heart.

GLENN: How difficult was it for you to think I mean, I've how difficult was it for you to think my kids I won't be there for them and then to choose the people that you said, Okay, well, this guy, he's got this piece of me and he understands this piece of me and he'll be able to explain when they have when they have doubts or questions or their they're going into college, he can be there to explain this one piece?

FEILER: Well, as a father, you think about and I've sure you've gone through this many times yourself with your own children, I might be curious to now how your mind works in this way, do you think, oh, the boys I'm not going to scowl at or the aisles I'm not going to walk down or what am I going to say the night before they have their first child or the first time they get their heartbroken and for me it was about voice and I wanted to reach out to these friends and it was a Linda, my wife, joked that it was like having six marriage proposals, to sit down with these men and ask them to play this role in my girls' lives, but it was what they started telling me that was so transformed this idea of being a traveler, not a tourist. When you travel, go out there and don't just look in the mud puddle but jump in and thrash around and get covered in mud. And I know you have that philosophy of really engaging life and I remember the first time I had one of these conversations with these men and I went to my wife and said, you know, their advice is not just going to change our daughters' lives, it's going to change our lives, too, and I think that is really the secret of this. We did it for the girls but it's really helped us because I think it says to your kids, I mean, you know, you've spoken about your dad and I'll be curious, I mean, you've learned a lot, you've spoken a lot about the ability of fathers and families to be at the heart of America, to, like, say, You can come through a difficult situation and do you know what? You end up stronger. I feel safer now, having this idea and I feel so much better because I actually wrote this down in a book to give to my kids that people can pass around an it's inspiring people in their own lives to say, what would northbound my council and what advice can I give to my children and it begins this conversation and if the Council Of Dads can inspire that conversation in America, then this has been a real gift in my life.

GLENN: I just started a new diary. You know, I put it on a shelf. I finish one and I put it on a shelf and I just finished one and I went back to the beginning of it and I realized, wow, I've written two since this point and I went back to look. The first pages in the diary that I started September was about 40 pages just to my daughter. I wrote it as I was listening to the counsel she was being given by her college and they were sailing, Hey, you're a freshman and you're going to get this, and I'm sitting there listening to it and some of the things I wrote, I hope you disregard this, what he just said, but I wrote several pages on just advice. I haven't given it to my daughter. I planned on it and then I thought, I'm going to write it out nice and I never got around to it and now it's more in my philosophy and I think this is kind of one thing that people could do, like you say, you wrote it down, I think your children, if they can read your diaries later in life, when they are your age, they will see that you're no different, you think your parents are perfect or they know or and so you say, gosh, I don't know how my parents do this, because I'm bluffing. They were, too. We just don't tell you that when we're scolding you, because if you know we're bluffing, you could win. Do you know what I mean? So, just making a diary of your thoughts and your philosophy also makes a difference and is a Council Of Dads like, wouldn't you say, in a way, because wasn't part of your idea to be able to pass on who you were to your children and have them know when they had questions, how you would have

FEILER: That's exactly right. And I think one of the reasons that I came out from wry experience with was leave something behind for your kids and I think if my book is inspiring people to do that is correct that's from. As you know, in the book I went back and I my grandfather was an old fashioned southern man, didn't speak a lot. It turns out when he died, he left behind 28 cassette tapes, 28 cassette tapes, and I went back and listened to them. No one had ever listened to them in my family. And it was I felt he was kind of alone because he didn't have anyone to talk to, but he was telling me stories in these tapes and it was clear he wanted somebody to listen. My father, my favorite chapter in the Council Of Dads, one of them, is on my father. He's a man of a lot of wisdom. He's done a lot of things and I was able to put them into the book, but they're very short. I mean, he makes Twitter look long. And here I spent an entire book writing a book about wisdom for my children and I think that what there's kind of this evolution of manhood and what people are saying to me my wife is very funny on this topic. She was, like, I would listen to you have these conversations with these men. It turns out you guys were talking about balancing work and family and your feelings, even your weight, and your fears in life. It's exactly what the moms would talk about at preschool drop off. And she was, like, The woman are looking at this book as king of a peek into male intimacy, like what you guys talk about behind the locker room door or when you go fishing. And I think people are craving it and I think this one of the things that I think connected you and me in that first conversation we had about America's prophet Was this idea of you saying you wanted to teach your children the love of history that you have and the fact that you were able to get a big idea that really inspired you and bring it back to the human level of it's about passing on this love to your children. That's when I thought, do you know what? Glenn and I have this interest in the world and in history but also in your family and it's something we have in common.

GLENN: Yeah. I think everybody does. When it all comes down to it, you know, the old cliche, when you're on your death bed, you know, you never say, Oh, I wish I would have spent more time in the office, there is I have a couple of times in the last couple of years that one was and I thought I was having a heart attack and the time to the hospital was

FEILER: Oh, wow.

GLENN: terrifying and I remember being in the car and, you know, my wife was, like, you know, you're not driving, you're not driving and I'm trying to act all no. It's nothing. And we get halfway to the hospital and I said to my wife, I'm trying to tell her this without not freaking her out and I got very quiet for a long time because I realized I was trying to figure out how do I say this to her, but it was overwhelming and I said so her, Honey, when you drop me off, if something looks like it's going wrong, just go back and get the kids and it was such a stunning moment that where everything is in perspective, that it is really, when it coming down to it, it's nothing, nothing but your family and your kids. It's a great new book. It's called the Council Of Dads. It is available everywhere by Bruce Feiler, who is an artist with words. You will love this book and you will fall in love with Bruce Feiler as just a decent, decent human being. The Council Of Dads, Bruce Feiler, available everywhere now. Bruce, best of luck.

FEILER: Talk to you soon.

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Editor's Note: Arizona House Bill HB2770 has since been shut down! AZ Rep. Rachel Jones tweeted that the AZ Freedom Caucus shut down the bill before it could reach the board. It is encouraging to see states stepping to protect the American people from getting one step closer to a Central Bank Digital Currency. Hopefully, Arizona will be a precedent for the other states!

On today's radio broadcast, Glenn warned about dangerous Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) language being smuggled into routine legislation in REPUBLICAN-led states. This is unacceptable, and as Glenn said, we can't let this legislation pass as it now stands.

The legislation being used to smuggle in this CBDC language is the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), a routine piece of legislation passed on the state level that helps standardize commercial and business transactions. However, a new round of UCCs being deliberated RIGHT NOW amongst a swath of Republican-led states anticipate the use of "electronic money." In a public letter sent to the Republican states currently deliberating this legislation, the Pro-Family Legislative Network said this can only refer to the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) under consideration and testing by the Federal Reserve. Biden's Executive Order 14067 issued in March of 2022 started the push for CBDC, and now these states, knowingly or unknowingly, are laying the legislative groundwork for making CBDC a reality.

There is absolutely no reason why Republican-led states should aid in laying the foundation for CBDC, yet 12 of them are deliberating it RIGHT NOW, with one UCC bill already on one GOP governor's desk! We have to act NOW to stop these UCCs in their tracks and demand our lawmakers amend the bills without the "electronic money" language.

If your state is listed below, contact your representative NOW to put an end to CBDC language.

1. North Dakota

North Dakota House Bill HB1082 passed BOTH chambers and is now sitting on Governor Burgum's desk. Burgun has 3 DAYS to veto this bill once it's placed on his desk—if not, it will pass automatically. If you are a North Dakota resident, it is absolutely CRUCIAL that you contact Governor Burgum's office NOW and demand that he veto this bill and re-introduce it without the "electronic money" language.

2. Arizona

Arizona House Bill HB2770 has been SHUT DOWN! See the above editor's note for more details.

Arizona House Bill HB2770 passed the House majority and minority caucuses. Arizona residents, contact your representative's office NOW so that they amend this bill without the "electronic money" language.

3. Arkansas

Arkansas House Bill HB1588 is in committee, and if passed, will head to the House floor. Though the bill is only in its beginning stages, it's important for Arkansas residents to stop this bill in its tracks and amend it without the "electronic money" language.

4. Missouri

Missouri House Bill HB1165 is also in its beginning stages in committee. That means it's important to contact your representative as soon as possible to amend it without the "electronic money" language.

5. Oklahoma

Oklahoma House Bill HB 2776 passed the House Committee and will go to a chamber vote soon. If passed, it will go to the Senate, then the governor's desk. If you are an Indiana resident, contact your representative's office NOW to amend the bill without the "electronic money" language.

6. Indiana

Indiana Senate Bill SB0486 passed the Senate and is headed to the House. Republicans control Indiana's executive office and BOTH chambers of the legislature. There is no excuse for this bill to pass. If you are an Indiana resident, it's vital you contact your representative NOW and demand they amend this bill without the "electronic money" language.

7. Kentucky

Kentucky Senate Bill SB64 passed the Senate and is now being deliberated in the House. If you live in Kentucky, contact your representative's office to amend the bill without the "electronic money" language.

8. Montana

Montana Senate Bill SB370 passed the Senate and was sent to the House on March 3rd. If you are a Montana resident, contact your representative's office NOW so that the bill doesn't without changing the "electronic money" language.

9. Nebraska

Nebraska's Legislative Bill LB94 passed committee and the first floor vote. As Nebraska only has one legislative chamber, this bill is dangerously close to passing the legislature and being sent to the governor's desk. If you are a Nebraska resident, contact your representative's office NOW and demand they amend the bill without the "electronic money" language.

10. New Hampshire

New Hampshire House Bill HB584 is currently in House committee deliberations and has not yet reached the House floor. If you are a New Hampshire resident, contact your representative's office NOW to amend the bill without the "electronic money" language.

11. Tennessee

Tennessee House Bill HB0640 didn't successfully pass the House. However, it was deferred to a Senate committee and has now taken the form of Senate Bill SB0479, which is now in committee. This bill is still alive, and it's important for you, Tennessee residents, to stop it before it reaches the floor! Contact your representative to amend the bill without the "electronic money" language.

12. Texas

Texas House Bill HB5011 was filed and is ready to be taken up by committee. Fellow Texans, let's not let this bill progress any further! Contact your representative and demand they amend the bill without the "electronic money" language.

6 things you NEED to know about the Silicon Valley Bank collapse

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Silicon Valley Bank's collapse is sparking traumatic memories of the 2008 financial crash. Should we be worried SVB is signaling a similar economic catastrophe, or is everyone overreacting to the media's hype? Glenn told his listeners to be "healthily terrified." This event is sure to have ripple effects throughout the economy, but the more you are informed about it, the more you can prepare. Here are 6 things you need to know about Silicon Valley Bank's crash—explained in simple words.

1. The short answer to what happened: SVB didn't have enough money to pay its depositors.

Remember the scene from It's a Wonderful Life when all of the residents make a run on George Bailey's bank demanding their money? Fortunately for them, their money was in the altruistic hands of George Bailey, who used his honeymoon savings to give the depositors the money they demanded.

Silicon Valley Bank's depositors weren't so lucky.

In short, the depositors made a run on Silicon Valley Bank, demanding the withdrawal of their money. But SVB simply didn't have the liquid money available to give their depositors, causing regulators to shut down the bank shortly afterward.

2. It all started with COVID...

Why didn't SVB have enough money for its depositors? To explain this, we have to go back to the pandemic era.

The pandemic saw a rapid decrease in spending and a massive increase in bank deposits. Due to the uncertainty of the future and lockdowns limiting ways to spend money on recreational activities, like restaurants, bars, and other outlets, many Americans stocked up money in their accounts. In fact, SVB's deposits doubled in 2021 alone, bringing in more money than they could lend out to their clients.

To make a return on their available cash, SVB wanted to invest it, as many banks do. Since they had reached their lending limit, they decided to invest it in U.S. Treasury Securities, which are the government's means of funding itself without using taxation (in a nutshell). These are considered "ultra-safe" investments because they are backed by the "full faith and credit of the federal government."

Unlike other forms of investments, investing in Treasuries means the government will do everything within its legal power to pay back the money used to fund itself. In other words, it is typically very safe... so what happened?

3. Then came the magic cocktail—record-high inflation and rising interest rates...

Interest rates ruined the typically "ultra-safe" investment. Due to 40-year record-high inflation, the Fed lifted rates eight times by a total of 4.25 percentage points in 2022, raising interest rates from 0.25 percent to 4.375 percent. This means the value of U.S. Treasuries investments plummeted rapidly. SVB reported that it lost $1.8 billion due to the decreased value of its Treasuries investments after a year of rising interest rates.

This raises the following question: why didn't SVB just weather the storm and wait for interest rates to decrease? There are two issues with this. The first is that, with so many of their assets held up in Treasuries investments, SVB still wouldn't have enough liquid assets to give their depositors during the bank run.

The second issue is that Treasuries investments have a ten-year limit. In 2021 during the Trump administration, interest rates were at an all-time low of 0.125 percent.

The record-fast increase of interest rates in 2022 caused very little chance for rates to go back down to their historic 2021 lows within ten years for banks to make their money back on their investments.

To avoid this, SVB planned to sell their investments at a loss and re-purchase Treasuries investments at the decreased value, giving them an extra ten years to bet on decreased interest rates in the future.

But people caught on to SVB's plan and didn't want to ride with the risk.

4. Account holders withdrew their money... FAST.

As aforementioned, SVP lost $1.8 billion when it sold its depleted Treasuries investments. While they were betting on being able to re-purchase the devalued securities, hoping that they would go up in value in the future with lowered interest rates, investors were worried about the risk.

Once they made the announcement of their $1.8 billion loss, their stocks began to drop, and venture capitalists warned the companies they invest in to pull out of SVB. This had a snowball effect, leading to a "bank run" of depositors demanding to withdraw their money from their SVB accounts.

This led to the perfect storm: SVB's investment losses coupled with the influx of withdrawals were so immense that regulators had to step in and shut the bank down to protect depositors. The government currently "running" SVB, for all practical purposes, is the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The FDIC closed SVB on Friday and reopened the bank on Monday, March 13th as the Deposit Insurance Bank of Santa Clara.

5. Some people may lose their money. 

Banks insure accounts with $250,000 or less with FDIC insurance. That means, in cases of bank failure, exactly like this one, the FDIC covers all accounts less than $250,000. The FDIC said SVB customers who had less than $250,000 in their accounts will have access to all of their money when the bank reopens. Since it reopened this week, they should have access to their funds.

However, many of SVB's depositors had more than $250,000 in their accounts—it is Silicon Valley after all. Therefore, their accounts were not covered by FDIC insurance. Will they get their money back? There is a chance that they will not.

It is unclear how much SVB currently has to cover uninsured deposits. It is likely not enough. The FDIC has issued a "Receiver's Certificate" to the uninsured account holders with the amount in their account that is not covered by FDIC insurance.

The FDIC said it will pay some of the uninsured deposits by next week by liquidating any additional assets held by SVB. However, if the liquidated assets are not enough, many of SVB's uninsured account holders could lose their money for good.

6. Is this 2008 all over again?

SVB's collapse was the largest bank failure since 2008, when Washington Mutual failed with $307 billion in assets. Its failure, along with the collapse of the Lehman Brother's investment bank, triggered the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Are we in danger of repeating 2008?

Some argue that we are not in danger of another economic catastrophe, simply because SVB holds less than 1 percent of the nation's assets. However, as Glenn warns, there is a danger of banks repeating the same mistakes as SVP.

SVP wasn't the only bank to use its surplus deposits to invest in U.S. Treasuries, which means that other banks are wrestling with the depleted value of their securities investments due to rising interest rates.

Bank of America, for example, lost $109 billion in their securities investments due to rising interest rates, the most among its peers—and Bank of America is no small fish in the ocean of assets.

Other major banks recorded other massive losses in their securities investments due to rising interest rates. JP Morgan Chase lost $36 billion, Wells Fargo lost $41 billion, Citigroup lost $25 billion, and Goldman Sachs lost $1 billion. If the little banks collapse, will they get the same effort and attention from the federal government as the "big guys?"

The critic may argue that these are still small values given the incredibly large amount of assets held in banks nationwide. However, this is missing the point. Major banks have majorly invested in securities since the pandemic-era skyrocketing rate of deposits. Now those investments are depleted in value.

They can either sell those investments at a loss, or they can wait and hope that they will recover over time. However, if those investments are no longer liquid, what happens when their depositors come knocking? Will they have enough liquid assets to cover a massive bank run? These are the lingering questions that our banks need to address.

As Glenn says, this will impact you—it is only a matter of time. What will you do to prepare?

Glenn just purchased the entire historical Roe v. Wade archive as a solemn reminder of our nation's past and the vital importance of honoring the sacredness of life. Since Roe was overturned in 2022, many states have been stepping up to protect both their unborn citizens AND the mothers carrying them.

Which states are doing the most to protect their most vulnerable? Here are the top 12 states with the strictest laws against abortion.

1. Alabama

​Alabama has some of the nation's most protective pro-life measures, banning all abortions in the case of life-threatening circumstances for the mother. That means abortion is banned at every ​stage of pregnancy. Health care providers found guilty of performing abortions face a class-A felony, the most serious charge besides Capitol Murder, with the potential of carrying a life sentence in prison. However, the pill, Plan B, is classified as "contraception" rather than abortion. Taxpayer-funded Medicaid does not cover abortion procedures except in very limited circumstances.

Alabama is one of the few states to add protections within its state constitution for the unborn. The state:

Acknowledges, declares, and affirms that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life.

2. Arkansas

Like Alabama, Arkansas bans abortion at every stage of pregnancy except in life-threatening situations for the mother. However, Plan B is still considered "contraception" and is legal. Taxpayer-funded Medicaid does not cover abortion procedures except in very limited circumstances. Additionally, Arkansas added the amendment to its state constitution, declaring:

The policy of Arkansas is to protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth, to the extent permitted by the Federal Constitution.

3. Idaho

Idaho bans abortions at every stage of pregnancy with the exceptions of life-threatening situations to the mother and instances of rape and incest. The health care practitioner who gave an abortion must prove "affirmative defense," which means they have to prove in court why the abortion is necessary and meets the legal criteria. Patients approved for abortion must wait 24 hours after counseling to receive the procedure. Anyone who performs an abortion unless it's in one of the approved cases will face felony charges. Like Alabama and Arkansas, taxpayer-funded Medicaid does not cover abortion procedures.

Unlike Alabama and Arkansas, Idaho law does not include explicit constitutional or statutory protections for abortion.

4. Kentucky

Kentucky has also banned abortion at all stages of pregnancy except in life-threatening situations for the mother. There are no exceptions for rape or incest. However, abortion providers are fighting the all-out ban on abortion through appealing to the state's previous abortion ban after six weeks of pregnancy. The appeal is ongoing.

Though Kentucky voters voted down a proposal to add an amendment to the state constitution banning abortion, the state adopted the following policy towards abortion in 2018:

Children, whether born or unborn, are the greatest natural resource in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

5. Louisiana

Louisiana also banned abortion at all stages of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest. However there is an appeal to allow abortions in the case of rape and incest. Healthcare practitioners who violate this ban are subject to criminal prosecution. Moreover, Louisiana adopted an amendment in their state constitution—specifically, the Louisiana Declaration of Rights, banning the construction of any constitutional right to abortion:

To protect human life, nothing in present constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.

6. Mississippi

Mississippi bans all abortions except to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest that have been reported to law enforcement. Though Mississippi did not adopt a constitutional amendment to ban abortion as a right, the Mississippi Code says:

Abortion carries significant physical and psychological risks to the maternal patient, and these physical and psychological risks increase with gestational age.

Moreover, doctors who perform illegal abortions face civil and criminal charges.

7. Missouri

Missouri bans all abortions except in the case of a medical emergency concerning the mother, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Those seeking to get an abortion must prove "affirmative defense," which means they have to prove in court why the abortion is necessary and meets the legal criteria. Minors seeking an abortion through "affirmative defense" must do so with parental consent. Moreover, those seeking an abortion must be offered an ultrasound.

Moreover, Missouri adopted the following statute protecting the unborn:

It is the intention of the general assembly of the state of Missouri to: (1) [d]efend the right to life of all humans, born and unborn; (2) [d]eclare that the state and all of its political subdivisions are a ‘sanctuary of life’ that protects pregnant women and their unborn children; and (3) [r]egulate abortion to the full extent permitted by the Constitution of the United States, decisions of the United States Supreme Court, and federal statutes.

8. Oklahoma

Oklahoma was the first state to successfully ban all abortions after conception following the overturn of Roe v. Wade and continues to lead the way as one of the toughest states on abortion. Exceptions include life-saving procedures for the mother or pregnancies resulting from "rape, sexual assault, or incest." Those who perform legal abortions can be reported and prosecuted criminally under state law HB427 and be charged at least $10,000 per illegal abortion procedure. Violations also include insurance companies or private citizens caught funding abortions.

Though Oklahoma has not adopted a state constitutional amendment concerning abortion, its Public Health Code states that it cannot be “construed as creating or recognizing right to abortion."

9. South Dakota

South Dakota bans all abortions except in life-threatening cases for the mother. There are no exceptions for rape and incest. However, it is legal to travel out of state to get an abortion. There are no state constitutional provisions protecting against abortion.

10. Tennessee

Tennessee bans all abortions except in life-threatening cases for the mother. There is currently a movement in the Tennessee state legislature to enact exceptions for rape and incest. Like Idaho and Missouri, healthcare practitioners who gave an abortion must prove "affirmative defense," which means they have to prove in court why the abortion is necessary and meets the legal criteria. Those who provide abortions illegally can be criminally prosecuted.

Tennessee's state constitution was amended to supersede a 2000 Tennessee supreme court case, which held:

A woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy is a vital part of the right to privacy guaranteed by the Tennessee Constitution [and that] the right is inherent in the concept of ordered liberty embodied in our constitution and is therefore fundamental.

The new state constitutional amendment reads as follows:

Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.

11. Texas

Texas bans all abortions except in life-threatening cases concerning the mother. There is a movement in the Texas state legislature to provide exemptions for rape and incest.

Moreover, Texas received a lot of heat for its law not only criminalizing providing illegal abortions but enabled citizens to report illegal abortions. However, several cities in Texas are pushing back against the abortion ban. After Dobbs, Texas increased the penalties for performing an abortion up to life in prison, including a civil penalty of no less than $100,000 per abortion performed.

Attorney General Ken Paxton said the following:

Now that the Supreme Court has finally overturned Roe, I will do everything in my power to protect mothers, families, and unborn children, and to uphold the state laws duly enacted by the Texas Legislature.

The cities of Austin and San Antonio passed ordinances preventing city funds from being used to investigate the provision or receipt of abortion care.

12. West Virginia

West Virginia bans abortion at all stages of pregnancy, except in the case of a “nonmedically viable fetus”, ectopic pregnancy, or medical emergency. According to the West Virginia state legislature, "Nonmedically viable fetus" means:

A fetus that contains sufficient lethal fetal anomalies so as to render the fetus medically futile or incompatible with life outside the womb in the reasonable medical judgment of a reasonably prudent physician.

Victims of rape and incest can obtain abortions up to eight weeks after conception, but only if they report to law enforcement first.

In 2018, West Virginians voted to add the following language to the state constitution:

Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.