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GLENN: All right. Tom, I was just in Colorado last night, and I heard the happiest news ever. There are people that actually believe, and I am so happily in this camp, that you could be the next governor of Colorado. What a message that would send to America. Oh, my gosh.

TANCREDO: It really is incredible. We have come out, I think about 30, over 30 points in a little over three and a half weeks.

PAT: Wow.

TANCREDO: That's got to be some sort of record. I know it's never happened in any race I've ever seen before. And it's the result of a lot of things coming together, of course, but it is a really exciting time. I'm not kidding you. The enthusiasm, my gosh, everywhere I go, the crowds just keep getting bigger and bigger.

GLENN: The enthusiasm last night, I was giving a speech last night and the enthusiasm when I said your name on stage, I said I think it was the first thing I came out, I said Colorado, Tom Tancredo? And they went crazy. And I said, oh, it will drive the rest of the country and the left out of their mind! I'll move here if you'll do that! Help, how can I help?

TANCREDO: That would cinch the deal. That would cinch the deal.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. I mean, you know, I would feel so comfortable with state rights and that the I'm worried about many of these governors who don't really get it, and I'm not sure even if they do get it that they will stand in the end.

TANCREDO: Do anything about it.

GLENN: Yeah.

TANCREDO: I keep saying that, you know, I said the first thing I'll do, but I said that there are so many first things that you have to do that I'm now down to saying, you know, one of the first things I will do.

GLENN: Right.

TANCREDO: Is to pick up the phone and call Chris Christie and then, you know, put him on hold and try to use my, what little talent I have technologically speaking to connect us to Jan Brewer and do a little conference call and say and maybe there will be one or two other governors at that time that would have the guts to join me, but what I'm asking them to do, what I will ask them to do is to join me in launching a Tenth Amendment revolution in this country.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. You know who you really

TANCREDO: And if we do this together, you know I mean, alone probably you don't get far. But if you can get a few governors together to really band together and make a line in the sand and say, you know, you're not coming any farther, federal government. This is the State of Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey, there is nothing more that we need from you or want from you. And as a matter of fact, you can take your stimulus money and go pound sand with it.

GLENN: Oh, I love this. I love this. I will tell you, Tom, I mean this sincerely, I am looking for a place to relocate at least myself, and my company will remain here in New York, but I'm re Jeffy, you can come well, no, you can't come with, but you can relocate. I'll relocate you... well, you should be relocated to prison is where you should be relocated, but

TANCREDO: (Laughing).

GLENN: I mean, I'm telling you it is going to be Texas and the mountain west that save this country. It really will be.

TANCREDO: Well, let me tell you about the values system at least as it is viewed by the gentleman I am running against, Mayor Hickenlooper he said I don't know if you guys have seen this or not. He said and they came up on YouTube just a couple of days ago. But he goes he's talking to a lady at something called well, gosh. I'll trying to think of the name of the institute now. Shepherd. Because it was created as a result of the young man that was killed in Wyoming because he was gay, and you remember that a while back? Matthew shepherd?

GLENN: Yes.

TANCREDO: Well, they created this entity, this out here in Colorado, Matthew Shepard Foundation or something like that for gay and transvestite and transgendered and he was talking to a lady who was the head of that organization and he said, we have that same kind of backward thinking here in rural Colorado, Wyoming, Montana. You know how these people are.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

PAT: Oh, my gosh.

TANCREDO: Yes, yes. Yes, he is and it's in the context of this murder, a horrible crime. He's suggesting that the people in Colorado and in the West Virginia values system, of course, that leads to this kind of thing and that we're all just kind of waiting to catch the next young gay guy out there and beat him to death or torture him or something like that.

GLENN: You know, Tom

TANCREDO: He said that on this clip, it's just absolutely amazing. The backward thinking, backward thinking.

GLENN: You almost we're downloading apparently this clip now. When you have that clip, let me play it here. You know, Tom, what people don't understand is the left has such contempt for most of America. They have contempt. When the president yesterday said or the day before yesterday said that to the Hispanic audience that he was speaking to, he said, and you have to know, you have to get out so we can punish our enemies. Our enemies. We're not talking about we have disagreements of opinion. We're talking about our enemies. And they have such contempt. They are quite frightening.

TANCREDO: Don't you remember that he said Obama really said almost something very similar to what Hickenlooper said when he said, you know, when it gets tough out there, the rough economy, these people start to grab for their guns and Bible. They hang onto their guns and Bible, you know? Remember that?

GLENN: Yeah, the bitter white people that hang onto their God and their guns, yeah.

TANCREDO: Yeah. And then just another reflection of what you're saying, it just hit me while you were talking about their attitude. Do you remember the scene I've got pictures. People sent me some pictures of the White House Christmas tree in this last this last Christmas.

GLENN: With Mao.

TANCREDO: Remember first of all that Mrs. Obama was trying to stop any sort of anything that would be a reference to Christianity being part of the Christmas decorations in the White House. And they've finally they decided, well, that would cause too much of an uproar. So they put a few out. But on the Christmas tree, the decorations, the Christmas, the balls that hang on the tree.

GLENN: Sure, yeah.

TANCREDO: One of them was Mao Zedong and the other was a lady a person, I don't know what you call, but it's a famous transvestite named Heada Lettuce. Those were the Christmas decorations in the White House. What does this tell you about their attitude?

GLENN: I don't know. I want to know more about Head of Lettuce.

TANCREDO: Heada Lettuce.

GLENN: I never heard of Heada Lettuce.

TANCREDA: I haven't heard she's a very famous transvestite.

GLENN: Okay, I'll take your word for that.

TANCREDO: You've got to keep up on your transvestite

GLENN: I know, I think we should have a radio show, we should name somebody Heada Lettuce. I think that's one of the greatest names of all time, Heada Lettuce. I like that. I like her, him or whatever. I don't know anything about him.

TANCREDO: I don't know exactly how to genderize it but, yeah, Heada Lettuce.

GLENN: I like that. So Tom, what is it that you are besides the Tenth Amendment, what is it that is connecting in Colorado? What is the thing?

TANCREDO: Well, there is this little issue. It is called illegal immigration.

GLENN: Yeah. You've been on the forefront of that.

TANCREDO: Yeah.

GLENN: Forever.

TANCREDO: Mayor Hickenlooper runs a sanctuary city where among the many horrible crimes that have been committed by illegal aliens who then go out and break other crimes but are never turned over to ICE is one that has just honestly captured the imagination and the hearts of the people in this state. A while back a young man this just epitomizes, okay? What I'm going to describe to you is one event but it is the epitome of a sanctuary city and the one the mayor runs.

A little boy by the name of Marten Kudlis and his mother were at a Baskin and Robbins ice cream store in Aurora, Colorado. She tells him to go sit down, be a good boy, and that she will get him his ice cream cone. He sits down, she goes over to the counter. A guy, an illegal alien crashes into a pickup truck that was pulling into the Baskin and Robbins place, kills the two people in that truck, then careens into the front of the Baskin and Robbins store and kills this little boy, Marten Kudlis. By the way, the Kudlis family, they're legal immigrants here in the United States and in Colorado. They now, it's a horrible story. It's a terrible, terrible tragedy, but what makes it even more terrible is that the guy who did it had been arrested sixteen times.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

TANCREDO: In and around the City of Denver and the surrounding area. Never once, never once turned over to ICE as an illegal alien, never once. So that is the kind of thing that people just go crazy about, as well they should. This man, Mr. Kudlis, asked he said to me, what can I do? You know, he wanted to make it he's got a commercial up for me. It's just, every time I see it, it breaks my heart. But that certainly is another part of this. Because Hickenlooper would turn the state into a sanctuary state, and I keep saying I'm going to try my best to make Colorado a business friendly and an illegal immigrant unfriendly place to be, and I certainly will do that.

GLENN: I can't even imagine, I can't even imagine

TANCREDO: No.

GLENN: a week from today if you win, I cannot even imagine the message that that would send. This, to me, this race is one of the biggest, most important messages to be sent. Because Colorado is a state that was, was red. They flipped it blue. Very blue. And they have organized this state six ways to Sunday.

TANCREDO: Oh, man, yeah.

GLENN: This is the state, Colorado is the state that was the prototype for all other organizations

TANCREDO: That's right.

GLENN: For all other states.

TANCREDO: That's right.

GLENN: This is the key state for them. They changed they flipped Colorado and said we can flip the whole country because look what we've done to Colorado. And for it to go for not a Republican but for Tom Tancredo running as an independent? That's incredible. Incredible.

TANCREDO: Republicans are down to 5% in the most recent polls.

GLENN: Let me ask you this. Why didn't the Republicans I mean, you were a Republican. You weren't a popular Republican in the Republican Party, but

TANCREDO: Yeah.

GLENN: You would think at some point they would say, let's have the state go to Tom.

TANCREDO: Well, believe me they are trying everything they can. I mean, the head of the Republican Party here calls their candidate the worst candidate that's been by the Republican Party.

GLENN: Oh, okay, good.

TANCREDO: They are trying

GLENN: I'm glad to hear that.

TANCREDO: He won't get out. He is mad at me, he's mad at the party.

GLENN: No, that's just fine.

TANCREDO: He is just an angry guy. So he is sticking in there. And that could be the problem for us.

GLENN: I'm glad to actually hear that.

TANCREDO: We are in striking distance, we are in the margin of error in almost every poll that's out there. We are within 2 or 3 points and the momentum is on our side. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

TANCREDO: There is I'm not kidding you, buddy. We could get this done. It's amazing.

GLENN: That's great. Tom Tancredo, thank you very much. Best of luck to you.

TANCREDO: Tancredoforgovernor.org.

GLENN: You got it. Thanks a lot, Tom. Tom Tancredo from Colorado.


 

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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.