We just got word this evening that the 5th Circuit appeals court allowed HB2 to go into full effect as of… tomorrow morning. Overnight, we will drop down to 7-8 abortion clinics in Texas.
That’s 1 clinic for every 750,000 women of childbearing age in Texas, give or take.
It is wildly unacceptable. It is horrifying that the 5th circuit sliced and diced past rulings to excuse its completely offense ruling. It is heartbreaking to see it come on the heels of research that shows – States that restrict abortion also are bad places to be a woman or a child.
What can you do?
First – go to the Capitol tomorrow at noon. Raise your voice in anger. This isn’t good for anyone.
Second – call your ob/gyn. Ask if they perform abortions. If they do? Help hook them up with the nearest abortion fund, so we can help fund their clients in need. YOU CAN DO THIS EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN TEXAS.
Maybe you’re in a place where if you needed an abortion you could take a few days off work, hop on a plane, pay out of pocket. That’s great for you – but there are a lot of people in Texas who can’t travel, can’t take several days off work, don’t have reliable childcare. As always, it is those with the most need that we are punishing with our foolishness.
Fight back, Texas.
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The Supreme Court yesterday showed its hand, in no uncertain terms. Their ruling in the Hobby Lobby case answers the question “Why isn’t Texas trying to get its court to the Supreme Court faster?” In a decision that was disappointing, but not surprising, they ruled that a “closely held” corporation (most of them) can pick and choose their employees benefits access (in violation of the ACA). This is particularly ridiculous since health insurance is compensation, and extra ridiculous since Hobby Lobby used to provide such health insurance until the ACA required it. Possibly the worst part is that the company claimed certain birth control methods were abortifactants. They aren’t, which makes it even more ridiculous. But the court ruled since the company had “sincerely held religious beliefs” EVEN THOSE BELIEFS ARE SCIENTIFIC NONSENSE, they can do as they please.
You can argue about why this ruling went down the way it did, but the result is obvious. More vulnerable families will be stripped of access and rights they deserve. Not to mention birth control they need.
Sorry, I need to pause. Did you see the people celebrating on the steps of the Supreme Court? Because FIVE MALE CATHOLIC justices just decided that birth control was totally up for debate.
As an aside, they also made clear in the decision that OTHER medical procedures that OTHER religions found objectionable were NOT up for debate, but thanks for asking.
Are you mad yet? I am. Please sit down and write a letter – to your doctor, and apparently now to every business on the planet. I support access to a full range of reproductive healthcare – from abortion, to birth control, to everything in between.
I am starting this website with the hopes that it starts a campaign. I want all of us who consider ourselves pro-choice, pro-abortion, fans of reproductive justice and reproductive health… I want us to stand up and defend it.
In particular, I want us to reach out to our medical providers – to our general practitioner, to our OB/Gyns, to our pediatricians and our hospitals – and I want us to tell them that we think that abortion is healthcare. I want us to tell them that we will be there with them to defend them when they speak out to protect their fellow doctors. I want them to know that I *don’t* want legislators to decide how my health care goes. I want them to know I understand that medicine is a business – and they will have my business not only when they take a stand, but because they take a stand.
As the laws have changed in Texas, anti-abortion activists have cornered the market on fear. They have intimidated communities to stop supporting doctors. We allow our providers to be labeled as “abortionists” as if that is a thing. That is not a thing.
PS – I know. It is a little scary. We all get along by.. just getting along. But imagine how it could be, if we treated abortion like just one stop along the reproductive health care continuum? Abortion, adoption, infertility, pregnancy, birth control, miscarriage… just all part of healthcare. Doesn’t that make it worth the risk?