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.