Staff members at the last remaining legal abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley have been repeatedly left without a job in the wake of flip-flopping court decisions.
Texas’ penal code explicitly exempts pregnant individuals from being punished for harming their own fetuses. But that hasn’t stopped prosecutors from charging them with child endangerment for using drugs while pregnant.
A series of orders from the Roberts Court in both voting and abortion rights cases is setting the stage for a future battle over the role of the federal courts in checking lawmaker bias.
“Tomorrow, thirteen clinics across the state will be allowed to reopen and provide women with safe and legal abortion care in their own communities,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, in a statement following the ruling.
The ongoing federal challenge to Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law made its way to the nation’s highest court on Monday evening, with abortion providers asking Justice Antonin Scalia to put an appeals court decision on hold while their case makes its way through the judicial system.
Texas politicians have been telling us all along that they are passing onerous abortion restrictions out of concern for women’s health. But today RNC Chair Reince Priebus said it was all about taxpayer funding of abortion, which doesn’t exist in Texas. Hey, Reince? I’m confused.
Thursday’s ruling letting the ambulatory surgical center provisions of HB 2 take effect demonstrates the meaninglessness of the “undue burden” standard in the Fifth Circuit.
For a woman like “Maria,” a representative 26-year-old living in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, obtaining a legal abortion procedure will now cost more than a month’s wages, not to mention considerable lost time. The car ride alone will take her about seven hours—a trip you can experience yourself in the following videos.
Overnight, the number of abortion facilities in Texas—already dwindling—will be reduced to eight as of Friday morning.
Rick Perry seems to think that Joan Rivers would still be alive if her doctor had hospital admitting privileges, the kind Texas now requires of abortion providers. Oh, wait. He did.