As we mark the anniversary of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill being signed into law, much of the focus has been on Austin-based reproductive rights organizing and the work of white women in largely white organizations. Here are some of the the stories of activists of color whose voices have been missing from many of these conversations.
The new southeast Dallas facility will be one of eight legal abortion providers left in Texas after September 1.
Ultimately, we do not see the passage of HB 2 as a total loss. On the contrary, we recognize that that moment was an opportunity and an opening.
If Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law was in effect back in 2001 and in 2006, I wouldn’t still be childfree. I wouldn’t have gotten married. I wouldn’t have bought my house. Basically, my life would be completely different.
Naysayers would have us believe that Texans have surrendered to the inevitable, that they have stopped working for reproductive rights after the fervor of the summer of 2013. Nothing I have seen in the last year suggests that they are any less angry, any less passionate, than they were last June.
Which doctors are qualified to provide legal abortion care? Hospital boards are now the last word on that in Texas, and one Austin woman wants to make sure they know that Texans support legal abortion.
Were you a member of the “orange army” that showed up last summer at the Texas capitol to defend reproductive rights? We want to hear from you!
A Dallas hospital tried to revoke two doctors’ admitting privileges because they provide legal abortion care, but the two parties have now settled out of court.
There isn’t a looming reproductive health-care crisis in the South. It has already arrived.
The politicians who bang the drum of “personal freedom,” and in the same breath promote an increased divide between the rich and the poor, need to know that religious people will not stand by and applaud. Indeed, the fact that reproductive health-care clinics in Texas are being forced to close should concern us all.