Reproductive rights advocates filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday to prevent the sole licensed abortion clinic in Tuscaloosa from being forced to shut down by what advocates describe as an unnecessary state regulation.
Whatever the Supreme Court decides about HB 2, we can all agree that Texas is the testing ground for new abortion laws in the United States. And we who live here aren’t proud of it.
The anti-choice argument for Texas’ omnibus law—that its regulations make the procedure safer—is an empirically false claim. Yet media outlets like NPR shy away from providing this basic fact when reporting on the court battles over this law.
Restrictions on reproductive rights passed by anti-choice state legislatures this year are set to take effect July 1, even as abortion-related legislative and legal battles rage on.
Texas’ anti-choice lawmakers—almost all Republicans, joined by a few Democrats—have spent the last decade and a half or so chipping away abortion access in the state. Yet every session, we’re told to be thankful something more restrictive didn’t make it to the governor’s desk.
Rather than making abortion safer, Texas’ omnibus abortion law may actually compromise the health of women in the state if the Fifth Circuit’s ruling earlier this month goes into effect.
While a new Associated Press report suggests the abortion rate is declining in almost all states, we still don’t know whether there’s been an increase in reproductive wellness. Focusing only on a lowered abortion rate as metric of health and well-being is both inaccurate and stigmatizing of abortion.
On Wednesday morning, Texas abortion providers took one step closer to taking their case against the state’s omnibus anti-abortion law, HB 2, to the Supreme Court.
The decision to uphold the ambulatory surgical center provisions of HB 2 seems designed to bait the Roberts Court to take on another major abortion case.
Tennessee joins 26 states that require waiting periods prior to having an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute.