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On Dec. 10, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two cases challenging Texas’ ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy (S.B. 8), ending two of the most promising pathways to blocking the ban. In a 5-4 majority, the Court ruled that the most significant part of a case filed by a coalition of abortion providers and others impacted by the ban, led by Whole Woman’s Health, must be dismissed, ruling that the health care providers could not bring suit against the classes of state judges and clerks or the state Attorney General. The Court also ruled that a narrow portion of the case may proceed against the Texas Medical Board and other licensing authorities, but this would not prevent bounty-hunter lawsuits from being filed.
Jeffrey Hons, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood South Texas; Melaney A. Linton, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and Ken Lambrecht, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas:
“The U.S. Supreme Court has defied nearly 50 years of precedent by neglecting its responsibility to restore abortion access and uphold Texans’ constitutional rights. Each day S.B. 8 remains in effect, more and more patients are stranded without essential health care. Patients and providers will remain in a state of uncertainty while this cruel and unjust law works its way through the lower courts.
“Texans denied access to abortion in-state are forced to try and find the funds, time off from work, child care, and transportation needed to travel for essential, time-sensitive health care. Even prior to S.B. 8, Texas made it as hard as possible to access abortion, including forcing patients to undergo state-mandated unnecessary and stigmatizing “informed consent” appointments and 24-hour waiting periods before their abortion procedures.
“People in Texas deserve to live under a rule of law that respects their constitutional rights. S.B. 8 must be struck down now. In the meantime, we are here for our patients, providing limited abortion care in compliance with this law, as well as information and resources so they can get the care they need out of state.
Texas Tribune: Twenty abortion providers sue Texas officials over law that bans abortions as early as six weeks
The Guardian: Planned Parenthood files lawsuit against Texas’s extreme abortion ban
Rolling Stone: An Abortion Provider Discusses His Biggest Fears Over Texas’ Abortion ‘Bounty’ Law
Insider: Why getting an abortion before 6 weeks of pregnancy is almost ‘impossible’
Insider: The Texas ‘heartbeat ban’ isn’t medically accurate because there’s no heart that early in pregnancy, providers say
Insider: A 13-year-old who was raped by her grandfather traveled hours across Texas to get an abortion. She wouldn't have been able to under the state's new 6-week ban.
“When I was 18, I found myself trapped in an abusive relationship, and I unexpectedly became pregnant as a freshman in college. The pregnancy caused my partner to become even more abusive, and my family believed he might seriously injure or even kill me. One night, he drove me out to the middle of nowhere and put a gun to my head.
I knew I couldn’t stay pregnant, and I chose to get an abortion. I knew then that it was the right choice for me, and I’ve never regretted it. I traveled over an hour to Houston to access abortion at Planned Parenthood. It was simple, safe, and life-changing in only the best ways. I felt in control of my life for the first time since I began the relationship with my abuser, and I finally found the courage to end it. Continuing the pregnancy would have meant that my abuser would be a constant fixture in my life, and, because the escalating abuse could have been fatal, I truly believe that my abortion is the reason I am alive today.
My abortion allowed me to finally escape my abusive relationship, finish university in four years, begin a now 15-year career, and find a new, healthy relationship with a loving partner.
I was past 6 weeks pregnant when I had my abortion, so if SB 8 had been law at that time, I might not be here today to tell this story. And accessing abortion has become even more difficult today than it was then. Everyone deserves the same basic respect of being trusted to make their own private medical decisions, in the simplest possible way, just like I did.”
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