Texas Women Join Lawsuit Over State's Restrictive Abortion Law

Tom Handy

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Just when you thought abortion rights activists have calmed down in Texas, they haven’t. Over a dozen women are now suing Texas.

The Texas women joined the Center for Reproductive Rights’ lawsuit and are suing the State of Texas. Over the past two years, Texas Governor Greg Abbott restricted abortion on women after a baby’s heartbeat is felt in Senate Bill 8. Then another law was passed forbidding doctors from performing abortions after six weeks.

The lead attorney Molly Duane said:

“Our hope is that it will allow physicians at least a little more comfort when it comes to patients in obstetrical emergencies who really need an abortion where it's going to affect their health, fertility, or life going forward.”
“Almost all of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit tell similar stories about their doctors saying, if not for this law, I'd give you an abortion right now.”

About 25 Texas women have contacted the agency about their experience with abortions.

Then it didn’t help as the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade last June, giving States more rights to handle abortion.

The White House has also criticized Texas and its abortion policies.

States such as California where they allow abortion made Governor Gavin Newsom post ads in key Texas cities encouraging women to come to the West Coast.

After Texas passed its strict abortion law, this caused many abortion clinics to leave the State.

Duane said:

"This is a public health crisis -- one that is pervasive, ongoing and government-inflicted. More stories of similar pregnant people both in Texas and around the country pile up every day."

More details on this case are likely to follow once a court date is set.

Do you think Texas will change its ruling on abortions?

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