“Pro-abortion advocates in Texas are exhausted. But we are also resilient and more determined than ever to fight back,” said Caroline Duble, Avow Texas political director. “Without Roe’s protection, abortion is a crime in Texas and our doctors had to stop caring for her. But the people of Texas and across the country will continue to take the lead and seek abortion, which in this political landscape will lead to criminalization and surveillance of pregnant women.”
Texas is one of several states with trigger laws and will soon ban all abortions from the moment of conception, with narrow exceptions to save the pregnant mother’s life. On Monday, the White House sent a letter to hospitals nationwide reminding doctors they are protected under federal law to terminate a pregnancy as part of emergency treatment.
In response, the state of Texas is now suing the Biden government. Attorney General Ken Paxton argued in the lawsuit that the guidelines “violate the state’s sovereign interest in the power to create and enforce a code of law.” Republicans say they are fighting to protect the rights of millions of unborn babies.
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All of the back and forth has been confusing for medical providers and abortion patients. That’s why Democratic Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher of Houston says she wrote one of the two bills passed by the House of Representatives on Friday. The “Ensuring Women’s Reproductive Freedom Rights Act” would protect women who cross state lines to obtain a legal abortion.
“What we’ve seen since SB 8 went into effect in September is that a lot of Texans who can afford it, who can travel, have left the state. The numbers we’ve seen are about 1,400 women who have walked the state every month since September to access abortion treatments,” she said.
On Saturday, Democratic lawmakers joined abortion advocates at the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas to urge the president to implement five strategies to protect abortion treatment across the states. These strategies are:
- 1.) Declaring a public health emergency to protect private providers who are dispensing abortion drugs via telemedicine
- 2.) Support mission-driven telemedicine providers and abortion funds across America
- 3.) Establishment of a federal program for abortion drug dispensing providers
- 4.) Citing the federal government’s supremacy over state abortion laws, which conflict with FDA-approved pharmaceutical therapies and regulations
- 5.) Protect third parties inside and outside of the State of Texas from the threat of civil and criminal penalties for self-sourcing abortion drugs
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“We have already seen publicly on the news that there are some clinics that accept patients from their own states that do not accept Texans. They’re doing this because they were afraid of the extreme criminal penalties being written by the Texas Republican Party,” said Greg Casar, Democratic nominee for Texas’ congressional district 35. “That’s ultimately left to Texans, potentially saving money and hundreds of Miles to travel… they may be told ‘no’ at the door. We need to make sure those who travel get the care they need and those who can’t travel get medical abortions sent to them.”
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