Pressure groups are preparing short- and long-term plans for abortion as the US Supreme Court decision looms

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — In an unexpected move, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that judges will deliver further opinions on Friday. They still have 13 cases to decide, including a major one on abortion rights. A draft advisory opinion leaked in the spring leads many to believe the case declaring abortion a constitutionally protected right will be overturned.

Reproductive justice groups consider the end of Roe v. Wade as a foregone conclusion. A group focused on mobilizing young people of color has a chapter at the University of Houston. They work on short- and long-term plans for pregnant women and providers.

“Young people are passionate about access to abortion,” said Kimberly Inez McGuire, executive director of a national group with a Houston chapter called URGE.

Her training is specifically aimed at those who have the most to lose if the Roe v. Wade picks up.

“People of color, young people and those on low incomes will be hit the hardest,” McGuire said.

In Texas, pregnant women would be forced to give birth, leave the state for abortion treatment, or perform an abortion with pills themselves. This is a medically safe option that carries legal risks.

“People who are already more likely to be policed, investigated and arrested, particularly transgender, Black and Indigenous people, are more likely to be arrested or detained for terminating their own pregnancy,” McGuire said.

URGE works to educate pregnant women about their options and connect them to resources like the National Abortion Federation.

“Our admissions consultants answer questions about the process, state laws and how they can afford it, and we help them with fundraising,” said Melissa Fowler, URGE’s chief program officer.

Fowler said the association has helped 18,000 Texans get abortion treatments since SB-8 tightened restrictions last September. The group also helps keep clinics open in communities that need them.

“You could still go there if you have an unplanned pregnancy. You could have a credible ultrasound done. You might find out what your options are,” she said.

Abortion advocates said the short-term implementation of these plans will be crucial, but they will also continue to campaign politically for the future.

“We have to win back that right,” McGuire said.

If Roe v. Wade is repealed, Texas will ban abortion 30 days later with the sole exception of saving the life of a pregnant person.

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