SCOTUS did not take action on the Texas law banning abortion after six weeks

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For decades now, anti-abortion activists have shifted their aims to block every kind of reproductive freedom. The goal isn’t merely to overturn Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion, a decision which is still widely popular in all political polling. The anti-choice activists have moved to chipping away reproductive freedoms at the state level, writing and lobbying for draconian anti-women bills in deep-red states like Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, etc. Over the years in Texas, Republicans have been on anti-woman crusade, pushing legislation that would curtail abortion rights at every level. The latest from the Texas GOP is the “six week abortion ban.” Meaning, no woman can get an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. That’s usually around the time when a woman has missed her period and maybe is thinking about taking a pregnancy test. It’s insane. Well, the law is going through because SCOTUS shrugged it off:

The Supreme Court did not take action early Wednesday on a request to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, allowing the most restrictive abortion law in the nation to go into effect. The law, known as Senate Bill 8, amounts to a nearly complete ban on abortion in Texas, one that will further fuel legal and political battles over the future of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. The law makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest or rape.

An emergency application from abortion providers seeking to block the law remains pending, and the court is expected to rule on it shortly. In the application, abortion providers wrote that the law “would immediately and catastrophically reduce abortion access in Texas, barring care for at least 85 percent of Texas abortion patients (those who are six weeks pregnant or greater) and likely forcing many abortion clinics ultimately to close.”

Supreme Court precedents forbid states from banning abortion before fetal viability, the point at which fetuses can sustain life outside the womb, or about 22 to 24 weeks. But the Texas law was drafted to make it difficult to challenge in court. Usually, a lawsuit seeking to block a law because it is unconstitutional would name state officials as defendants. But the Texas law bars state officials from enforcing it and instead deputizes private individuals to sue anyone who performs the procedure or “aids and abets” it.

The patient may not be sued, but doctors, staff members at clinics, counselors, people who help pay for the procedure, even an Uber driver taking a patient to an abortion clinic are all potential defendants. Plaintiffs, who need not have any connection to the matter or show any injury from it, are entitled to $10,000 and their legal fees recovered if they win. Prevailing defendants are not entitled to legal fees.

[From The NY Times]

I had not been following the Texas situation, so I did not realize that this law basically deputizes citizens into becoming Abortion Police. That’s what it is – if your neighbor heard that you had an abortion at eight weeks, she can sue you, your husband, your doctor, your nurse and hell, your employer too. In addition to how flatly wrong this is for reproductive rights and women in general, this is a f–king legal catastrophe which will cripple the civil courts in Texas. What in the world??

As for SCOTUS brushing this off… yeah, the plan from the anti-choice people has been to create the “perfect test case” to overturn Roe. While they’ve been focused on state-by-state efforts to curtail reproductive freedom, they’ve also been trying to write the anti-choice laws in such a way that these cases will make it to the Supreme Court. And in the anti-choicer’s fever dream, SCOTUS will overturn Roe and then… well, they actually haven’t planned that far. Because by all accounts, the moment Roe is overturned (and it probably will be in our lifetimes), it will cause an enormous realignment in the modern political system in America. I completely believe we need to fight for Roe, but I’ve tried to be realistic this whole time. I feel strongly that Roe was already overturned the second Donald Trump won. Roe was overturned the moment Trump put three justices on the court.

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  1. Mira says:

    Sometimes I feel like we’re made to watch how a once great civilization collapses right before our eyes and there’s nothing we can do about it.

    • Esp.Lumiere says:

      Exactly.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        It’s troubling not only due to what is being done to a woman’s right to chose, but also these due to these laws reverting back to Jim Crow Era voting period laws, single-handedly reversing the entire laws back 30-50 years of progress. Texas is an absolute embarrassment and the fact that SCOTUS is allowing these laws to pass is a greater injustice to ALL women across the USA. We have been thrown into a draconian and irretrievably broken territory with regards to those sitting on the bench in the SCOTUS. And we have not only the last president to blame, but we must also hold ALL Repugnant’s that are voted in!!!
        It’s incredibly sickening to live in this state and not be disgusted every time I read the news. I can’t move out of this state fast enough.

        The only fraction of hope that I hold onto is the fact that this state is slowly turning purple.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      @Mira I think this is all born out of the collapse of the white, patriarchal milieu. The evangelicals and republicans who preach that abortion is a ‘sin’ and ever-seek to crook their pallid fingers into women’s uteruses are part of a rapidly growing minority. The next century will see the rise of non-white majorities – something that has already happened in some states – whose values may be very different, more liberal and less in line with these patriarchal white tropes. The only way these relics of the past can function is by imposing their will on women. We know they care nothing for newborns born to poor and/or marginalised families – and in reality, their shrieks re foetuses ring hollow. They’re clinging on with their fingernails to the old order. I fear that much worse is to come before the demographic irrevocably shifts.

      • Larisa says:

        I hope you’re right, but Trump performed quite well among minorities, too, so not sure I share the hope.

      • Anna says:

        I wouldn’t say “quite well” necessarily but certain demographics of minorities such as Latinx men did alright. T**** is a white America creation and problem, though.

    • Kiddy says:

      I think sexually active women will buy more at-home pregnancy tests and I think there will be more botched abortions in backrooms performed which is unbelieveably risky for women. As usual women who don’t have money are much worse off than others. Because they might find it difficult to buy the tests. And because they might have more difficulties paying for an abortion in some other state.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Kiddy, as soon as Governor Abbot placed mandatory privileges upon abortion physicians, it placed all lower income families into jeopardy as it closed so many desperately needed Planned Parenthood locations!! Not only did he take away PP for abortions, but he also took away access to affordable PAP smears, breast exams and birth control from low income families. PP was an excellent facility for low-income facilities for day-to-day women’s health concerns. We live in Bryan/College Station, and my daughter couldn’t find an OB/GYN for an birth control device since they all felt it was against their religious beliefs.

      • Ponchorella says:

        Texas GOP probably bought stock in pregnancy test producers before passing the bill.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        yeah, banning abortions doesn’t stop them from happening. it just stops LEGAL ones from happening.

        just like with alcohol prohibition, it just drives the action into the illegal, “back alley” activity. so instead of people going blind from drinking poorly distilled booze, you’ll have women dying and rendering themselves permanently sterile by doing their own abortions. or they’ll just travel out of state. but the poor folks can’t. the girlfriends/wives/mistresses of the rich, white politicians will, you can be sure.

    • Jodi says:

      this is EXACTLY what i’ve been feeling lately

    • Escondista says:

      I don’t understand how the law stands. If the court doesn’t comment then doesn’t roe v wade and planned parenthood v Casey stand? Pregnant people have the right to medical privacy regarding medical decisions until fetal viability (around 24-26 weeks). They are allowed to make laws regarding “protecting the health of the mother” like ultrasounds and a 24 hour waiting period but they aren’t allowed to prohibit abortion until the baby can survive outside of the womb.
      The law will likely fall as soon as someone sues and precedent is applied. If they refuse to hear the case, are the historical Supreme Court rulings not automatically used?

      • Agirlandherdog says:

        It’s an issue of timing. They were trying to proactively keep the new law from going into effect. But that attempt failed. So the law will go into effect. They’ll need to find someone willing to be their test case. Then they’ll have to wait for some “private citizen” to file suit against that person for performing an abortion or aiding in it. It has to go through the state court system (which will inevitably find in favor of the plaintiff). Then they’ll appeal through the federal court system. This process will take YEARS. At minimum, probably at least 5-6 years. That’s years of women not having access to the healthcare they need. Years of clinics closing and doctors relocating. Once those things happen, even if the law is overturned years later, that damage is done.

    • adri3nne says:

      This is 100% how it feels. It’s like a slow moving car wreck and we’re all in the car and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.

  2. Chaine says:

    I don’t get it. How is it constitutional to allow a random stranger to sue someone else for something that has no impact on them whatsoever?

    • SusieQ says:

      Exactly. There’s an issue of standing here. And what is the standard for evidence here? “Let me request someone’s private medical records because I heard Doctor X performed an abortion on my neighbor?”

      The situation is so ripe for abuse. Imagine how easy it would be for an abusive ex or an awful community member to terrorize someone by threatening them with a lawsuit.

      • Larisa says:

        Exactly. So, now a man can not only get a woman pregnant and then abandon her and the baby, but also report her if she opts for an abortion and make $10K off his own irresponsibility? How is it not an invitation for men to be MORE reckless, at women’s expense?

      • Steph says:

        They were incredibly smart to make it civil court centered. The burden of proof is on the dependent and can be broader than that of a criminal court.

        They are going to bankrupt the providers ASAP.

        We are living in a time where the super villains are winning. It’s Gotham city for us citizens.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      It’s insane. There have always been people with this belief that they should not have to live in a world where they’re expected to accept other people’s sexually ‘immoral lifestyles.’ Laws like this are what happens when positions of power go to those people. It’s not just a facebook or asshole neighbor problem. That kind of entitlement really has the ability to fuck people’s lives up when not only left unchecked, but nurtured the way it has always been. It really does matter what mentalities boys and girls grow up to bring with them into office, and into any courtroom. You can already see the mess coming.

  3. girl_ninja says:

    Elections have consequences! The 2016 election has further eroded ALL minority rights. HUMAN rights! This country is so hateful and evil and I look for ways to distract from this hell. Sometimes all I can do is cry.

    • Anna says:

      Same. I’m actively looking for a way out.

    • Truthiness says:

      💯 I woke up the morning after the election and just cried. We knew what we were in for. My radio station was playing I Want To be Sedated (Ramones) and The End of the World As We Know It (REM).

  4. AnnaC says:

    Clearly “my body my choice” only applies when it comes to not giving a crap about spreading a highly contagious, rapidly evolving and deadly virus, and gun “rights.”

    I am so glad I do not live in Texas any longer. Amazes me that corporations will overlook their crappy legislation, poor public education, one of the lowest ranked for of medically insured because of no income tax and tax breaks out the wazoo. The only saving grace, hopefully, is all the new transplants may finally turn the legislature.

  5. Amy Bee says:

    The anti-abortion movement is rooted in white supremacy and misogyny.

    • Nic919 says:

      Yes. It is solely about making white women have more babies because they know that they will be a minority shortly. They don’t care about black or brown bodies at all.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Nic919: Not only that but it is also a protest against female autonomy. A woman must not have sex before marriage and if she does and gets pregnant, her punishment must be to have the baby. It also says that a woman who gets raped was asking for it.

      • lanne says:

        babies are “slut punishment”. For women only. It’s chilling how many abortion supporters squawk about women keeping their legs closed. As if pregnancies happen by immaculate conception.

      • Merricat says:

        It’s slavery. If I don’t own my body, it’s slavery.

      • Anna says:

        @Nic919 While I appreciate the reference, the rise in use of the word “bodies” to speak of BIPOC is of concern. I see it a lot in academia and art world. “People” is preferable especially when the word “women” was used for white women. Just mentioning because this has become unfortunately more prevalent in the last few years and not just from white folks but also being used by BIPOC. It’s unfortunately reductive, though.

  6. Sal says:

    They are pro-forced pregnancy. Nothing more, nothing less.

    • Kfg says:

      Less and less women are placing children up for adoption. Less people are having children in general. The rich are losing their poor workforce that they can exploit. This is the fall of an empire.

      Blessed be the fruit…

  7. MF1 says:

    I totally agree that Roe was overturned the moment that Trump won. It’s only a matter of time.

    The problem for the GOP is that this is the headlining issue they use to galvanize voters. (There are a lot of single-issue Roe voters.) If Roe is overturned, what more do their misogynistic voters have to worry about? why would they bother going to the polls?

    To make things worse for the GOP, the majority of Americans support upholding Roe, so this would galvanize voters in the middle and on the left. And there are some (not a lot but some) female Republican voters who actually don’t want to lose their right to abortion. With the GOP’s already shrinking base, they can’t afford to lose any more supporters.

    The GOP have backed themselves into a corner where they have to keep pushing for change but can’t actually *achieve* change.

    • Emma says:

      Yes. They will overturn Roe and then there will be a tsunami in response. The majority of Americans do NOT want to end women’s reproductive rights. It will only galvanize the majority of the country to vote out the GOP. I don’t really understand what their goal is here because a white supremacist theocracy is not actually gonna fly in a country that includes California, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois …

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      I agree that they’ve backed themselves into a corner. That started decades ago when the GOP courted the (white) evangelicals with a promise to overturn Roe–one that they hoped to use for fundraising but never deliver on. Their problem now is that a segment of the far right in the party will also be pushing to go after birth control, which will be massively unpopular with most voters. And of course, the wives, daughters & mistresses of Republican politicians will always be able to get abortions when they need them….

      If people are so inclined & able to give, I really encourage donating to state/local abortion funds. They help support people every day who need abortion care but have trouble accessing & affording it.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Lizzie Bathory, thank you for including how we can support lower income women who have no recourse for support, as they need it desperately right now!!

      • Anna says:

        Yes! Thank you @Lizzie Bathory I follow ThankGodForAbortion also on IG

    • Nic919 says:

      When McConnell prevented Obama from rightfully appointing Merrick Garland to the USSC, they were showing their hand that a Democrat president had to be elected or else they would lose a more liberal judge. That’s why the GOP voted for the worst person ever. They didn’t care that he purchased more abortions himself they just wanted him to appoint judges that would overturn Roe. Add to that Anthony Kennedy retiring for reason that still remain sketchy, they knew that once that happened they would overturn Roe. RBG dying before Biden could appoint a new judge was just bad luck, but it wasn’t going to change anything but make the anti abortion side a bit stronger. They already had the majority with Kavanaugh.

      Everyone who voted for a third party in 2016 is as much to blame as the ones who voted for the orange tyrant.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Nic919, you are absolutely right!!! If you voted third party, your vote went drown the f#cking drain!!! You handed the Cheeto-olini and the GOP their power to erase ALL of the progress we have made!!

  8. Jack says:

    One of the Texas Congressman introduced a bill calling for the death penalty for women who have abortions. Thankfully, this didn’t go anywhere (at least not yet). These people are pure evil.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/542436-gop-texas-lawmaker-introduces-bill-to-allow-death-penalty-for-women-who

  9. Kiddy says:

    So if I am sexually active then it would be best to have a pregnancy test every two weeks? Just in case… ?

  10. Bettyrose says:

    How are the people of Texas tolerating this ? Houston, Austin?

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Voter suppression laws means that it doesn’t really matter what the majority of the people of Texas think. I’m so mad this morning.

      • bettyrose says:

        Truly horrifying. The combined progressive cities of Texas have a larger population than most states, but yet their voices are suppressed.

    • Sarah B says:

      I’m in Austin, yet my state senator is in Laredo. They’ve gerrymandered all of the big cities so that we can’t truly have a voice.

  11. Sal says:

    I’d like see California and other states pass a similar law banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ people. Anyone who aids or abets conversion therapy can be reported and sued.

    I’ve also seen a similar idea for reporting high capacity guns.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Salk if there was a law reporting high capacity guns, I would be on it in a flash!!

      • Sal says:

        If nothing else, a law that follows the same convoluted structure as the abortion ban, but that is in favor of gun control or LGBTQ rights, would get the Supreme Court’s attention. It hopefully would force them to take up the abortion law.

  12. ML says:

    This is anti basic human rights and human decency! How absolutely infuriating that supposed “justices” can rule this way in a so-called democracy.
    I’m an American expat. For any other Americans living in other countries, please be aware that the Democrats are repped by Democrats Abroad. If you need help signing up to vote, organizing for democrats causes, getting in touch with your country of residence’s American diplomat, etc,…they do a great job for those of us living abroad!

  13. Veronica S. says:

    They’re not going to overturn Roe, IMO. If it is, it’s going to be way down the line when the law is practically gutted. What they’re going to do is simply let the law be continuously chipped away at by state legislatures like this so you wind up with the same situation we had previous to 1970 where some states have the right and others don’t. Women are just going to have sit down and be honest with themselves about the reality of what living in states like that means. Make a choice about whether you’re going to choose to pay taxes to a government that would rather see you dead than receive proper medical care. The American empire is definitely in its descent.

    • Haylie says:

      Nah. I think this SCOTUS will overturn Roe as soon as they are given the chance. We knew it was coming after Trump was elected and RBG died.

      Thank all those people who “voted their conscience” by sitting it out, third party voting, or who wrote in Harambe the gorilla. They were short sighted and clearly didn’t care about women’s reproductive right, or the return of Jim Crow, for that matter.

  14. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Six weeks is absurd. I found out each of my pregnancies at the 9 to 11 week stage. And wtf is this citizen action? This is going to be a nightmare; anti abortion people are sick and crazed. I swear to god we’re going to have a civil war. Because I tell you what, girls and women finding themselves with unwanted pregnancy dilemmas isn’t a right or left situation. And neighbor Mrs Upstanding Christian’s daughter who snuck out in the middle of the night for an expensive back alley hatchet job will find themselves in court facing financial ruin just as much as the godless heathen atheists.

    • Veronica S. says:

      If I lived there, I’d routinely report the wives and daughters of Republican politicians lol. Start playing their game just as dirty as they do.

  15. grabbyhands says:

    Just a regular reminder that this is why you don’t throw temper tantrums on Election Day and/or vote single issue.

    This is exactly what McConnell and his cabal had in mind while they stacked the courts with conservative judges. They pretended to take hits because of 45’s buffooonery because they knew this was the much bigger prize and now we’re seeing it in action.

    I hope all the Bernie Bros – third party voters – I just don’t like Hilary – I’m not voting as protest crowd still thinks it was all worth it. We’re all reaping the rewards of too many abdicating their responsibilities as voters.

    • lanne says:

      It’s not the Bernie bros. They were never progressives in the first place. They were libertarians with right wing tendencies. The people who need to have a Come to Jesus meeting (a Southern way of saying “yo–get it together now”) are white women. White women plus 90% black people plus 80% Hispanics plus 80% Asian-Pacific Islanders is an unbeatable force. White women need to realize that having white men place them on pedestals isn’t worth losing their bodily autonomy over. The racism that white men direct toward POCs will not protect white women from sexism. We have more to fear from white conservative men than we do Islamic terrorists. They will try to destroy what they can’t control. We black women can’t continue to save white women from themselves. There just aren’t enough of us. We show up, we vote, we organize. More white women need to step up to the plate and vote progressive. Or else we’ll all end up living in a Christian Taliban state.

      • olliesmom says:

        So true and very well said, Ianne. Scary and going backwards times that we are living in. We have the numbers and we just need to come together again much like we did when we elected President Obama and reelected him four years later. The white male is terrified right now of losing his power and a cornered animal can be vicious and attack. They are scared because POC will be the majority in this country very soon. I’m a white woman and I’m disgusted with other white women and how they voted in 2016 “because they couldn’t vote for Hillary”.

    • Aang says:

      I’ve read that the website where you can report these “abortion crimes” in Texas is being hit with reports of Ted Cruz fleeing to Cancun for an abortion, links to k pop fan cams, and furry pr0n.

  16. psl says:

    This makes me so ANGRY. Why do the people of Texas hate women so much?

  17. Gil says:

    I see. This is how the real Handmaids tale begins.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I would also like to add that we now have TWO sexual predators on SCOTUS!!! Nothing like a couple of sexual abusers to add to the depravity of women 🤬

      • Sal says:

        Maybe someday attempted sexual assault will be considered a crime – or at a minimum a personal violation – in the right’s eyes.

        In the meantime, they’re going to go the wall to defend forced pregnancy and will follow a leader who is recorded bragging about how easy it is for him to sexually assault women in professional situations and get away with it.

    • Anna says:

      @Gil Yup. And there’s even a major company donor called Gilead. Atwood was just reflecting real s*** when she wrote that.

  18. molly says:

    F*ck every single one of these people that made this decision or let it happen.

  19. Lili says:

    There is so much in this, and what they havent taken into accountis the woman who you are trying to deny her ownership of her body. Have we forgotten about the rise of invermection to cure or prevent Covid, surely if someone is desperate to get out of a situation they will find other means and those will not be safe, so these lawmakers a heralding a dark age indeed. what i am not seeing here is the education of men and boys to be responsible, where is education on incest and rape. one of the most empowering films i watched as a teenager was “I spit on your grave” till today 40years after watching it my blood still boils just remembeing it. I think the law makers are so far out of touch with todays woman. You may make laws to drag us back but it doesnt mean we have to stay back.

  20. AnnaC says:

    On NPR, or maybe it was our local public radio station, there was a scary report discussing how, now that the census is complete, the next thing the GOP will be focusing on is gerrymandering districts in states where they have control and no independent commissions to oversee redistricting. Our local and state governments aren’t perfect here in the northeast by any stretch of the imagination but I am so glad my stints in Texas, and Georgia before that, are long in my past.

  21. schmootc says:

    I read about this a few months ago and was shocked to see the headline last night. It kept me up for a while because WTAF?!!!! I already felt bad for people in Texas between the governor/pandemic, crappy power infrastructure, etc. But now you have to worry about your neighbor or co-worker or whomever coming after you for an abortion?

    I thought the Yellowhammer Fund covered more states. Off to look for something similar in Texas.

  22. Aimee says:

    I’m 50 now (and on birth control) so my chances of becoming pregnant are pretty low but I fear for the younger women in this country. This scares the hell out of me.

    • Anna says:

      Similar age and fears @Aimee This is another reason I chose note to have children and tbh it’s hard for me to date someone with kids, in particular BIPOC in part because I know how attached I would be and my heart simply can’t bear losing them or the violence that is enacted against BIPOC youth in this country.

  23. Teebee says:

    I will share my story, to highlight the absurdity of these anti-abortion laws. I had an abortion when I was 23. I was old enough to know how to avoid pregnancy, and was practicing contraceptive methods, but the condom broke. I didn’t think anything of it, but missed my period the next month. The sweating began, and after a couple weeks I took a test. I was pregnant. In college. So both my boyfriend and I agreed we could not have it. I went to the local clinic and though they were supportive of my decision I was certainly encouraged to consider all options, including adoption. I felt they were doing their best to not rush me, and to make sure I was very certain of what I wanted to do. After it was decided I would terminate the pregnancy they told me I had to wait at least 8 weeks from my assumed date of impregnation, to ensure the fetus had implanted properly to make sure the procedure would be successful. It was awful being pregnant for the couple of weeks I had to wait. I had terrible morning sickness, and was struggling in class, but I understood the reason. I could have changed my mind in that time, but I didn’t. That waiting period makes so much sense.

    This cannot be unprecedented protocol. These 6 week bans are unconscionable. Any anti-abortion legislation is awful. I can barely stand to witness what is happening.

    • Teebee says:

      I have another story to tell. Still in college. After procedure complete. I was sitting in a coffee shop with about, 6 other young women, and we got on the topic of abortion. This is 1991. All but 2 women admitted to having had an abortion. That is 5 out of 7. We didn’t know each other before we all were in college together. Each of us came to the same experience for completely different and individual reasons.

      This is not about all of us being stupid sluts, or clueless about reproduction. This is about how it happens, and it happens a lot. We all wished we hadn’t had to, there was a lot of guilt about not doing better, wishing we’d been more careful, but it happened anyway. We were all in our late teens or early 20s, and having a child was simply not a choice any of us could make. Thank god we had choice.

      I have 2 beautiful children now. I have a daughter. We live in a country where so far limiting or restricting abortion access is not on the table. But we are affected by echoes and ripples from our powerful neighbours to the south. My heart bleeds for every woman in the US right now. Forced pregnancy is something out of a horror story. It is unfathomable.

      And I also am absolutely positive that all those working towards stripping women of their right to choose know someone, or have someone in their lives yesterday, today and surely tomorrow, that was, is and will be faced with unwanted pregnancy. And even as they criminalize the procedure, they will get an abortion when the time comes if they so need. Furtively, secretly, even perhaps without shame, or self-consciousness. Because this is not about saving babies. This is about an agenda. Control. Power. And no amount of shared experiences or empathy will redirect their aim.

  24. USAF retired says:

    I lived in the South off-and-on for nearly half my life.
    I have a grown son and two grown daughters.
    Teach your daughters, nieces, little sisters, etc about Plan B.
    It’s NOT the, “abortion pill.” It prevents pregnancy.
    In Austin,for example, it’s available at CVS, Walgreens, some Targets. I’m not sure Rite-Aid
    participates. No ID or prescription is required but tell them they have to be quick.
    It’s not ideal and it’s about $45. but that’s pennies compared to having a baby.
    Maybe Planned Parenthood?
    We have to take care of ourselves.

  25. Annetommy says:

    Something that’s sometimes overlooked is that children get pregnant too. Always, by definition, by someone committing a crime. Those who shout about the rights of parents to decide whether their kids wear a mask wish to deny the right of parents to get a termination for their child. I cannot imagine the physical and psychological damage that is done by forcing a 12 or 13 year old to carry and deliver a baby. Texas is now on a par with the world’s most repressive dictatorships.

    • TEALIEF says:

      “Texas is now on a par with the world’s most repressive dictatorships.” Exactly!

      These are the same evangelical legislators that will scream about Muslim extremists, the Taliban, and barbarism in the way they treat their women and children, especially the girls. It’s the Handmaid’s Tale Texas style or should I call the state, the Republic of Gilead. They scream about their freedoms and rights: to bear arms, bodily autonomy over not wearing masks, and independence, exceptions being, women and minorities. Minorities, no vote for you and, women, your body belongs to the state.

      The Supreme Court is an embarrassment of Catholic extremists, no wonder I’m considered a bad Catholic. Griswold v. Connecticut, right to privacy! HIPAA, the Privacy Rule! Come on, women’s rights are human rights, human rights are women’s rights.

  26. LMR says:

    We had better hear some outrage from all those corporations who keep relocating to Texas from other states because it’s so much more “business friendly”. Companies that relocate to Texas are complicit in this. I’m looking at YOU, Tesla, Toyota, Oracle, HP, Charles Schwab, and others. I have attached this handy link for you all peruse. Time to hold them accountable.
    https://ytexas.com/relo-tracker

    I am a parent because I chose to be. And it has made me more pro-choice, not less. It’s a tough job, that no one should be forced to undertake against their will or wishes. The stakes are too high. Don’t give me that adoption bullshit either, because a pregnancy, as natural as it is, still really messes with a woman’s body.

    Shame on Texas. Just shame. The time has come to set up an abortion underground railroad.

  27. HeatherC says:

    I was nineteen when I found out I was pregnant at damn near three months. I chose not to have an abortion and had my son. Luckily I lived in a state that allowed me that choice, I will be forever grateful. I wasn’t forced into pregnancy or motherhood, or adoption. I wasn’t forced to make a dangerous decision. Having that choice to stay pregnant or not has made me MORE pro choice, not less. I love my son and I love being his mother and I appreciate it all the more because I had a choice. F* you Texas, F* you.

  28. A.Key says:

    Guess a lot of abandoned babies are incoming in Texas. Better prepare those adoption centers. I hope they don’t mind their tax money going to raising a bunch of strangers who were left alone because their mothers were forced to give birth to them. How sad all around.

  29. Stacy Dresden says:

    I am devastated

  30. Daphne says:

    When Trump was elected I started stockpiling plan b and birth control. I do not trust our government. What’s next? Forced implantation of embryos?

  31. jferber says:

    Yeah, Texas has run amok. And the crazy Supreme Court is just one step behind them to say yes to it all. I don’t understand that a private citizen can sue a woman, her employers, her doctors, etc. because of an abortion. How do they even find out? Are women’s medical files going to be on the internet to be pored over by freakazoid Texans. This is really what The Handmaid’s Tale was all about. What happened to privacy issues? Will the American Medical Association accept this? They are a strong union. I’m just flabbergasted. This is a crime against women.