AUSTIN, Texas – Whole Woman’s Health and Whole Woman’s Health Alliance join a broad coalition of abortion providers, doctors, clergy, abortion funds and practical support networks to take legal action against blocking Bill 8 of the Texas Senate.
The law is not only the most restrictive abortion ban in the country – banning abortions after around six weeks of pregnancy before many people even know they are pregnant – but it also pits communities, neighbors against each other. and even friends and family members against each other.
The law allows any person or organization to sue anyone for helping a Texan get abortion care, including doctors, clinic staff, abortion funds, and even family members who drive their. relatives on a date. It encourages these lawsuits through substantial monetary rewards – $ 10,000 to anyone who successfully sues for “aiding and abetting” someone to seek abortion care and the extremely limited exceptions in the law don’t even include no provisions for victims of rape or incest.
President and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health and Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Amy Hagstrom Miller says, âAt the heart of this battle lies a difficult choice between a nightmarish future in which Texans are encouraged to turn on each other by politicians. who seek full control over our most personal decisions, or a much brighter decision in which those facing complicated decisions about their pregnancy can get the advice, support and care they need. “
âWe know how devastating this law is going to devastate the lives of people and communities across Texas because it is the people and communities we serve,â said Hagstrom Miller. “This law will prevent people from getting intensive care when they need it. It will tear families, friendships and communities apart as politicians pit them against each other for monetary reward. It is an affront. to the values ââwe share with the communities we serve, and with a majority of Texans statewide. “
Recent polls show the majority of Texans from all political backgrounds reject all major provisions of the law, with 51% opposing the six-week abortion ban and 63% opposing the provision allowing individuals and groups out of state suing Texans for helping people receive abortion care.
“When our fellow Texans are faced with the decision to continue or terminate a pregnancy, we seek to help them with sound advice, unconditional support and compassionate care,” said WWH Director of Clinical Services Marva Sadler. “We believe this is what most Texans would want for their families, friends and neighbors, not a world in which our most deeply personal decisions are subject to interference and lawsuits from those in charge. to uphold the will of the extremist politicians who have hijacked our state legislature.
Research shows that countries where abortion is restricted have more than three times the rate of unintended pregnancies than those where abortion is legal. When abortion is severely restricted, women in poor, rural and marginalized communities suffer the most, as they cannot afford to go to places where abortion is legal or to pay for medical and / or medical costs. logistics.
âThe structural inequalities that have narrowed the options and outcomes available for people of color, immigrants, economically disadvantaged people and other marginalized communities will be further reinforced by SB 8,â Sadler said. “It will have even more dire and disastrous consequences for the people who already suffer under the harsh conditions created and exacerbated by the politicians responsible for this despicable law.”
Whole Woman’s Health and Whole Woman’s Health Alliance have also issued a warning to citizens of other states:
âPeople across the United States had better take note because if this law is allowed in Texas, it will soon appear in their own backyards,â said Hagstrom Miller. “This law is yet another outrageous bet in a deliberate, long-term national strategy to systematically dismantle people’s options and ability to get safe and legal abortion care. We are fighting to help stop it here. before it appears elsewhere. ”
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