These past two weeks, I’ve heard stories from people in Texas. One woman with COVID-19 can’t get an abortion because of the six-week ban on abortions. A doctor had to say no to some of his patients when the new law took effect. And a mother has three children and needs someone to care for them so
Many people who do not live and breathe reproductive health as we do at Planned Parenthood did not know about Texas’s new law. It will make it so you cannot have an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, which is only two weeks after most people miss their period.
But we didn’t just wake up one day and decide to end the practice. For decades, politicians who want to ban abortion have used state legislation to undermine the right to abortion by using anti-democratic methods that allow minorities to control statehouses and ballot access
Although she has been a constant force for gender equality and civil rights, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was ousted from the Supreme Court on the last day of term in late June. Her seat was filled by Amy Coney Barrett, another Trump nominee who received Senate confirmation less than 24 hours after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. In 2016, Justices Barrett and the other two Trump appointments, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh had a track record of hostility to abortion and reproductive rights. They joined the seven other justices in refusing to grant an emergency injunction to block S.B. 8 while it was being challenged in court, as all previous six-week abortion bans had been.