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Went on Twitter today and found my feed filed with#UndoTheBurden, #stopthesham, and #scotus tags, all in the name of Abortion Safety. Now, let's rewind a little I think it was back in January when Texas (our lovely home state) decided to overrule the Roe vs. Wade without actually saying they've overruled(done behind our backs) the law in what was called the Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt(HB2) a case that basically shut down the majority of the state's abortion clinics. Now Texas is a bit on the conservative side (we have 4 conservatives and 4 liberal justices) and with four conservative judges who voted to uphold said law. This is basically a law which would make it "illegal" to have an abortion (disregarding safe abortion practices), it's also a slap in the face of Women's Health.
The Whole Woman's Health asked whether a state can impose a law that restricts access to abortion. The law was created to help women's health and required abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges (stalling tactics), many of the hospitals Texas don't have or provide services that would consider them a part of the admitting privileges clause. Fast Forward: Many organizations (check out the link for more information) opposed the law, because the law infringes on basic human right's given to all and in this case, women. Insuring abortion safety is key, especially in the 21st century.
Today, the Supreme Curt ruled 5-4 in favor of Texas woman because Justice Anthony Kennedy a conservative temporarily voted against his conservative brethren and voted for women. Why is this important? Because a woman's very right to access safe, legal abortion is before the court, this ruling could affect access abortion far beyond Texas.
As much as this bill is about reproductive rights and abortion safety it's also a bill that gives us incite on how we view women's health and women as a nation. I hope in the coming years, actually, in the coming months, women's health and safety will no longer be a taboo subject and that we will continue to create more victories.
Also, check out the SCOTUS Blog for more updates
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