A federal judge has struck down Texas’ ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure.
On Wednesday, US District Judge Lee Yeakel overturned Texas Senate Bill 8 – which was passed earlier this year and banned doctors from performing dilation and evacuation abortions.
“That a woman may make the decision to have an abortion before a fetus may survive outside her womb is solely and exclusively the woman’s decision. The power to make this decision is her right,” Yeakel wrote.
In a D&E abortion, a doctor dilates the patient’s cervix before dismembering and removing the fetus. Senate Bill 8 banned doctors from performing such abortions unless they first stopped a fetus’ heart using another method.
Texas lawmakers passed Senate Bill 8 in the spring, and Gov. Greg Abbott signed it into law in June. It was due to go into effect in September, but Yeakel temporarily blocked Texas from enforcement while the law was being challenged in court.
I testified before the Hartford, CT City Council on Monday. It was my first time testifying before a group of elected officials.
It was an experience, to say the least.
A few colleagues and I testified in support of the Hartford Pregnancy Center Ordinance. This pro-life group called the “Hartford Women’s Center,” conveniently set up a new location mere feet away from the Hartford GYN Center (a reputable reproductive health clinic that has worked in the community for decades). Since the opening of the “Hartford Women’s Center,” they have actively deceived women into thinking their appointment with the Hartford GYN Center was at their location, coerced women into not seeking adequate reproductive health options and have openly shamed women for their pro-choice opinions.
Testifying in front of this group, both the Hartford City Council and those who opposed the ordinance, was an unexpected event for me. At least what it turned into for me was unexpected. As a student who attends Uni in Hartford, I was asked to speak by a now-alum of my Program. I didn’t expect to speak to such a large crowd, nor did I expect the amount of pushback. The room at City Hall could only hold 130 people, and there 200+ there to testify.
The interesting experience for me was being around all those people who felt as though they were “Doing The Lord’s Work,” all the while “booing” us and calling us “liars” while we testified. They were all so fucking rude if I’m honest. So much anger and hate from people who actively support a center that falsely advertises what they do/services they over.
It was also a new experience for me being in a space where there were so many white men who felt as though they had so much power over others. From talking over women while they attempted to converse with like-minded folks to using their bodies to deny access for others to pass them to an already tight space— it was wild. There was so much presumed privilege from folks who did absolutely nothing to deserve it. Moreover, no one really saw them as having power to being with.
It was also interesting to note that in a city with mostly African American and Latinx population, there were so many old white folks who came from outside of Hartford to speak to what the city “needs.” The assortment of “I need to speak to a Manager” haircuts and high schoolers from rich towns like Glastonbury wearing what looked like their Dad’s old prom outfit in general was all too much.
We came in numbers however. And it was an interesting first time.
What if for the accidental pregnancy Hux didn't miscarriage now Kylo and Hux actually have to talk about they are going to do. Do they have it and raise them in a war zone, abort it and try again later in life (if both are even around), have the child put in someone else's care temporarily, etc?
It’d definitely be a difficult conversation! It’s a big decision, not one to be made without a lot of consideration.
If you are pro life you better also be pro universal healthcare, pro free college education, pro public education funding, pro vaccinations, pro adopting to parents who are in the LGBT community, anti death penalty, anti prison planatations, pro clean energy, etc etc etc. Because if you aren’t all of those things and then some you are just pro flinging a child into a life in which they won’t have any of the chances you claim they deserve to have. You are just pro having a child born and then leaving the child to suffer.
The Trump administration is blocking a young immigrant woman in detention from accessing an abortion. Identified as “Jane Doe” to protect her privacy, this young woman, who likely faced countless dangers and hardships in her journey across the border, is being held hostage by a government that refuses to accept her fundamental rights.
A federal appeals court in Washington, DC has temporarily halted a judge’s order requiring the federal government to allow Jane Doe to get an abortion.
Today, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and coalition partners are coming together outside the Department of Health and Human Services in opposition of this gross injustice to send the message that access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional right for all — no matter who you are or where you’re from.