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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Of Women's Rights Goes To Court

Texas denied abortions to these women when their lives were in danger. Now they’re suing the state. - 19th News

Zurawski v. State of Texas is the first lawsuit brought on behalf of women denied abortions since the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated the constitutional right to abortion and cleared the way for states to ban it entirely. While Texas’s laws contain an exception for the life and health of the pregnant person, the state’s hostile abortion landscape has made physicians afraid to rely on the exception. These extreme bans criminalizing abortion have stoked fear and confusion among pregnant people and doctors throughout the state. - Center for Reproductive Rights

What's the lawsuit? Who are the endangered women? Who banned abortions in Texas? Start with this StoryMap.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre of Women's Rights Goes to Court

Women endangered

"The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit, against the state of Texas, seeking to clarify the scope of the state’s “medical emergency” exception under its extreme abortion bans. The case was brought on behalf of five Texas women—each denied abortion care after facing severe and dangerous pregnancy complications—and two Texas obstetrician-gynecologists... the state’s hostile abortion landscape has made physicians afraid to rely on the exception. These extreme bans criminalizing abortion have stoked fear and confusion among pregnant people and doctors throughout the state.  

Physicians found to have violated Texas’s abortion laws face fines of at least $100,000, up to 99 years in prison, and revocation of their state medical licenses. Such legal risks, combined with the bans’ unclear language, are deterring Texas physicians from providing their patients with abortion care—a necessary, life-saving procedure crucial for treating many dangerous pregnancy conditions to their patients. As a result—and as demonstrated by the experiences of the women in this case—patients in Texas have experienced severe physical harm and mental anguish." - Center For Reproductive Rights

Paxton Smith on the need to speak up for Women's Rights.

Speak up for women's rights

"We need to make our voices heard about the Texas Heartbeat Bill affecting me and millions of other women. It bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy regardless of whether the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest Six weeks that's all women get. Most of them don't realize that they're pregnant by six weeks. So before they have a chance to decide if they can take on the responsibility of bringing another human being into the world. That decision is made for them by a stranger. A decision that will affect the rest of their lives is made by a stranger

I have dreams and hopes and ambitions every girl does. We have spent our entire lives working towards our future and without our input and without our consent. Our control over that future has been stripped away from us. I am terrified that if my contraceptives fail. I am terrified that if I am raped. Then my hopes and aspirations and dreams and efforts for my future will no longer matter.

I hope you can feel how gut-wrenching and dehumanizing it is to have the autonomy over your own body taken away from you. It's a problem that cannot wait. There is a war on my body. A war on my rights. A war on the rights of your mothers. A war on the rights of your sisters. A war on the rights of your daughters. We cannot stay silent." - Paxton Smith, Lake Highlands class valedictorian

TakeAway: Speak up for women's rights.

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