Target: U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel
Goal: Help keep abortion clinics open in Texas
Since 2012, the number of abortion clinics in Texas has shrunk from 41 to 19. If a new law is allowed to go into effect in September, that number will drop to seven. About a million women of reproductive age in Texas will soon be living more than 150 miles from an abortion clinic. Urge a federal judge to intervene and ban the unconstitutional and harmful provisions of this law before women in Texas are left with fewer healthcare options.
The harmful anti-abortion law that passed last year has stringent requirements for abortion facilities including that doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals and that all centers meet hospital requirements for their surgery centers despite the fact that the majority of abortions are not surgical. Many abortion centers simply do not have the resources to build costly new facilities or update existing ones. Facilities without the millions of dollars to finance such extensive upgrades would be forced to close their doors.
Texas is a massive and diverse state with a population of 26 million, many of whom live in rural areas that are far from the metropolitan centers of Dallas, Houston, and Austin, where the last remaining abortion clinics will be located. Many women already have to make hours-long journeys to reach their closest abortion clinic, substantially disrupting their lives and posing a weighty barrier to obtaining a legal health procedure. Many women in Texas are already turning to an abortion-inducing pill called misoprostol now being sold on the black market as a result of widespread clinic shutdowns.
Now many Texas abortion providers are fighting back against these unnecessarily strict and biased laws that are more concerned with closing abortion clinics than with providing quality healthcare to Texan women. Urge Judge Yeakel to rule against provisions that will close more abortion clinics in Texas, posing an unconstitutional burden upon women trying to exercise their legal rights.
Dear Judge Yeakel,
It’s imperative that the 19 remaining abortion clinics in Texas keep their doors open to the millions of women who need their services. Lawmakers in Texas do not have women’s best interests in mind, nor do they care about healthcare. They are solely interested in closing as many abortion clinics as possible. Please do not allow politics to get in the way of healthcare. I urge you to rule against the devastating provisions of recent anti-abortion laws in Texas.
If allowed to go into effect in September, the number of abortion clinics in Texas will have shrunk from 41 to less than ten in two short years. About a million women in Texas would live more than 150 miles from the nearest abortion provider, presenting an outrageous barrier to obtaining this perfectly legal procedure.
Abortion has been so stigmatized that only four percent of hospitals perform the procedure, forcing the burden for providing them on small, underfunded clinics that do not have the resources to build costly facilities. Please help the women of Texas to retain access to this very personal and legal procedure.
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