Target: United States District Judge Lee Yeakel
Goal: Praise decision to block mass abortion clinic closures
A federal judge recently imposed a temporary block on a Texas law designed to restrict abortions. The law, which mandates strict building and equipment codes for everywhere abortions are performed, would have meant the closure of several abortion clinics across the state. Thankfully, the court ruled that the law would place undue burdens on women seeking the procedure if it came into effect as planned.
If the law had gone into effect, dozens of the state’s abortion clinics would have been forced to close. Experts say that only six or seven of the state’s clinics would be able to bear the cost of the building and equipment improvements required to stay open. Hundreds of thousands of women would have been left without access to the procedure, being forced to travel to large cities or even out-of-state.
The restrictions were part of a sweeping law enacted in 2013, which drastically reduced access to abortion in Texas. It banned the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy, mandated that all doctors performing abortions have relationships with hospitals allowing them to admit and treat patients there, as well as limited the accessibility of abortion-causing drugs. Already, over half of the state’s clinics have been closed because of these laws, and many of those that remain were threatened by the code laws that were to come into effect.
State lawmakers claim that the laws are necessary to ensure the safety of all women seeking the procedure, though they could actually prove detrimental to the overall accessibility of abortion services in Texas. By blocking the new codes from coming into effect, federal courts are ensuring that women’s reproductive rights are protected. Your signature will praise the move to ensure that abortion clinics are allowed to remain open while a more appropriate solution is reached.
Dear Honorable Lee Yeakel,
A restrictive new law on abortion clinics that would have seen the majority of the state’s remaining abortion clinics closed was recently blocked by a federal court. The law, which requires hospital-like buildings and equipment, would have forced the closure of dozens of doctor’s office-styled abortion clinics with insufficient funding to make the changes.
The law would have resulted in severe restrictions to the accessibility of abortions, forcing some women to drive eight or more hours to a clinic in a major city or out-of-state. It is important that all women have the resources they need to make their own decisions about their reproductive health, including access to abortion clinics. I applaud your decision to temporarily stop the law from coming into effect, and ask for your continued work to find a permanent solution to the issue.
[Your Name Here]
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