Target: Governor of Texas Rick Perry
Goal: Ensure pregnant women’s reproductive rights are protected by providing access to abortion clinics
Despite the harrowing efforts of Wendy Davis and other democrats, Texas was able to pass a controversial law that restricts access to abortion. The law is currently responsible for closing down 13 abortion clinics in the state, and more are scheduled to shut down. The closure of these clinics restricts women from seeking an abortion in their areas, thereby forcing them to seek other desperate means to terminate their pregnancies. While the United States allows universal abortions, states have varying laws that violate a woman’s right to seek an abortion. All women should have easy access to this procedure, as is their right.
Women and girls should have easy access to health care and receive accurate information regarding their reproductive system. By forcing 13 abortion clinics to close, Texas is limiting access to health care and placing women in danger. Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and other supporters of women’s rights believe that the controversial law mandated by Texas creates unnecessary regulations, which many believe is meant to restrict access to abortions instead of ensuring that the procedure is safe. Women will have to travel great distances to receive an abortion thanks to the closure of these clinics.
Wendy Davis is known for fighting against this law by participating in a filibuster meant to stop its passage. Despite hearing her accounts and those from many other women, Texas lawmakers managed to pass this law. Many in Texas are still outraged, and they have every right to be. Universal abortions are legal in the United States, but states such as Texas will restrict access to this procedure. Sign the petition below to urge Governor Rick Perry to repeal this law immediately, as it violates a woman’s bodily right.
Dear Governor Perry,
A controversial law that many believe violates a woman’s bodily right has resulted in the immediate closure of 13 abortion clinics. Women who live in areas where these clinics closed will now have to travel vast distances to receive the procedure if they wish to terminate their pregnancies. If they cannot afford to travel, women will feel more inclined to seek other unsafe solutions. These solutions include the use of clothes hangers or knitting needles, self-prescribed medications, and self-inflicted harm to terminate the pregnancy.
It is not ethical to force a pregnancy on a woman. It is also not ethical to restrict access to abortion, as is clearly being done in Texas. I demand for this law’s immediate repeal, as it is endangering the lives of women and girls. Texas should support and acknowledge women’s rights.
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