Target: U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel
Goal: Praise the U.S. District Court for their role in striking down a portion of a law that would have severely restricted abortion access
The U.S. Supreme Court just upheld a decision by District Judge Lee Yeakel to block a key part of a draconian anti-abortion law in Texas that would have shut down all but eight abortion clinics in the state. This section of the law would have required any facility that offers abortion services to function like a full-scale hospital, requiring many of the remaining clinics to either spend millions on unnecessary upgrades or close their doors. However, Judge Yeakel and the Supreme Court have heard the voices of the public and prevented further chipping away at reproductive rights.
Since a restrictive Texas anti-abortion law was forced through in 2013, pro-choice activists have been doing what they can to ensure that as many clinics remain open as possible. Had this section of the new law not been struck down, many people would have been left without a clinic within 150 miles of their homes. This is by no means “reasonable” access to reproductive care and is a blatant attempt to keep people from having safe abortions, thereby restricting their reproductive rights.
Though there’s still plenty of work to do in the fight to push back those who would take away the rights of millions to control their bodies, standing up against this key part of the 2013 anti-abortion law will help to give hope to those whose access to clinics would have otherwise been severely restricted. Sign this petition to thank Judge Lee Yeakel, who originally struck down this part of the law, for standing up for reproductive rights and keeping a good number of abortion clinics open.
Dear Judge Yeakel,
I have just learned that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld your ruling that forcing abortion clinics to spend millions of dollars on pointless upgrades just to be able to continue offering abortion services was unconstitutional. This ruling will allow thousands of people to remain within reasonable access to reproductive care and allow them to exercise their constitutional rights if need be.
I thank you for standing up to those who are determined to wipe out any and all access to abortion services in the U.S. It’s become clear that there are plenty of individuals who are perfectly willing to ignore their responsibilities to listen to what their constituents want and shirk their duties to uphold the constitution in order to follow a personal dogma that has no place in government.
Clearly, being 150 miles away from the closest abortion clinic is not reasonable access to reproductive care, and the clinic upgrades were not about safety. You did the right thing for the people of Texas—most of whom did not want the law to be passed in the first place. Because of you, the law will do much less damage than it would have otherwise. Thank you again for your courage.
[Your Name Here]
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Original petition: Don’t Close Abortion Clinics