Target: U.S. Supreme Court
Goal: Don’t severely limit abortion clinics in the state of Texas.
In the state of Texas, abortion laws are about to come into effect, which would make it increasingly difficult for women to gain access to abortion resources. The currently considered restrictions stem from a controversial law passed in 2013, which enacted more stringent regulations for abortion clinics in Texas. If this law gets passed successfully in the state, the number of abortion clinics in the state will decrease dramatically, making it difficult for women seeking abortion resources.
The law passed in 2013 requires clinics to adhere to stricter building standards and doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals in the vicinity of the clinic. This law is estimated to reduce the number of abortion clinics to only nine in the whole state of Texas, due to Texas hospitals not wanting to get involved in the controversial issue. This leaves one abortion clinic for every 700,000 woman of reproductive age in the state, which would create numerous hardships for many women seeking abortion clinics. Although lawmakers behind the bill argue that the bill is meant to improve safety for women, major medical associations say the restrictions do not improve patient safety and that they are really intended to restrict access to abortion.
A group of abortion providers filed to have the law repealed in 2013. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the law, and if the Supreme Court does not step in, the law will go into effect and the number of abortion clinics in Texas will be decreased significantly. Please sign the petition below to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the 2013 law from coming into effect. Women seeking abortion clinics and resources should have access to these resources and should not have to travel hundreds of miles to the nearest clinic.
Dear Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court,
I am writing to you about Texas’ decision to implement legislative measures that would severely decrease the number of abortion clinics in the state. This would most likely pose an “undue burden” to the residents of Texas’ constitutional right to an abortion. The severe decrease in the number of abortion clinics to fewer than ten in the entire state would make it distressingly difficult for numerous women seeking abortion resources.
The women in Texas should have the right to seek abortion resources and not have to travel hundreds of miles to get to one. Please look into taking this case, and ruling for what is the best for the women in Texas.
[Your Name Here]
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