Target: Nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices
Goal: Don’t shut down most of Texas’ abortion clinics and prevent new ones from opening.
New abortion laws could force 75 percent of Texas’ clinics that provide abortion services to shut down and prevent new ones from opening. The requirements would force clinics that offer abortions to have hospital-grade facilities and physicians would be required to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. In part of their appeal, health care providers stated that these abortion regulations reduce access to the services and do not improve medical safety.
A federal trial judge had already declared the requirements to be an unconstitutional burden on women’s access to abortion, and now but the decision has been reversed by the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Over half of the 40 clinics in Texas have already been shut down after a law passed in 2013 that placed even more restrictions on abortion, according to the brief filed. Clinics and lawyers of Whole Women’s Health argued that this law violates the Supreme Court decisions protecting abortion rights and it imposes undue burden on women seeking abortion.
A ruling is reportedly expected by the end of June. Please sign this petition to stand up for women’s rights and access to safe abortion urging Texas officials to decline this new law.
Dear Nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices,
The law that was previously declared an unconstitutional burden on abortion rights has recently been reversed. This new law, if put into place, will force over 75 percent of Texas’ facilities that offer abortion to shut down and prevent new ones from opening. This only hurts women’s health and puts them at risk for looking to other, more dangerous options.
The new law will not improve medical safety. It only restricts women’s access to abortion care even further and that is dangerous and increases the risks of unsafe abortion procedures. We urge you to protect this right and make the decision to vote against the new law.
[Your Name Here]
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