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Texas's misogyny is an undue burden on us all

State's attempts to limit abortion are deceptive, backwards and fortunately illegal Ð for now


It’s unclear whether Texas or the Supreme Court has less respect for women, but either way, the state’s attempt to bypass the latter and restrict the rights of woman have been mercifully unsuccessful.

Tuesday night, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Texas law that would have significantly cut down the number of open abortion clinics in the state.

The ruling suspends the Oct. 2 decision by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which would have allowed the state to enact a rule requiring abortion clinics to adhere to exceedingly strict medical standards.

The law would have required clinics to meet the standards of an “ambulatory surgical center,” which would involve installing air filtration systems and maintaining operating rooms – upgrades that would cost millions of dollars for clinics across the state. The new law would also compel doctors at clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Any clinic without these upgrades would have been closed immediately, leaving only eight abortion clinics operating in the state. There would be no providers available along the Texas-Mexico border, or outside any of the state’s major urban areas, according to ABC News.

Although Texas would like to get away with their claims that the law is about protecting the health and safety of women seeking abortions, these new rules do nothing but impose on women’s freedom.

The state is trying to regulate – and practically eliminate – access to abortion, and lawmakers have the gall to claim they are doing so for the sake of the women whose rights they are restricting.

If the law ends up passing – the legal battle is ongoing – and the closures occur, then more than 900,000 women of reproductive age would have to travel 150 miles or more to have an abortion, according to the Washington Post.

More than two decades ago, the Supreme Court determined states cannot impose an “undue burden” on women attempting to obtain an abortion early in their pregnancy.

But unbelievably, Texas attorneys insist their law would not burden women seeking an abortion. Apparently driving three hours or more for multiple appointments is not a burden. The claim would be laughable if the law it supports weren’t on the verge of becoming reality.

What about women who don’t have a car, who don’t have gas money for long road trips, who work minimum-wage jobs and can’t miss a day of work? What about the women who need to get an abortion without anyone else knowing?

That anyone can claim with a straight face that this law would not make abortions inaccessible for women in Texas is ridiculous.

Texas clearly has a problem with abortion. The state can’t outlaw the practice, and their attempts to achieve the next-best (next-worst) thing does nothing but punish the more isolated, impoverished or endangered portions of the population.

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