Last summer, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D) became a national sensation when she bravely fought for women’s rights in Texas during a nearly 13-hour filibuster to block a controversial law that would have restricted women’s rights within the state. Though her efforts were brave, and temporarily successful, they ultimately fell short of blocking the law. Governor Rick Perry simply called another special session to pass the anti-choice law, which set new standards that would make it much more difficult for women to exercise their constitutional rights and have control over their own bodies.
Well, today a federal judge struck down the most controversial part of this law that would have closed 12 of Texas’ 19 abortion clinics. The law states that these clinics that perform abortions would have had to meet hospital-level operating requirements in order to remain open.
The ruling halts the closing of 12 clinics that would have had to close their doors by this Monday, September 1.
Advocates for the law claim that this is all about protecting women, but we all know it’s ploy they’re trying to exploit in order to effectively outlaw abortions in Texas. See, they can’t place an outright ban on abortions, so they’re trying to do their best to make sure it’s nearly impossible to have one.
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in his ruling, “The overall effect of the provisions is to create an impermissible obstacle as applied to all women seeking a previability abortion.”
Which is exactly right. This law was never about protecting women, but Republicans doing whatever they can to make having an abortion in Texas nearly unobtainable.
Similar laws have been struck down by federal judges in Wisconsin, Mississippi and Kansas.
And as expected, Texas is going to appeal this ruling, So the fight for women’s rights in Texas is far from over.
Though the fact that Republicans are trying to use “protecting women’s health” as an excuse to limit the control they have over their own bodies (and their constitutional rights) is appalling. This law has nothing to do with women’s health and everything to do with conservatives trying to find any way they can to “legally” ban abortion.