ALERT! On October 14 Supreme Court Ruling
Oct. 14, the United States Supreme Court voted 6 to 3 to overrule the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision. The Fifth Circuit had ruled on Oct. 2 to allow Texas law HB2 to go into effect which forced the closure of 13 clinics. The SCOTUS ruling means that these clinics may now re-open!
This is a positive immediate development, but it is a far cry from justice and it is also far from over. Many of the clinics that were forced to close have already had to lay off their staff and let go--or began the process of letting go--of their properties. Re-opening, while the right thing to do for their patients and women everywhere, is an enormous financial gamble for the owners of the clinics who have no guarantee whether they will be able to remain open for any length of time.
The Supreme Court's decision was simply that while the challenge to HB2 is still being litigated, the closure of the clinics should not be enforced. The final decision on whether HB2 will stand is still not decided. Also, the 20-week ban on abortion, along with harmful and medically unsound restrictions on medication abortions are left untouched by the Supreme Court.
The restriction requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges, which already closed many clinics in Texas is still in effect, with the exception of 2 clinics in El Paso & McAllen.
The fate of women throughout the state of Texas, the futures of the courageous abortion providers who have struggled to keep their clinic doors open, and the direction of this fight for women's right to abortion and reproductive freedom across the country are still at stake.
Now is not the time for complacency. It is time to step up!
ABORTION ON DEMAND AND WITHOUT APOLOGY!
FORCED MOTHERHOOD IS FEMALE ENSLAVEMENT!
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Every movement for liberation has had to go up against not only the forces of oppression, but also the ways in which even many people who hate that oppression have become convinced that the most they can do is fight for some gradual or incremental change. This historic effort has been no different.
Interview with Sunsara Taylor by Dennis Trainor on Acronym TV
Part 3: (10:03) Texans For Reproductive Justice v. Stop Patriarchy
Critics within the Texas pro-choice community have very publicly stood in opposition to Stop Patriarchy. A coalition calling itself Texans for Reproductive Justice have published a United Statement in Opposition to Stop Patriarchy and a detailed Letter of Concern “opposing Stop Patriarchy’s messaging, tactics, dishonesty, and racism.”
"A Response to Recent Attacks & Invitation to All"
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Article: Don't Give Up The Fight for Abortion Rights
by an Abortion Rights Freedom Rider and recent college graduate
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Above: Merle Hoffman, founder of Choice Women's Medical Center and abortion provider since 1971, calls on YOU to become an abortion rights freedom rider.
Above: Dennis Trainor from Acronym TV speaks on his personal experience, and why he supports the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride.
Above: Susan Brownmiller, feminist, author, activist, Civil Rights Freedom Summer volunteer, speaks on her three illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade and challenges young people to step up today.
Above: Billy Joe Cain from Austin TX speaks on his experience standing up for abortion rights during last year's filibuster against the anti-abortion bill HB2, and why he supports the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride.