New Texas Abortion Law Limits Contraception For Poor Women By Closing Majority Of Planned Parenthood Centers
Debate — and we use the term loosely — on proposed changes to Texas abortion law resumes tomorrow in the second special session called by Gov. Rick Perry, who insists that the law be passed. The first special session ended in chaos, after an 11-hour filibuster by Sen. Wendy David, D-Fort Worth.
Hanging in wait are three dozen licensed health centers in the state, where women can obtain an abortion, along with other medical services including family planning and screenings for cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. The majority of those centers will close, leaving facilities only in Austin, Dallas, For Worth, Houston and San Antonio, writes the Star-Telegram.
“The Texas bills are a compilation of overreaching measures to control when, where and how a woman has an abortion,” said Dr. Lisa M. Hollier, Texas district chairwoman of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “The bills would erode women’s health by denying the women of Texas the benefits of well-researched, safe and proven protocols.”
Both supporters and opponents of the new law will be in Austin tomorrow, the opposition wearing orange, with supporters in blue.
Those opposed to the new abortion restrictions are planning a march beginning tomorrow evening in Austin, at 8pm. Called Stand and March with Texas Women - Round 2, the official route for the march is Congress to Cesar Chavez, Cesar Chavez to Lavaca, Lavaca to 11th, and 11th back to the Capitol.
The Facebook event page — on which I have been a very active member this weekend — advises via march organizer Kristian Caballero:
… there will be a designated area for volunteer pedicabs to pickup people who are not mobile enough to physically endure the march (i.e. pregnant women, handicapped, and elderly). Please be sure to gather near the front gate of the Capitol, close to 11th Street and Congress Avenue.
Once again, I’ve been coordinating with APD and they will provide police escort to keep us safe from traffic. They have been incredibly cooperative and supportive, and they vow to protect our constitutional right to assemble and have this march; but they strongly advise each individual to avoid any violent or destructive action, otherwise they will be forced to make arrests. So please keep the safety of yourself and others in consideration.
Texas and Teen Pregnancy
AOC has followed the onslaught against women’s rights in Texas for several years now. When any accommodation is made to meet the health care needs of poor women in the state, abortion opponents led by Gov. Rick Perry go after Planned Parenthood in another way.
Access to contraception for poor women in Texas — the #5 state in teen pregnancy rates in 2011 and #1 state in repeat teen pregnancies — will again be decimated with the closing of so many Planned Parenthood facilities.