By Amaya Morales
On Aug. 31, 2021, Texas passed a new law that bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy and is one of the strictest laws in the U.S. This law is outrageous because most women do not know that they’re pregnant until after six weeks.
The law allows private citizens to sue abortion providers or anyone that helps women obtain abortions, even those who provide women with transportation to a clinic or with financial assistance. The law does not make any exceptions for cases involving rape or incest.
It’s a hardship for poor women in Texas, many of whom can’t get time off from work and travel to another state for the procedure. This measure costs a lot of time, money and planning.
With this law come challenges for those who may want to fight it in court. Luckily, there has been backlash in the U.S. and abroad against this unjust Texas ruling.
In recent years, a new FDA-approved abortion pill, Plan C, has become available.
“These medications stop a pregnancy from growing and cause cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus, similar to having a miscarriage,” states the plancpills.org.
A website offers information on the “medication abortion.” The woman takes five pills and is required to take them one or two days apart to stop the pregnancy, the website says. She does not need a doctor’s approval.
Abortion medication accounts for 40% of abortions every year. Worldwide, the pills account for 90% of safe abortions in Europe, the website said.
Women should not have to justify their decision.
The injustice of this Texas law takes away constitutional rights written in Roe v. Wade. It is clear that the position taken by Texas involves religious factors, which should never play a role in law.
It supports the notion that an embryo has more rights and power than a woman.
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