Another day, another massive abortion restriction from the state of Texas.
Last week, the Texas state senate approved a bill, known as SB8, to further limit women’s choice in a state that already limits them pretty heavily. This new bill contains a litany of abortion regulations that appear to bring the state one step closer to banning abortion altogether.
So we’re not allowing abortion.. but we’re also not allowing people to adopt the kids that those parents can’t take care of? Good one Texas https://t.co/PxWc5jnqm6
— madi (@itsmadib) May 28, 2017
Texas lawmakers have been tightening the noose on abortion rights for years now (remember Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster to try and block abortion restrictions in 2013?), but this law is the “most stringent and most important anti-abortion bill” to date, according to the Dallas Observer.
Its “highlights” include:
- Requiring abortion providers to bury or cremate women’s fetal and embryonic tissue
- Banning the donation of fetal tissue for medical research (it was already illegal to sell it, but now clinics can’t even donate much-need fetal tissue for research)
- Making it so that anyone who assists with the abortion–whether it’s the doctor who performs it or someone who drives the person to the clinic–can be charged with a crime, based on another existing Texas law that holds anyone who assists with lawbreaking “criminally responsible”
- Banning a procedure that anti-choice vigilantes call “dismemberment abortions” or “partial birth abortions,” which is a non-medical term for a procedure called “dilation and extraction”
Beyond the legal ramifications of the bill, this bill’s main intention appears to be attempting to stigmatize abortion more than it already is in Texas. Everything from forcing people to bury fetal tissue to referring to a common medical procedure as “dismemberment” is a good way to convince people that abortion is an evil practice when, in reality, it’s just another medical procedure. (Referring to The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Puritan view of women’s rights is pretty trite at this point, but, in truth, a bill that punishes someone for driving their friend to get an abortion really does seem like something straight out of The Handmaid’s Tale. Right?)
Respect to these activists in Texas protesting the horrific anti abortion bill in the state legislature. Well… https://t.co/GZ7PpAsKOp
— Katy Otto (@exfkaty) May 23, 2017
This bill has been passed, but it still requires a signature from Texas governor Greg Abbot to go into effect. Abbot is expected to sign, but, in the meantime, if you don’t want this to actually become a law, it certainly can’t hurt to call his office a few hundred times (or so) to let him know how you feel about it.
What do you think of this new bill? Let us know in the comments!