On May 19, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law an extreme anti-abortion bill that bans abortion before most people even know they’re pregnant. The bill is set to go into effect on September 1, 2021 unless courts intervene.
The bill also allows anti-abortion extremists —regardless of whether or not they’re connected to the person having an abortion—to use frivolous lawsuits to harass anyone who helps people in Texas access abortion care after 6 weeks—including an abortion provider, an abortion fund, family and friends of the patient, and anyone else who helped that person access care.
This is a direct attack on Texans seeking abortion, and on those of us who help them get their care.
All of this is happening while we prepare for the Supreme Court to take up Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a challenge to Mississippi’s 15-week ban on abortion. Anti-abortion lawmakers designed this to be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. While there is uncertainty around the outcome of this case, we know one thing for sure: Roe has never been enough for people in the South who continuously struggle to access abortion care. It’s up to us to show up for our communities when our courts and elected officials fail us.