As the Supreme Court prepares to hear a pivotal case that could force all but 10 Texas abortion clinics to close, women are sharing their personal experiences of abortion with the court while using their real names for the first time.
Pro-choice advocates are challenging two restrictions in Texas law HB2, an omnibus anti-abortion bill passed in 2013. The restrictions in question require doctors to have admitting privileges with a local hospital in order to perform abortions and require abortion clinics to essentially become mini hospitals. The law would force 900,000 Texas women to travel more than 150 miles to the nearest abortion clinic, a journey advocates argue constitutes a threat to the legal dignity of women and an “undue burden” on women seeking abortions.
Perhaps the most crucial aspect of the legal challenge is the argument that anti-abortion laws deny how common abortion is — about one in three American women will have an abortion in her lifetime — and abortion’s role in women’s equal participation in social life. To that end, a number of amicus briefs submitted to the court feature the personal stories of women who have had abortions: one brief, for example, includes more than 110 women in the legal profession who say without access to abortion they wouldn’t have been able to pursue the careers they have today. And, for the first time ever, shame isn’t stopping these women from putting their names to their experiences.
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