In Texas, a Look at the Bleak Future of Women’s Rights

One of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the country took effect recently in Texas. Under this new law, 80% of the family planning clinics in the state will now have to be closed. This means that most women who seek contraceptive and abortion services will be forced to travel as far as 300 miles one-way just to get the family planning services they are guaranteed, by federal law, under the Roe v. Wade decision. For women of privilege who can afford such a long trip, this is an inconvenience, but will probably not prevent them from getting an abortion if they so choose. But what about women of modest means who do not have adequate transportation, resources, or the time needed away from their minimum wage jobs to make such an excursion? The Texas legislature and Governor Rick Perry have decided the rights of these women are not important, and they have no compunctions about denying them all of the protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution, which is supposed to be the law of the land. Personally, I believe, as former President Bill Clinton said, that the decision to have an abortion should be between “a woman, her God, and her doctor.” I also believe that a right which has been affirmed by the Supreme Court should in no way be abrogated by a bunch of Right wing fanatics who are only interested in their own reelection. The time has come for all who believe the government should keep their prying eyes out of the bedroom and the examining room to stand together and elect representatives who share our values. We must make clear to every elected representative that if he or she deliberately chooses to deny rights to us or others then we will deny them the right to represent us.

4 thoughts on “In Texas, a Look at the Bleak Future of Women’s Rights

  1. Never fails to amaze me how rich old white guys want to tell poor women of color what they should do with their bodies. Wonder how they’d feel if the shoe was on the other foot.

  2. Rick Perry is already running for president in 2016. What he’s too stupid to realize is that he can’t win his own state. We are sick of this turkey.

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