Emergency for Texas Women, Please Help Whole Woman’s Health & Please Spread the Word!

Abortion Care Should Be Free and Funded

When I read the email below I felt my heat drop. Texas is becoming an anti-woman state; this country following fast. What are we as women going to do? We have to come up with a plan so that we never go back to the days before Roe V Wade. It’d be nice if we were moving forward with progress, but instead it seems we are doing the opposite.

As noted in the letter, since they can’t make abortion illegal, they are trying their hardest to make having safe and legal facilities available. They are demanding insane things in order to ensure safety for abortions….such as, the staff must have larger break rooms… Wow.
Instead of letting them steal our rights, we need to all learn everything we possibly can and network. Solidarity- because abortion isn’t going to stop, just as it was still going strong, and dangerous, at times, fatal, before Roe v Wade.  We can’t let that happen again… I want to get involved in helping ensure this… But I don’t know where to start; if you have an idea or if there is anyone out there who knows where I should look, please contact me!

Here is the letter. Remember what it was like for you… I can’t fathom that at this time last year I was preparing to have a surgical abortion done; all I can think about is how suicidal I was, how I didn’t want my future to end, how I didn’t want to give birth and bring a child into a world and family that were not ready for it. Right now, there are women out there going through those same thoughts as me…only I was able to have mine completed, thankfully.

Any support is important possible matters, just please do something… If you honestly can’t help in one way, then please at least share this page and get the word out… This is an Emergency for Women.

______Letter Begins_______
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott won his appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit this last week to lift a permanent injunction against a law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Allowing the law to go into effect will immediately halt abortion care at 13 of the 36 state health centers providing it to the state’s 26 million residents. [1]

Some of these clinics have had to close completely, like the Whole Woman’s Health clinics in Fort Worth and McAllen, whose staff are now helping patients with cancelled appointments to get booked at other clinics.

For patients who can’t afford to cover the unexpected travel, lodging, and child care costs, Whole Woman’s Health is working to cover their expenses and your $10 gift to the Stigma Relief Fund will help them provide direct assistance to their patients.

In the words of U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, who originally struck down the admitting privileges requirement earlier in the week, the law that’s closing these clinics has “no rational relationship to improved patient care” and “places an undue burden on a woman seeking an abortion.”

Between local hospitals’ refusal to cooperate, and the 24-hour waiting period already in place, some patients will now face overnight travel to a distant clinic to obtain an abortion.

Your gift of $10 to the Whole Woman’s Health Stigma Relief Fund today will help reduce the effect of this undue burden by providing direct support to clinic patients who’ve had their appointments cancelled because of clinic closures.

Hospital admitting privileges are the latest in a series of completely random accessories (Wider hallways! Bigger staff lounges! Fancier janitors’ closets! Better landscaping!) that anti-choice lawmakers have insisted clinics that provide abortions pay for. But for providers and women, they’re not random at all; every single one of these rules is designed to force clinics out of business.

If they can’t outlaw abortion itself, they’ll settle for making sure that it’s as difficult as possible to get legally. The courts have mostly gone along with this discrimination against women’s healthcare so far because, the argument seems to be, women sometimes change their minds. So unlike any other form of healthcare, the state can require patients to put up with public shaming, can force doctors to lie about the side effects or likely risks of treatment, or even insist that extremely safe and simple treatments be banned in favor of riskier, more painful alternatives.

We’re working to fix these laws and challenge the acceptance of these violations of women’s dignity and equal rights. We will get there someday.

In the meantime, there are women all over Texas who are going to find out that their appointment next week has been canceled and who aren’t going to know how to pay to get to another clinic for a later term procedure. You can help right now.

Your $10 gift to the Whole Woman’s Health Stigma Relief Fund is another step towards a world where women’s rights to our own bodies and decisions are respected.

Keep fighting,

Natasha Chart
Campaign Director, RH Reality Check

[1] – “In Reversal, Court Allows Texas Law on Abortion” by Erik Eckholm, New York Times, October 31, 2013.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/01/us/most-of-law-on-abortion-is-reinstated-in-texas.html?_r=0

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