In Texas the battle over a woman’s right to her own body has entered a dangerous new phase. This week a draconian new law went into play barring most abortions after 6 weeks — and if you’ve ever been pregnant — you’re probably aware that most don’t know they are until about 6 weeks or longer. Gamble ‘s ruling comes against the backdrop of claims that the law would’ve created imminent danger for so many women in the state.
Texas has now stopped abortions at that point. Judge Gamble (who we will not picture for obvious reasons) ruled yesterday that Planned Parenthood clinics are exempt from the new law for a host of reasons.
The law allows private citizens to sue those including agencies they suspect of providing these services to women sans PP.
TX ‘s law is an attempt to dramatically overturn Roe v Wade which Republicans have long sought to have brought before the new right-wing leaning Supreme Court. Though it is unclear if the law would ever actually be overturned considering it has been on the books for generations.
There are understood to be about 42 Planned Parenthood clinics in the state of Texas. Interestingly enough, the same law actually does not grant exemptions for women in the state who are or were victims of rape or incest.