A coalition of reproductive health, rights and justice organizations in Texas are filing a lawsuit against the State for the many unnecessary abortion restrictions sanctioned by state legislature. Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, the Afiya Center, Fund Texas Choice, Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, West Fund, and Dr. Bhavik Kumar are the plaintiffs.
From the press release:
“The lawsuit challenges abortion restrictions that fall within five categories of unconstitutional laws currently in force in Texas, including:
Targeted regulation of abortion provider (TRAP) laws, which single out abortion providers for regulatory requirements that are different and more burdensome than those governing other healthcare providers;
Laws that deny abortion patients the benefits of scientific progress, including those that limit advancements in the use of medication abortion and those that prohibit the use of telemedicine in abortion care;
Restrictions that shame and punish those seeking abortion, forcing patients to delay care and forcing doctors to lie to patients and to provide state-mandated information about abortion that is biased, misleading, or medically inaccurate;
Forced parental involvement laws that require minors to obtain approval from a parent or judge and navigate a labyrinth of procedural requirements before having an abortion, including in cases where the minor’s parents are estranged, deceased, negligent, or abusive; and
Laws that threaten abortion providers with arrest or jail for providing care subject abortion providers to special criminal liability.
The lawsuit also challenges the University of Texas System’s refusal to grant students credit for completing field placements or internships with organizations that facilitate abortion access.”
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