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Thu Oct 23, 2014, 07:35 PM

Bring back the abortion underground railroad

On Oct. 14, the Supreme Court allowed 13 Texas abortion clinics to reopen, blocking parts of a state law that impose onerous requirements on abortion providers. Without this ruling, all but eight of the stateís abortion clinics would have been forced to close, and many women would have had to travel up to 600 miles for an abortion.

Though a welcome decision, the ruling provides only temporary relief for Texas women, since the entire law is currently under review. Most of the clinics that have reopened arenít bringing abortion services closer to those who need them so much as expanding the capacity of large cities such as Houston and Dallas, where abortion was already more accessible than elsewhere in the state.
Abortion restrictions in Texas reflect a nationwide trend. Last year the Virginia Board of Health voted to require abortion clinics to meet medically unnecessary hospital-style building codes designed to put many of them out of business. Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisiana and Wisconsin have passed similar laws designed to shutter clinics by requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital admitting privileges. The fate of Mississippi's sole remaining abortion clinic is hanging by a thread, thanks to a court order blocking a similar restriction.

These ongoing crackdowns belie the popular notion that abortions are readily obtainable in the United States. The truth is that while the procedure is legal, its accessibility depends on having time, money and a flexible schedule. The injustice created is so gross that the only recourse for many women may be civil disobedience.
http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/10/texas-abortion-clinicswomensrights.html

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu Oct 23, 2014, 08:25 PM

1. I did a skit on that in my theater class

It was a couple years ago, when I first heard about the alarming pace that women's rights were being destroyed.

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Thu Oct 23, 2014, 08:30 PM

2. jane

in chicago pre-roe there was a network of nurses who were trained in the procedure, came to your home, set up a sterile area, and did the procedure.

trust nurses.

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Thu Oct 23, 2014, 09:06 PM

3. I came of age before Roe v Wade,

 

and even though I never needed it myself, I remember being very aware that it was possible to ask around and find out how to get a safe abortion. Or at least it was hopefully safe.

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