There has been a lot of talk about the Supreme Court seat vacancy, but we’re not hearing enough about what’s at stake. The safety of women is on the line and we should not lose sight of that. There is a case before the court that ignores the safety of women in a blatant attempt to close down clinics of abortion providers.
The Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt court case will be decided by the Supreme Court this month. If the law is upheld, Texas abortion clinics would be regulated on the basis of hallway widths, room sizes and the number of bathrooms a clinic has. What does the width of a hallway have to do with a woman’s safety? None of these restrictions is medically necessary. In fact, not only are the restrictions medically unnecessary, but they would be a detriment to women’s health. The American Medical Association and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists oppose these regulations, stating that they “jeopardize women’s health by restricting access to abortion providers.”
Sadly, similar legislation has been introduced in Minnesota.
When you go to vote this November, remember the stakes are high for women. We could lose access to an incredibly safe procedure and women could resort to pre-Roe v. Wade means of having an abortion, which are very unsafe. I urge you to vote on candidates down the ballot who will support women and reject legislation like this.
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