The New York Times, NPR, and NBC Nightly News were among the media outlets reporting on Zurawski v. State of Texas, a groundbreaking lawsuit filed yesterday by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of five Texas women who were denied abortion care after facing severe and dangerous pregnancy complications. The case seeks to clarify the scope of the state’s “medical emergency” exception under its extreme abortion bans.
“I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this in the nation, having people with pregnancy complications having to sue the state,” said the Center’s President and CEO Nancy Northup in the New York Times piece. “It puts a face on the reality of what it means when you criminalize abortion care. It shows that abortion care is health care.”
“Just because Roe v. Wade is no longer the law of the land does not mean that women and pregnant people are without constitutional and basic human rights,” said Molly Duane, senior staff attorney, in the NPR piece. “We’re talking about people who are in medical emergencies, who need urgent medical care and whose physicians are too scared to provide that care because of the state’s laws and because of the state’s failure to provide any clarification around what its law means.”
Find the full reports here:
- “Five Women Sue Texas Over the State’s Abortion Ban,” New York Times, 03.06.23
- “Group plans to sue the state of Texas over abortion restrictions,” NBC Nightly News, 03.06.23
- “5 Texas women denied abortions sue the state, saying the bans put them in danger,” NPR, 03.07.23