“After Texas: The Fight for Abortion Access,” a virtual workshop organized by The Meteor Fund and the Center for Reproductive Rights, was recently held to discuss Texas’s extreme abortion ban and its ramifications for abortion rights in other states.
The panel of reproductive rights, health, and justice experts examined the Texas ban and the Center’s case challenging it, Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson. Texas’s law, S.B. 8, bans abortion care after six weeks of pregnancy and incentivizes private citizens to enforce the ban by suing abortion providers and anyone who helps someone obtain an abortion after the law’s limit.
The Center’s senior staff attorney, Jenny Ma, and Amy Hagstrom Miller, the founder and president of Whole Woman’s Health and Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, a client in the case, provided an update on the case and how the law ended almost all abortion access in the state when it was in effect.
Also joining the conversation were Jessica Pinckney, executive director of Access Reproductive Justice, and Dahlia Lithwick, founding member of The Meteor and a senior editor and columnist at Slate, who moderated the discussion.
Miller, when asked about conditions on the ground in Texas, said, “It’s really bad… Everybody is complying with S.B. 8, because of the incredible threats of what will happen to us if we don’t. Which means that we’re turning away almost everyone.” Miller explained that 80 percent of her patients are already mothers and are juggling childcare, work, and other responsibilities, adding, “Most folks are experiencing S.B. 8 as a sentence to carry out their pregnancy against their will.”