A Promised Fight as Texas Tramples Rights of Women

Striking a blow to the rights and wellbeing of women across Texas, a federal appeals court has ruled to reinstate a restrictive anti-choice law that will shutter at least one-third of all abortion providers across the state.

As the Associated Press reports:

“The decision is a disappointing failure to protect the constitutional rights of women in Texas, who now face a health crisis of catastrophic proportions,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

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“Years of legislative attacks on women’s health and rights,” she added, “now pose an imminent threat to send countless women back to the dark days before Roe v. Wade.”

Northrup, however, was not alone in vowing to continue the legal battle.

“This fight is far from over,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement. “This restriction clearly violates Texas women’s constitutional rights by drastically reducing access to safe and legal abortion statewide.”

And Northrup said her group was “committed to standing with Texas health care providers, Texas women, and our partners in taking every necessary step to end this emergency and restore the essential health care that has been unconstitutionally stripped away.”

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