Earlier this summer, Texas passed a horrible set of anti-abortion laws and Planned Parenthood is not going to let them get away with it.
The women’s health organization is taking Taxes to court with a new lawsuit that argues SB8 imposes “an undue burden” on women attempting to access their constitutional right to an abortion.
What’s in the Bill?
In early June the Texas governor signed into law SB8, which had four main points: (1) requires abortion/fetal remains to be cremated or buried, (2) bans the donation of fetal tissue to research/science/etc., (3) bans D&X abortions, and (4) bans D&E abortions. It’s worth noting that both the ban on the donation of fetal tissue and the ban on D&X abortions are already in place in Texas, so it’s pretty redundant. The new elements are the requirement that the abortion remains be buried — aka an attempt to guilt the woman seeking an abortion — and the ban on D&X abortions, which are commonly used in the second trimester.
What’s the Lawsuit?
Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit is specifically targeting the last point of the bill: the ban on D&X abortions. These types of abortions are the safest option for abortions past 12 weeks and include dilation of the cervix in order for the doctor to remove the fetus. With this option banned, those seeking an abortion after 12 weeks are left with two very risky options: to go under the knife or to try and deliver the fetus right away.
Director of Texas’ Whole Women’s Health (an abortion provider) Bhavik Kumar told The Current,
“The complication rates associated with the alternatives are much, much higher.”
In other words, lawmakers are infringing on women’s rights to a safe abortion by forcing them to take drastic and dangerous measures.
Whole Woman’s Health is also named as a plaintiff, along with Planned Parenthood, for the lawsuit. The lawsuit states,
“The ban on D & E threatens the health of Plaintiffs’ patients and their access to abortion care, subjects Plaintiffs to criminal penalties, and violates Plaintiffs’ patients’ constitutional rights. Specifically, a ban on D & E procedures imposes an undue burden on women seeking second-trimester abortions.”
The lawsuit was filed in the federal district court.