AUSTIN, Texas ( Associated Press) — Clinics were shutting down abortion services Saturday in the nation’s second-largest state after the Texas Supreme Court blocked an order allowing the process to restart in some cases. After that, there was a legal scuffle all over America. Roe vs. Wade’s reversal.
Friday night’s decision blocked a three-day-old order from a Houston judge that said clinics could resume abortions up to six weeks into pregnancy. The next day, the American Civil Liberties Union said it doubted any abortions were now being provided in the condition of about 30 million people.
Whole Women’s Health president Amy Hagstrom Miller said the ruling forced abortions to end at four of her Texas clinics, and that activists there were shutting down abortion operations and having “heartbreaking conversations” with those women. whose appointments were cancelled.
Hagstrom Miller said in a statement, “I feel pain for myself and for those who have dedicated their lives to the wonderful abortion care we provide, many who have been denied this right.” Will go.”
Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood in Texas had not resumed abortion services Tuesday, even after the ban was ordered.
The issue was a long-dormant 1925 criminal law that targets individuals seeking abortions. The clinics argued that it was invalid after abortion became a constitutional right across the United States in 1973. However, the US Supreme Court struck down the landmark Roe decision on June 24, leaving abortion policy to the states.
“Victory pro-life! … The litigation continues, but I will continue to win for the unborn children of Texas,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who asked the state’s Supreme Court to intervene.
Separately, Texas has a 2021 law that was designed to ban abortion in case the row is reversed. It takes effect in the coming weeks.
“Extremist politicians are on a crusade to force Texans into pregnancy and childbirth against their will, no matter how disastrous the consequences are,” said ACLU’s Julia Kaye.
Providers and patients across the country are struggling to navigate the evolving legal landscape around abortion laws and access.
In Florida, a law banning abortion after 15 weeks went into effect Friday, the day a judge ruled it a violation of the state’s constitution and said he would sign an order temporarily blocking it next week. The ban could have broader implications in the South, as Florida currently allows more access to the procedure than neighboring states.
Even when women travel to outside states with abortion restrictions, they may have fewer options to terminate their pregnancies because they are more likely to be prosecuted.
Planned Parenthood of Montana this week stopped providing drug abortions to patients living in states with restrictions.
Planned Parenthood North Central State, which offers the procedure in Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska, is telling patients that they should take both pills while in a state that allows abortions.
The use of pills has been the most common way to terminate a pregnancy since 2000, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone, the drug that is the main drug used in abortion. When taken with misoprostol, a medicine that causes womb emptying spasms, it makes the abortion pill.
Also on Friday, the company behind the Internet’s major search engine and the Android software that powers most smartphones said it would automatically purge information about users who visit abortion clinics or other places that might Can potentially trigger legal problems.
In addition to abortion clinics, Google cited counseling centers, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics and cosmetic surgery clinics as destinations that would be erased from location history. Users have always had the option to edit their location history themselves, but now Google will do so for them as an added level of security.
“We are committed to providing strong privacy protections for the people who use our products, and we will continue to explore new ways to strengthen and improve these protections,” Google Senior Vice President Jane Fitzpatrick wrote in a blog post. “
White reported from Detroit.
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