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Following Wednesday's announcement that the U.S. District Court for the Western District of TX granted a preliminary injunction (PI) requested by the U.S. Department of Justice to block enforcement of TX' 6-week abortion ban, S.B. 8., PP affiliates in TX released the following statement.
Joint Statement from Jeffrey Hons, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood South Texas; Melaney A. Linton, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and Ken Lambrecht, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas:
“This legal victory is an important first step toward restoring abortion access in Texas, but the fight is not over. The state has already appealed this ruling and we don’t know if or when this injunction could be lifted, and the law could be back in effect.
“People seeking an abortion should call our health centers so we can discuss their options. Even before S.B. 8, Texas made it as hard as possible to get an abortion, including forcing patients to undergo state-mandated “informed consent” visits and 24-hour waiting periods for most patients before their actual abortion appointments. We are regularly assessing what’s possible during this period of uncertainty but, given the state's appeal, our health centers may not have the days or even weeks it could take to navigate new patients through Texas’s onerous abortion restrictions.
“Abortion rights for people in Texas will not be fully restored until S.B. 8 is completely struck down, and we are doing everything we can to make sure that happens. We will continue fighting this ban in court until we are certain patients’ ability to access care is protected.”
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Insider: Why getting an abortion before 6 weeks of pregnancy is almost ‘impossible’
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Insider: A 13-year-old who was raped by her grandfather traveled hours across Texas to get an abortion. She wouldn't have been able to under the state's new 6-week ban.
“When I was 18, I found myself trapped in an abusive relationship, and I unexpectedly became pregnant as a freshman in college. The pregnancy caused my partner to become even more abusive, and my family believed he might seriously injure or even kill me. One night, he drove me out to the middle of nowhere and put a gun to my head.
I knew I couldn’t stay pregnant, and I chose to get an abortion. I knew then that it was the right choice for me, and I’ve never regretted it. I traveled over an hour to Houston to access abortion at Planned Parenthood. It was simple, safe, and life-changing in only the best ways. I felt in control of my life for the first time since I began the relationship with my abuser, and I finally found the courage to end it. Continuing the pregnancy would have meant that my abuser would be a constant fixture in my life, and, because the escalating abuse could have been fatal, I truly believe that my abortion is the reason I am alive today.
My abortion allowed me to finally escape my abusive relationship, finish university in four years, begin a now 15-year career, and find a new, healthy relationship with a loving partner.
I was past 6 weeks pregnant when I had my abortion, so if SB 8 had been law at that time, I might not be here today to tell this story. And accessing abortion has become even more difficult today than it was then. Everyone deserves the same basic respect of being trusted to make their own private medical decisions, in the simplest possible way, just like I did.”
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