Pay Attention to What’s Happening In Texas.

Once again, reproductive rights are under threat.

Lauren Elizabeth

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From the moment that the Roe vs. Wade ruling was handed down over 50 years ago, the right wing has been plotting and thinking of ways to destroy it. They spent decade after decade organizing, voting, and maintaining patience until their opportunity came and when it did, they seized it. Since the hard right wing supreme court recently overturned the ruling, reproductive rights have been under constant attack across the country. With the way today’s news cycle works and the overloading of information we’re bombarded with, it feels as though at times we tend to forget that they’re not stopping.

Right now, we should probably be paying attention to Texas.

Ashley Killough, Ed Lavandera, Alaa Elassar and Taylor Romine with CNN write:

“The Texas Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a pregnant woman from obtaining an emergency abortion in a ruling issued late Friday.

The court froze a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed Kate Cox, who sued the state seeking a court-ordered abortion, to obtain the procedure. “Without regard to the merits, the Court administratively stays the district court’s December 7, 2023 order,” the order states.

The court noted the case would remain pending before them but did not include any timeline on when a full ruling might be issued. Cox is 20 weeks pregnant. Her unborn baby was diagnosed with a fatal genetic condition and she says complications in her pregnancy are putting her health at risk…”

I don’t care where you live in the United States.

This is what the right wing is after. This is what the so called “pro life” movement is hoping to accomplish all across the country. What Kate Cox is going through right now is going to become the norm. They’re bound and determined to make sure of it.

Put yourself in Kate’s shoes. Imagine knowing the fetus inside you has a fatal genetic condition and then complications of the pregnancy are putting your health at risk on top of it. Imagine being told by the state that none of that matters, and abortion won’t even be an option for you. Imagine being at your most vulnerable, and the state telling you that you have absolutely no say over what happens to your body.

If the right wing genuinely valued life at all, wouldn’t they value Kate’s?

But that’s never what it’s been about. This is about control. The right wing is more than willing to risk Kate’s long term health if it means that she has no control whatsoever over her bodily autonomy. They do not care, so long as they have the power.

Don’t ever let them even attempt to suggest otherwise.

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx