Despite all the efforts made by Texas Republicans to keep women in the state from having access to healthcare, there is some good news. Last week, a federal district court ordered the state to halt the enforcement of a new law that would have removed Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program.
The judge said, “The record demonstrates that plaintiffs currently provide a critical component of Texas’ family-planning services to low-income women’. The court is unconvinced that Texas will be able to find substitute providers for these women in the immediate future, despite its stated intention to do so.”
This is great news for the women of Texas, because it means that they will still have access to life saving cancer screenings, to family planning assistance, and yes, to abortion services. But of course, the fight isn’t over.
The Texas legislature has made it clear that this setback won’t stop them in their fight to politicize women’s healthcare, and this ruling does nothing to repeal the horrific draconian measures of shaming and humiliation that Texas now imposes on any woman seeking an abortion.
It’s good news, but the fight in Texas for reproductive autonomy is far from over.
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