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Outrageous and dangerous abortion ban in Texas

The outrageous Texas ban on abortion is a dangerous and unconstitutional attack on reproductive health care and the right of women to make their own decisions about whether and when to bear a child.

This assault on women essentially bans abortion at six weeks—before many people even know they are pregnant. The law makes no exceptions for rape, sexual abuse, or incest. It allows random strangers – any number of them – to sue anyone who "aids and abets" an abortion, and each could impose a $10,000 fine. It's not just health care providers who are targeted; a ride-share driver could be sued for transporting someone to a women's health center or a clinic's office assistant could be sued for providing information.

And it means that women can no longer get an abortion in Texas.

As a woman who lived through the dangerous days before Roe v. Wade, I know that banning abortion doesn't stop abortion; it makes it less safe. And because wealthy women can find a way to get to another state where safe abortion is available, it disproportionately harms low-income women and women of color.

This nightmare is happening because the Supreme Court refused to block the outrageous Texas law. Their next step is to review a case that would directly weaken or even overturn Roe v. Wade. The consequences could be felt nationwide.

The Supreme Court did not protect us this time, and the future feels very uncertain.

Now Congress must send a strong message and restore reproductive freedom by securing the right to abortion in law. And it's up to each of us to carry on the fight however we can. Let's keep these bans off our bodies.

Thank you for standing with me,

Suzanne Bonamici

Posted on September 2, 2021.

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Meet Suzanne

Suzanne knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. She worked her way through community college, university, and law school. She started her career at Legal Aid and worked as a consumer rights attorney. Throughout her career she’s been a leading advocate for public education, protecting the environment, and civil rights. She’s fighting for a better future for all Oregonians.

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