Schakowsky Statement on Texas Abortion Ban
EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus’ Providers and Clinics Task Force, issued a statement following the news of Texas’ shameful “Heartbeat” abortion ban and the Supreme Court’s refusal to stop it from going into effect:
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the cruel and discriminatory enactment of Texas’s ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban. Texas now has the most extreme abortion ban in the country. It bans abortion at just six weeks – before most people even know that they are pregnant. The law even has a ‘sue thy neighbor’ provision, meaning that people who help or intend to help someone get an abortion after six weeks can be sued. The cruelty is the point.
“This CANNOT stand. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans support a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. This is a pro-choice nation.
“Texas’ new law is harmful, discriminatory, and dangerous. The U.S. Supreme Court had an opportunity to step in before the ban took effect, and they did not. This current U.S. Supreme Court will continue to chip away at the decades of progress we’ve made on reproductive rights and other health care, climate change, gun violence, voting rights, and other critical issues. This is why we MUST act in Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify Roe v. Wade and The Judiciary Act to rebalance the U.S. Supreme Court by expanding the bench to 13 Justices.
“This heinous action by the Texas state legislature and the U.S. Supreme Court goes so far beyond reproductive rights. This affects everyone’s civil and human rights in the United States. I remember the stories of friends and family, incredible women and girls, who were forced to turn to dangerous measures to obtain an abortion before Roe. For some of us, they are more than just stories. And I will say this: Women in the United States are NOT going back. Women are NOT going to give up their most fundamental right, their right to bodily autonomy and ability access a safe and legal abortion. Now, more than ever, we must be vigilant, and we must fight to ensure the protection of people’s sexual and reproductive rights.”
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