Statistics show the year before Roe v. Wade was overturned, more than 50,000 abortions were performed legally in Texas. After the decision, 44 were performed due to medical emergency.
“Protection for unborn babies should continue. This includes babies with a disability or fatal diagnosis in utero,” Texas Alliance for Life Amy O’Donnell said.
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The lawsuit is asking the court to clarify Texas’ abortion laws, alleging the vague language leaves doctors unable or unwilling to administer abortion care, forcing patients to seek treatment out of state or wait until their lives are in danger.
“While there are technically medical exceptions to the bans, no one knows what it means and the state won’t tell us,” Center for Reproductive Rights Molly Duane said.