2022-08-26 12:25:33

Trigger Laws Make Abortion Off Limits for Millions; Patients Face "Intolerable" Risk & Uncertainty

Millions of pregnant people in the United States have now lost access to abortion in their state since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Anti-abortion "trigger laws" have gone into effect in numerous states across the country, including Texas, where it became a felony to perform an abortion starting Thursday,​​ punishable by up to life in prison. We speak to Dr. Bhavik Kumar, a Texas-based abortion provider, and Mini Timmaraju, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, about how doctors are navigating the legal environment after the end of Roe v. Wade. "What I've seen over the last seven years of providing abortion care in Texas is that politics has found its way into my exam room, into my health center. It's soaked its way into everything I do as a healthcare provider," says Kumar, who adds that conservative politicians have attacked both abortion and trans healthcare in similar ways. Meanwhile, Timmaraju says even anti-abortion laws that allow abortion under extreme circumstances undercut bodily autonomy by leaving life in the hands of a panel of judges or hospital staff. "It's an absolutely intolerable way to manage reproductive healthcare in this country," she says.

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