A new political ad attacking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) shows the terrifying reality of the Lone Star State’s near-total abortion ban.
Mothers Against Greg Abbott, a political action committee, released an ad Thursday that reveals how the state’s near-total abortion ban is affecting not just women but girls. Texas has two laws on the books that effectively ban abortion at any stage of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest and very narrow exceptions for the life of the pregnant person.
The ad aims to depict a very real scenario that Abbott and other Texas Republicans have made possible for millions of little girls in the state.
Abbott is a devout opponent of abortion rights, and his state has led the way in extreme anti-choice legislation. Last year, the state legislature passed Senate Bill 8, the most draconian abortion restriction in U.S. history at the time. S.B. 8 not only bans abortion around the six-week point, it also includes financial incentives for private citizens to seek out and sue anyone who “aids or abets” Texans trying to get the procedure.
After the Supreme Court repealed Roe v. Wade this summer, a trigger ban went into effect in the Lone Star State ― effectively rendering abortion inaccessible for millions of Texans with the capacity for pregnancy.
Here at home, a teenage Florida victim of incest was forced to travel out of state this week for an abortion because of her state’s 15-week ban that makes no exceptions for rape or incest.
The middle school student was refused the procedure in Florida after she was impregnated by a relative.
“The cruelty of forcing a very young person, who has already survived a horrible case of violence, to give birth, it just takes away their rights to bodily autonomy. It is really turning a blind eye to what is happening in our society.”
The unidentified girl had to travel a significant distance to obtain an abortion because Florida and surrounding states have adopted extreme bans in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision revoking the constitutional right to abortion.
.OK ladies. If you care about these things, you will become a one issue voter next month.