Activists say Texas anti-abortion law shows ‘terrifying’ fragility of women’s rights

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NEW DELHI Published: Sep 19, 2021, 11:48 AM(IST)

Women protest against Texas abortion law Photograph:( AFP )

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Sarah Shaw, head of advocacy at MSI Reproductive choices was quoted by The Guardian as saying, "Even though we have seen little gains here and there, in some places, we can never, ever be complacent because we’re only ever really hanging on to these rights by the skin of our teeth."

The new anti-abortion law in Texas is a “terrifying” reminder of the fragility of hard-won rights, pro-choice activists have said. 
They have also warned of a “more aggressive, much better organised [and] better funded” global opposition movement.

Sarah Shaw, head of advocacy at MSI Reproductive choices was quoted by The Guardian as saying, "Even though we have seen little gains here and there, in some places, we can never, ever be complacent because we’re only ever really hanging on to these rights by the skin of our teeth."

She further said that the Texas law was “really terrifying” because of the emboldening message it sent to other anti-choice governments and organisations.

“This is all happening in the context of a rising, much more aggressive, much better organised, better funded and much more legitimised opposition movement than we’ve ever seen before,” Shaw said.

Also read | Joe Biden lashes out at US supreme court for Texas abortion law

US President Joe Biden has openly condemned the US supreme court for rejecting to ban the abortion law.
Biden said the supreme court judges, all appointed by former President Donald Trump, delivered an assault on a woman’s rights.

"The Supreme Court's ruling overnight is an unprecedented assault on a woman's constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade, which has been the law of the land for almost fifty years," Biden said in a statement. "This (Texas) law is so extreme it does not even allow for exceptions in the case of rape or incest."

Texas abortion law is one of the toughest and most restrictive abortion bans in the US in the past couple of decades.

As per the law, any member of the public from Texas can file a legal complaint against the doctors, health care providers and family members who support a woman in aborting a child after six weeks of the start of her pregnancy.

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