In the dead of night last night, the Supreme Court did something monumental: nothing. As the draconian Texas abortion ban on abortions past 6 weeks was scheduled to go info effect at midnight CST, activists were awaiting the Supreme Court to act on a stay of the bill. But. Crickets. Cowardly crickets. Maybe they were having BEER BEER BEER with Kavanaugh.
The inaction of the Supreme Court allowed the bill to take effect. Last night abortion clinics in Texas were performing abortions on patients up until the midnight deadline. And the clinics were packed. Today, the clinics and abortion rights activists are scrambling to figure out what next.
The law now bans abortions in Texas past 5 weeks 6 days, before most women even know they are pregnant. It also has a creepy side hustle. Citizens can report people who allegedly break the law and possibly get legal fees and $10,000 in busybody grifting fees. Here is more on the specifics of the law: What the Texas Abortion Ban Does from NPR
Meanwhile clinics in Texas are putting the following notices on their websites:
Houston Women’s Reproductive Services
URGENT NOTICE: Abortion is still legal and available in Texas. Effective Sept 1, 2021 our facility is in compliance with a new law called “Senate Bill 8”.
What does this mean for you? We can not provide abortion services to anyone 6 weeks or more from their last menstrual period.
Please contact our office to learn more about this outrageous law and your options.
If you want to complain or voice your opinion about this law contact:
Governor Abbott www.gov.texas.gov online opinion
1-800-843-5789 or 512-463-2000
Houston Women’s Clinic
Beginning on September 1, 2021, the State of Texas has banned abortions after very early in pregnancy. Abortion is still legal in as long as it’s early in pregnancy, and we can help you determine if you are able to have an abortion in Texas under this new law. We are in court fighting this unconstitutional ban, but in the meantime, we encourage you to schedule your appointment as early as possible. We can help you seek financial assistance for your care.
Southwestern Women’s Center
In compliance with Texas Senate Bill 8 of 2021, starting on September 1st 2021, our facility cannot provide abortions to patients with detectible embryonic or fetal cardiac activity, which typically starts at 6 weeks LMP. Please call us to discuss your options.
While you still can, go here to find an abortion clinic near you:
Abortion Clinics OnLine
Abortion Care Network
National Abortion Federation
Shit just got real folks.