It has not yet been 50 years since women were able to open a bank account without a male cosigner or since Senate Bill 8, the US Supreme Court has failed to protect the rights and bodily autonomy of all persons in .was passed in 1973 ensuring women the right to safe and legal . However, by refusing to halt the implementation of Texas’s anti- law,
Addressing the Fragile Limits of Female Autonomy
As written, the law allows private individuals to pursue legal action against anyone suspected of assisting an fetal heartbeat is detectable, which is generally agreed to be around the sixth week of . According to the Guttmacher Institute, prior to the enforcement of ’ new anti- law, while there were barriers to dissuade or prevent women from having , no state directly forbade the procedure before the 20-week mark.past when a
However, the lack of judicial deterrence against the newlaw indicated trends moving forward that will severely curtail women’s bodily autonomy and ability to make personal health decisions.
Globally, 36% of countries allow gestational limit across these countries is 12 weeks — far less than US national regulations and the typical viability of a but twice the allowance for women under the new law.upon request, including the United States. The most common
In 85% and 90% of women who obtain are at least six weeks into their , meaning that the new law will effectively nullify the vast majority of in the state. As is the second-largest US state after California, its more than 29 million inhabitants making up approximately 8.8% of the total US population as of 2020, around 7 million Texans are directly affected by the new legislation., it is estimated that between
Additionally, due to the implementation of S.B. 8, the distance for a woman who is over six weeks 12 miles to 248 miles. While clinics that provide , such as Planned Parenthood, remain open, they are preemptively turning away patients that are over the six-week mark in order to protect themselves from lawsuits.to find services has increased from
One bright spot amid restraining order issued by a local District Court that prevents the organization Right to Life and its associates from suing providers and health care workers.’ new “sue thy neighbor” law was the temporary
While S.B. 8 doesn’t criminalize Oklahoma’s anti-abortion bill that is due to take effect on November 1, will. As currently written, the Oklahoma law would make any person who performs or induces an on a woman without first testing for embryotic cardiac activity guilty of homicide., upcoming laws, including
This bears a passing resemblance to the strict anti-Articles 256 through 259 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, which allow for the imprisonment of women and anyone who would assist them in conducting an . These laws have lead a World Health Organization study to declare the reduction of safe options as one of three key challenges for , accounting for up to 20% of maternal deaths in the Philippines.
If legalin the US is further restricted, Americans should expect to see upticks in death rates of women and people who can become , particularly among the most vulnerable and poor populations in areas that severely restrict .
In comparison to a wave of anti-Europe, other nations have been working to decriminalize . After a decades-long struggle, was decriminalized in South Korea on January 1 this year. Most recently, on September 7, Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to punish as a crime, which will provide a path for the legalization of the procedure across the country.laws in the United States and
However, in both countries laws to facilitateprocedural processes remain nebulous, and Mexico is likely to face future internal resistance as only three states and Mexico City previously allowed on request.
By failing to halt the implementation of S.B. 8, the announced it would protect women who seek under the new Texan law and sued the state on September 9, the immediate increase in fear, repression and the inevitable long-term negative impacts among both patients and health care providers cannot be understated.government and the Supreme Court have paved the way for further restrictions on and the oppression of women. While the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland,
The Supreme Court is expected to hear several other anti-case of Dobbs v. Jackson Organization in Mississippi, which is attempting to ban all beyond 15 weeks. If the Supreme Court decides in favor of the law, as it is expected to, experts like Ian Millhiser believe it will lead to the overturn of and the dissolution of the right to in the United States.laws in the upcoming year, most critically the
In turn, this could dismantle the national right to, and activists fear there will be no protection against further disenfranchisement of the rights and bodily autonomy of all individuals.
In opposing this,rights advocates like Kathryn Kolbert of the Center for Reproductive Rights emphasize the need to turn to the legislative process, win elections and develop long-term strategies. However, the polarized nature of the American state and the parallel advance of restrictive voting laws means that the future of women’s rights and bodily autonomy in the US remains dim.
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