As many are aware, we have spent the last few years ping-ponging back and forth between local courts and the regional Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals fighting against the onerous HB2. Currently many abortion clinics in Texas are only open through the grace of the Supreme Court, who placed a hold on select provisions of the law. This has prevented the provisions from taking effect and has also lead to a TRAP purgatory of sorts – one in which we are both thankful for the ability to care for our patients but also spend our days in uncertainty.
Last month we petitioned SCOTUS to set a date and end this battle. On behalf of clinics in besieged states across the US, we want to know what specifically constitutes as undue burden and why aren’t lawmakers required to provide factual evidence to support their claim that these laws preserve the ‘health and safety of women’ when all research points to the contrary.
Any day now we are expecting to hear from the Supreme Court as to whether they will take our case, Whole Woman’s Health vs. Cole. If they do and we win – states would no longer be able to pass legislation requiring clinics and people seeking abortion care to jump through flaming hoops of
bullsh*t nonsense in order to provide and access healthcare.
If the Supreme Court announces that they do not wish to hear the case, or if they do hear the case and we lose, the laws would go into effect immediately in Texas, forcing all but a handful of clinics to shut down and we would see an immediate tidal wave of similar, possibly more restrictive anti-abortion laws flood the rest of the country.
These options would majorly change how abortion care is provided and accessed in this country, and here at Whole Woman’s Health we are definitely feeling that pressure.
We’ve bitten our nails down to the bone over the last week, knowing that each day could bring a potential announcement.
At work, it’s difficult to focus..
Everything feels like such a struggle.
We hate to admit it, but sometimes it’s just hard to keep it together.
We find ourselves obsessively refreshing the SCOTUS blog for updates.
It’s hard not to feel like this little duck family – they just want to cross the street and we just want to provide constitutionally protected, essential health care services.
But until the decision to hear our case is announced, we will continue to float in metaphorical space just like this astronaut dog floating in actual space.
And if SCOTUS chooses not to hear our case, forcing mass clinic shutdowns and a resulting wave of harmful trap laws this will basically be us:
But they wouldn’t… they have to take the case… right?
It would be silly not to. There is too much at stake, obviously.
But seriously, the suspense.
And the anti-choice arguments that these restrictions are to protect health and safety of women
is total garbage just doesn’t cut it when you stack up the evidence.
It’s exhausting – explaining to people that fancy buzz words that look good on paper, like ‘ambulatory surgical center’ and ‘admitting privileges’ actually decrease the quality of care and make it more difficult to operate.
But if the announcement is made that we’ll be going to the highest court in the land, you can be confident that we’ll bring our Cookie-approved A-game to DC.
And if we win, we’ll have a hard time holding in our excitement.
Until then we’ll be crossing our fingers that a hopeful announcement will come in the next few days..