Today a federal judge ruled that the Texas abortion restrictions violate the U.S Constitution. This ruling will keep open dozens of the clinics that were set to close this Tuesday, at least for now. In a decision released today, District Judge Lee Yeakel said that the regulations requiring doctors to have “admitting privileges” at a hospital would create an unnecessary obstacle for women seeking an abortion.

“The admitting-privileges provision of House Bill 2 does not bear a rational relationship to the legitimate right of the state in preserving and promoting fetal life or a woman’s health and, in any event, places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus and is thus an undue burden to her,” he wrote.

 

Yeakel also wrote that although the state can regulate HOW a doctor prescribes an abortion-inducing pill, he said the law does not allow “for a doctor to adjust treatment in order to best protect the health of the woman taking it”, and therefore blocked the provision that would require doctors to follow the FDA protocol for the pills in all instances. This would limit the women seeking medical care from receiving the newest medical advances in that are currently available.

Reading this article made me very excited, because when I first heard of this law months ago I was very concerned about what it meant for the future of women’s health care and right to abortions. Once it actually passed, I was very discouraged and worried that other states would attempt to pass something similar. And considering the fast approaching presidential election next year, I don’t want something like this to be passed as a national law. Women’s rights in one of the main reasons why I am going to vote for Terry McAuliffe, because Cuccinelli’s extreme views are just as troubling to me as this story from Texas. I sincerely believe that abortion, birth control, and other NECESSARY procedures and products for women’s health should not be a political issue. This is for the HEALTH of a HUMAN BEING. I think trying to turn this into a political battle is absolutely ridiculous. Insurance cover penis pumps for God’s sake and you’re trying to tell me you won’t cover a packet of pills? Also the fact that I don’t think people understand that the pill doesn’t just prevent pregnancy, it also helps regulate hormones, which can cause acne, mood swings, and seriously painful and debilitating cramps and other side effects during a woman’s period. 

If the men in politics are going to continue to tell me what to do with my vagina, I would like to respectfully ask that they remove their heads from their asses and learn something about the female anatomy, and what their laws mean for the general health of women in this nation.

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