No Abortion in Texas

So, it looks like I need to get out of my comfort zone. I usually pull something together once a month on this blog. I have been writing this blog for close to 15 years. I have gotten into a comfortable routine where I write kind of a summary of the month’s activities in one relatively long blog post.

Events have caused me to change my routine. A woman from Texas is pregnant. This in of itself is not news. She has been told by her doctors that her fetus has some sort of defect (trisomy 18) and will not live. As a matter of fact, her doctors told her that carrying this baby to term may endanger her life and, if she survives the ordeal, may impair her ability to ever have children again. She opted for an abortion.

In Texas, abortions have become illegal. Abortions are not kind of illegal. They are seriously illegal in the state of Texas. There are no exceptions. There is no exception for incest. There is no exception for rape. So, this woman decided to petition the court to allow her to have an abortion. A lower court said that she could have the abortion. Immediately, the state Attorney General Ken Paxton stated that any doctor who performed an abortion on this person would be criminally liable and would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. It was only a couple of days later when the Texas Supreme Court overturned the lower court decision and stated that she could not have an abortion in the state of Texas.

I find this whole ordeal extremely infuriating. If you believe in freedom and you believe that women should have the same rights as men, this decision should make you angry, too. This decision is not about protecting children. This decision, this law, is about making women subordinate to men. It is about men telling women what they can and cannot do. This is about rolling the clock back to the 1940s and 1950s when women had to ask their spouse if they could buy a car, if they could buy a house, or if they could get a loan.

If you don’t want an abortion, then do not get one. You do not have the right to force your religious beliefs on other Americans.

This is a medical decision. It should be between a patient and her caring doctor. I’m sorry. If the men would stand up and be responsible, then women would include you in the decision. If you are here today and gone tomorrow, you don’t have any rights. None.

If the Texas GOP cared about children, they would fund Child Care, but they don’t. If they cared about children, then they would fund early childhood education. They don’t care. I hope and pray that the women of Texas are paying attention. The Texas GOP wants you barefoot and pregnant. That’s it.

Elections matter. Remember that Trump appointed 3 Supreme Court Justices who helped overturn Roe vs. Wade. If Roe was still intact, we wouldn’t have this problem. We must fix the Supreme Court. WE MUST!

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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