Texas’ right wing establishment has waged war on abortion and abortion providers for many years. In 2013, Texas HB 2 closed 23 abortion clinics and led to an 11 hour filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis and mass occupation of the state capital by pro-choice protestors. Earlier this year, the passage of SB 8 put bounties on anyone associated with providing an abortion. Texas abortion providers have already been preparing for escalated legal action and criminalization of the practice. Now with the likely overturning of Roe vs. Wade, that is becoming more real.
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Bob and Scott host Candice Bernd (@candicebernd), Senior Editor and Reporter at Truthout, about her new article “Texas Abortion Funds Work to Reduce Looming Harms of Post-“Roe” Criminalization.”
We discuss the recent history of Texas’ war against abortion. What providers are doing to support those needing it. How local pro-choice politicians are dealing with state and federal repression. And the inevitable right wing backlash.
Candice Bernd is senior editor/staff reporter at Truthout. Her work has also appeared in several other publications, including The Nation, In These Times, the Texas Observer, Salon, Rewire News Group, Sludge, YES! Magazine and Earth Island Journal. Her work has received awards from the San Francisco Press Club, the Fort Worth chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, the Native American Journalists Association, and the Dallas Peace and Justice Center.