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How Texas' abortion law 'traps' pregnant teenagers

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16.09.2021

Among the women victimized by the state of Texas’ malevolent new anti-abortion statute, teenagers facing an unwanted pregnancy may possibly be hurt the most.

As explained by Michelle Goldberg, writing for the New York Times, Greg Abbott and his Republican cronies in the Texas state legislature had already made it extremely difficult for young people to terminate a pregnancy, whether it was caused by rape, incest, or any other reason. Now, as a practical matter, and following this month’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing that law to go into effect, it’s next to impossible.

In Texas, teenagers who need abortions must get their parents’ consent, but for many young people, that’s not an option. Maybe they’re in foster care, or they’re unaccompanied minors in immigration detention, in which case the government has legal authority over them. Maybe their parents are abusive, or adamantly opposed to abortion.

In their fulsome generosity and concern for women, Texas Republicans provided a narrow loophole for such teenagers: if they could prostrate themselves before a leering, scornful Texas judge and somehow satisfy him or her that they were “mature” enough to make such a decision, the judge may—may!—dispense a waiver magnanimously permitting such a young woman to control her own body.

Did I say “generosity and concern?” I’m sorry, I misspoke.........

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