Senator Ed Markey, abortion advocates fear other states are now looking to emulate Texas
Outside the John Adams Courthouse in Boston, Senator Ed Markey spoke of the hardships Texas women face after a near-total ban on abortions. He added that other states are now looking to emulate Lone Star State’s move.
“States like Mississippi will try to replicate the success of the GOP in Texas unless we decide to expand the tribunal,” Markey said Wednesday.
Markey plans to abolish filibuster and pass legislation to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 seats.
The announcement comes after the United States Supreme Court failed to block a Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks.
The Judiciary Act of 2021, in addition to Markey, is co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Hank Johnson of Georgia and Mondaire Jones of New York.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not announced plans to talk about it, but said she plans to introduce legislation that would codify Roe v. Protections. Wade.
Roe v. Wade, was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision in which the court ruled that the Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s freedom to choose to abort without undue government restriction.
“People are afraid and confused. This law does not meet medical standards and does not provide any exceptions for rape or incest, ”said Jennifer Childs-Roshak, CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. “Health centers are inundated with calls. While people are trying to figure out where to turn for care. “
She said people have to travel hundreds of miles to seek out-of-state care, time off work, arrange childcare and transportation.
“Friends, families, neighbors are terrified of being sued for providing support or even providing a ride,” Childs-Roshak said.
The law allows individuals sue abortion providers and anyone else who helps a woman get an abortion. This includes those who accompany a woman to a clinic or provide financial assistance to obtain an abortion. The private citizens who bring these lawsuits do not need to show any connection with those they are prosecuting.
Outside the Boston courthouse, the senator was joined by Childs-Roshak; Rebecca Hart Holder, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice MA; Carol Deanow, leader of “The Bad Old Days Posse” and Lindsay Sabadosa, representative for the State of Massachusetts.
“We have to fight city by city, state by state to ensure that people can still access abortion care in Texas. We will continue to fight in Massachusetts courts. We will continue to improve equitable access to care and nationally, we will mobilize to protect access to abortion through the Women’s Health Protection Act, ”said Childs- Roshak. “No one’s personal decisions should be controlled by politicians, neighbors, complete strangers or anyone else. “
Markey and the other speakers raised concerns about those most at risk from the Supreme Court’s inaction.
Markey said many Americans have lost faith in the justice system and its neutrality in the justice system. He added that it is people of color, women and immigrant communities who are most at risk.
“We know that abortion restrictions massively affect communities of color,” Markey said. “Their neighborhoods are the ones targeted by abortion clinic closures, access restrictions and more. They are in the crosshairs of this movement that comes from Texas.
According to The Texas Tribune, areas like Dallas County are seeing a growing division in the economic opportunities available to its residents, who are much more likely to be people of color.
Black and Hispanic residents of Dallas make up about 68% of the city. And about 83% of those living in poverty in Dallas are either black or Hispanic, according to U.S. Communities Survey Data.
“We know that due to our uneven economy, where many people of color work in professions that do not offer paid family and medical leave, if a person of color has to travel for an abortion, their pay and their costs. work could be in danger.
We are at a crossroads in the history of our country, warned Markey. According to the senator, the Supreme Court has an “extreme right-wing agenda” and could have far-reaching implications for the protection of people in other states.
“The Supreme Court gave us no choice,” said Markey. “We are going to have to fight for our rights, as we always have.”
However, that was not always Markey’s argument. When Markey ran for Congress in 1976 with the support of anti-abortion groups, he voted for anti-abortion legislation for several years until 1983, just before running for the vacant seat of Paul Tsongas in the Senate.
the Boston Globe published an article in 2013 about his shift in perspective which then became pro-choice.
“I was making a personal decision on what I thought was the right thing to do,” Markey said at the time. “I didn’t think of it in a context other than one where I felt uncomfortable with the way I voted.”