Texas abortion ban

Lana Diab, A&E and Opinion Editor

The recent Texas abortion ban, which was implemented in September, has caused a major controversy and debate on the government’s role in women’s rights. Protests and lawsuits have sparked all over Texas to fight this ban with support from pro-choice politicians, companies, and other objectors.

This ban rules that a woman is not allowed to get an abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy. Anyone who aids a woman with an abortion can be sued by civilians for at least a $10,000 reward, from friends to UBER drivers. The state of Texas also set up a website for people to send in anonymous tips.

The ban does not allow much leeway for pregnant women and many protesters complain that 6 weeks is not enough time to get an abortion, and there are no exceptions in cases of rape or incest. Additionally, this ban highlights the disadvantages women from lower economic classes will deal with: not having the money or the resources to go across state lines as others may have.

However, Texan politicians and supporters of the ban argue that it is the moral stance to have. Governor Greg Abbott plans to address some of the issues this ban creates. For example, in the case of rape, Abbott will attempt to eliminate sexual violence and rape. There is confusion from the opposing side, however, about any definitive plans Abbott has to get rid of these issues.

The ban’s future is inscrutable; the recent halt of the ban by the 5th circuit court of appeals has concluded and the Supreme Court’s say on this matter is yet to be determined. Although no one knows what lies ahead for the ban, the future of abortion rights is uncertain.