Two years ago today, we woke up to watch the SCOTUS blog and find out whether or not we'd be getting a decision from the Supreme Court regarding the Texas laws that shut down so many of our abortion clinics.When the court ruling came down not only striking down the law, but setting new precedent regarding how states can use the "women's health and safety" argument when defending their anti-abortion restrictions, we rejoiced. It was a great day to be an advocate for abortion access in Texas.
Two years later, the victory remains, but it's complicated. It's complicated by the fact that we still have no clinics in our Panhandle region, and about 1/3 of TEA Fund callers still live hundreds of miles from the nearest provider. It's complicated by the SCOTUS decisions this year -- upholding the oppression of Texan's voting rights, the Muslim travel ban, and the lies and deceptions of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. We always knew that the march toward justice was a relay, not a sprint, but on this two-year anniversary of the decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt that gave so much hope to our reproductive health, rights, and justice movements, it's hard not to feel disheartened by all that we see happening in our communities today.
But the fight continues. TEA Fund will continue to be here, working for abortion access and reproductive justice in northern Texas for as long as it takes. We're going to keep funding abortion, talking about how abortion access is part of a larger vision for true bodily autonomy and reproductive decision making, and showing up for the fight to ensure that all people can make the decisions that are best for themselves free from economic, racial, or gender oppression and in love, security, respect, and dignity. It's a tall order. But it's the right thing to do. It's why we're back in court, suing to strike down an entire group of bad Texas abortion restrictions that have created in some cases insurmountable barriers to reproductive freedom.