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The Anti-Abortion Bill You Aren’t Hearing About

Rebecca Cokley explains how a Texas anti-abortion bill—which removes an exemption that allows abortion after 20 weeks if there is a "severe fetal abnormality"—amounts to another assault on women's bodily autonomy.

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  • Rebecca Cokley

As the country has anxiously watched extreme and dangerous anti-abortion bills pop up in Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio, another threat has received far less attention. Earlier this month, the Texas Senate passed SB 1033, which would remove the exemption allowing abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy when there is “severe fetal abnormality.” And it prohibits what the anti-choice lawmakers call “discriminatory abortion”: That means when a person receives information that the fetus they are carrying has a genetic condition—such as Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, dwarfism, or other mutations—they could not seek an abortion on the grounds of that diagnosis. While being framed as “saving those poor defenseless disabled babies,” the reality is that this is just one more assault on people’s bodies.

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Rebecca Cokley

Director, Disability Justice Initiative