Every Day it Gets Harder to be a Woman in Texas

Texas is not the only state actively making life harder for the women who live there, but Texas lawmakers have been particularly diligent and creative about the ways they ruin women’s lives, and every day there’s more evidence of the state’s anti-women record.

At the end of May, state lawmakers decided they didn’t need to bother allocating $3 million in funding to help sex trafficking victims. Fortunately, that strategy of passing empty and meaningless laws without the resources to enforce them is working so well–that is, as long as you ignore the 80,000 child sex-trafficking victims in the state, which they have.

Texas has also campaigned tirelessly to shutter Planned Parenthood locations, with predictably disastrous results. In 2011, the state cut funding for family planning from $111 million to $38 million in order to shut down Planned Parenthoods. However, two-thirds of the 82 clinics that had to close due to the cut were not even Planned Parenthoods. As a result, many women lost critical access to not only contraception and abortions, but also cancer screenings, prenatal care and STD tests.

Texas now has some of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the states, thanks to reduced access to contraceptives and terrible sex ed laws. Every year, 35,000 teen girls get pregnant in Texas. Clearly, Texas’ iron grip on birth control and sexual health information is not protecting girls; it’s limiting their choices and their futures.

That is, if they even live to see that future.

In just a four year period between 2010 and 2014, the maternal mortality rate doubled in Texas. The U.S. is the only developed country where maternal deaths have increased in recent years, but the situation in Texas is especially deadly. More than 600 women died from pregnancy-related causes in just four years, “making it the most dangerous place to be pregnant and give birth in the entire developed world.”

But lawmakers, unfazed by this, just keep pushing their anti-abortion legislation. Just this week, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 8, which effectively bans abortion after 13 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. It also requires women to bury the remains of their aborted fetuses. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, figures now show that almost a quarter of a million Texas women have tried DIY abortions.

The situation is so bad that in March, women in Texas protested by wearing Handmaid’s Tale robes on the Senate floor, which really doesn’t seem so inappropriate–because it’s not like women are the ones making the majority of these decisions.

Out of 31 state Senators, only eight are women. There are only 29 female state Representatives out of a total 150. That means only 20 percent of Texas state legislators are women. Should a group that’s four-fifths male really be regulating women’s bodies? No, of course not. But they’re doing a whole hell of a lot regulating anyway, and maybe Texans should keep that in mind the next time local elections take place.

Women in Texas are literally dying because of the state’s Gilead-like policies. Lack of access to basic healthcare, abortion restriction and poor maternal care have all contributed to the deaths of Texan woman and directly result from anti-woman legislation. Texans, haven’t you had enough?

Photo Credit: Ricardo Alves.

86 comments

Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Melania P
Melania P6 months ago

So sad, what the hell? This is the 21st century; I am so sick of all of the abuses to women, until when? So many centuries of suffering!!!

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Jerome S
Jerome S8 months ago

thanks

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Veronica B
Veronica B8 months ago

What's Wrong With This people???

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natasha s
Past Member 8 months ago

Why continue living there. There's so many greater places in the US. MOVE.

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iloshechka A
iloshechka A8 months ago

many thanks

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Michelle Spradley
Michelle Spradley8 months ago

This is only an issue because sex has become the new way to get to know someone, rather than being a covenant for a serious and lifelong relationship after you have spent time getting to know the other person.

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ali a
ali a8 months ago

Seems, the whole south east is that way. Sad but, if you have enough people, you can move a mountain.

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Jerome S
Jerome S8 months ago

thanks

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Will R
Will Rogers8 months ago

Why aren't women in America out in the streets rioting? They will give you what you want if you riot quicker than the will if you vote, the powers that be want you to be peaceful so they can continue to treat you like shit. There was many reasons why the suffragettes moved away from marching like innefectual robots to direct action. 100 years of marching didn't accomplish what 2 years of direct action did!

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