“Should Ohio adopt a total abortion ban, it would utterly dismantle abortion access in the state,” she continued. “This law would mean that patients would have to pull together at least hundreds of dollars, be away from home ― possibly for days ― take time off of work, arrange childcare, and travel significant distances to get the abortion. Not surprisingly, this would be an insurmountable burden for many, particularly those facing systemic oppression including those with low incomes, people of color and LGBTQ individuals.”
Reproductive rights advocates warned when Texas’ S.B. 8 passed that it would likely inspire copycat legislation in other red states. And they were right: At least 10 other states are working to pass a Texas-style abortion restriction, including Arizona, Georgia, Indiana and Missouri.
“These bills will crush democracy, not just for women ― they will crush democracy for all Americans,” Jackson Lee told HuffPost. “Women are fleeing Texas now, and poor women, women of color cannot flee ― they don’t have the resources to flee. So what are we turning America back to? A bunch of back alley [abortions] where women and girls are forced to go to rather than to go to their provider, their religious leader or their family?”
“When Texas passed Senate Bill 8, we rang the alarm that these dangerous bills would spread,” Garcia, the Democratic Women’s Caucus vice chair, told HuffPost. “Now, even more extreme abortion bans like the one in Ohio are joining the all-out attack on women’s reproductive freedom. All the while, SCOTUS has refused to block the implementation of these bills.”
Abortion rights advocates have continued to vocalize their support for the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) in response to Texas’ S.B. 8 and other copycat bills. The bill aims to protect the right to abortion by preventing states from imposing restrictions on abortion that make it harder for pregnant people to access care.