Texas Women who filed a lawsuit alleging that they were denied abortions despite significant health risks are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday as legal challenges to abortion restrictions across the US continue a year after Roe Wade was overturned.
According to the Centre for Reproductive Rights, who is representing them, the Texas case is thought to be the first launched by women who were denied abortions since the right to an abortion in the United States was abolished.
One of the harshest abortion laws in the nation is not being overturned in the case before a Texas court in Austin.
Instead, the ladies claim they were told they could not end their pregnancies despite the fact that their lives and health were in risk, and the lawsuit asks the court for clarification on when exceptions are permitted in Texas.
One mother had to carry her kid for months even though she was missing most of her skull because she knew she would have to bury her daughter soon after she was born.
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After doctors advised an abortion, some people had to fly out of state to receive treatment for pregnancy-related issues.
Texas medical professionals who conduct abortions run the prospect of being sentenced to life in prison and fines of up to $100,000, leaving many women with doctors who won’t even broach the subject.
The plaintiffs stated in court documents this month that even if they perform an abortion they feel complies with the bans’ limited exceptions, they still run the risk of having the rules applied against them.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office, which is defending the state’s ban, has maintained that the women lack the legal capacity to file a lawsuit and refuted claims made by physicians who claimed they were perplexed by the wording of the legislation.