Media Repeat Junk Science Behind Abortion Ban Laws: Check the Science—There is No Heartbeat at Six Weeks

The inaccuracies of the Texas law, repeated by media across the country, are part of a larger anti-abortion movement strategy to spread misinformation about abortion.

When media uncritically repeat the factually inaccurate and politically charged language of the anti-abortion movement, they create confusion, spread misleading information about abortion, and perpetuate stigma and bias against abortion, endangering women’s health and lives.

Supreme Court Allows Texas’s “Radical” Six Week Ban to Stand, Leaving Abortion Advocates Stunned

Reproductive rights advocates, health care providers and lawmakers blasted the Court’s decision to allow Texas’ extreme six week abortion ban to go into effect, and not intervene.

“This should send chills down the spine of everyone in this country who cares about the constitution,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

The Texas Abortion Ban Is History Revisited

Aspects of Texas’s new six-week abortion law are eerily reminiscent of the Fugitive Slave Acts, which traumatized Black people for fear of being tracked, stalked and charged with violating the codes of slavery.

Texas has stepped into a dangerous zone that not only undermines the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy—but now calls for the worst in citizen action. 

Texas Lawmakers Achieved the Impossible: A Near-Total Ban on Abortion. Here’s How Feminists Are Fighting Back

While many states have come close, Texas on Wednesday achieved something no other state has: the banning of abortion at just six weeks gestation. The mood among reproductive activists and feminists is fraught with fear, worry and rage.

“It’s devastating for many families across the state,” Dyana Limon-Mercado, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, told Ms. during an abortion rights demonstration at the Texas Capitol on Wednesday.

Educating Texans on How to Get Abortion Pills Online: “Your Nearest Provider Is In Your Pocket”

Before the six-week abortion ban takes effect on Wednesday, abortion pill advocacy group Plan C and Progress Texas drove a mobile billboard truck around West Texas for three days to educate people about how they can access abortion pills online.

“We went on an abortion road trip to let people know that you don’t need to go on a road trip anymore to get an abortion.”

Youth Activists in Texas Fight Back Against Assault on Abortion Access

In response to coordinated attacks on abortion in Texas, youth activists are fighting back.

“It’s really overwhelming to get an abortion in Texas,” said Kat Tsvetkova, a member of the Buckle Bunnies Fund, a queer- and youth-led mutual aid abortion fund. “A lot of organizers here in Texas, myself included, want to ensure that people still get access to the care that they need, regardless if it’s during a pandemic or not, and especially in Texas. We’re here to assist with anything that they need, and help people access abortion safely and effectively.”

Texas Has Officially Banned Most Abortions

On September 1, an unconscionably cruel abortion ban (S.B. 8) is set to go into effect in Texas.

This law is part of a three-pronged strategy by Texas lawmakers in relentless pursuit of banning abortion: ban abortion at six weeks of pregnancy and incentivize anti-abortion vigilantes; ban the most common method of abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy; and restrict medication abortion.