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Responding to Texas Governor Greg Abbott signing into law TX SB8, which bans the right of people to seek an abortion at the six-week mark, before many are aware of their pregnancies, Tarah Demant, the director of the Gender, Sexuality and Identity Program at Amnesty International USA, said:

“The attempt by the state of Texas to chip away at one of the most personal and intimate of human rights is absolutely shameful. The only person who should ever make decisions about a pregnancy is the person who is pregnant. Horrifyingly, this ban could yank away people’s decision to do so even before they realize that they are pregnant.  What is at stake with this law and those like it is the right of people to control their own bodies. This ban could be deadly, endanger pregnant people’s lives, and criminalize healthcare providers for providing healthcare.

“This move by the state of Texas attempts to undo decades of systems set up to safeguard the safety and well-being of pregnant people. Amnesty International recognizes abortion as the right of anyone who can become pregnant, based on the recognition that decisions around pregnancy and abortion directly impact the full spectrum of human rights of pregnant individuals. Amnesty International USA strongly condemns the bill and the dire consequences that it unravels for the people of Texas.”