Texas' Gov. Rick Perry has thrown his support behind a potential 20-week abortion ban in the state, but his office told RH Reality Check that he'll leave it up to legislators to determine the appropriate punishment for women who get later-term abortions.
After Perry's appearance at a Houston crisis pregnancy center last week, RH Reality Check asked his office whether he supported any exceptions to the yet-to-be-proposed law, such as for cases of rape, incest, or the life of the pregnant person. His office's answer: "those details will be worked out by the Legislature."
What, indeed, might be the appropriate punishment for the southeast Texas single mother of seven children who sought an abortion at 21 weeks? Or the San Antonio woman, 20 weeks pregnant, who's trying to leave an abusive relationship? Or the college junior from Oklahoma who is picking up extra shifts in hopes of paying for her abortion at 21 weeks?
These are the stories from real people who have contacted the Lilith Fund, a Texas-based non-profit that helps women find funding for safe, legal abortion care. If Texas passes a 20-week abortion ban, Texans like these women—women who are likely to have experienced "multiple disruptive events" in the past year, and who are likely to be victims of domestic violence, according to research conducted by the Guttmacher Institute—would be criminals in the eyes of the stat
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