Nearly 43 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution provided women a fundamental right to an abortion.
To coincide with the anniversary of the landmark decision, Progress Texas released a video short
detailing a timeline of Lone Star State abortion laws and the impact those laws have had on Texas.
"Most people will be surprised and appalled by the sheer volume of Texas abortion restrictions passed over the last four decades. Texas lawmakers have been systematically chipping away at a woman’s right to access abortion care," Progress Texas Advocacy Director Lucy Steins says in a statement. "The devastating anti-abortion law currently being challenged in the Supreme Court did not pass in a vacuum and does not stand alone."
Stein says Texas has passed 18 anti-abortion measures since the Roe v. Wade
ruling with the majority happening in the last decade or so. In recent years, those efforts have ramped up.
Late last year, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to Texas' 2013 legislation that would require abortion facilities to meet ambulatory surgical centers and for doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital. If the law stands, Texas will have only have a handful of abortion clinics left in just five of the state's 254 counties.
The state has also upped its opposition to reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood. Last October, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood
in response to heavily edited videos by an anti-abortion group that purported to show a Planned Parenthood official selling fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has since sued
the state over the Medicaid funding cut and last week it sued the organization that made the videos
that spawned congressional hearings and backlash from state governments. The state even cut funding for an HIV prevention program
in Houston and has attempted to subpoena records
about the organization's employees.
Watch the full video here:
4 Decades of Texas Abortion Laws in 2 Minutes
Just how much have Texas lawmakers tried to limit a woman's right to access abortion care since the Roe v. Wade decision? Find out in our latest video, "4 decades of Texas abortion laws in 2 minutes."Posted by Progress Texas on Tuesday, January 19, 2016