Topic: Abortion and Reproductive Justice
On September 1, 2021, the state of Texas began to implement a bill that is the most restrictive anti-abortion legislation in the United States. This law bans abortion procedures after a fetal heart beat is detected (usually in the sixth week of pregnancy), well before many people know that they are pregnant. The law makes no exception for rape or incest. This law is unlike other anti-abortion legislation across the United States, in that it empowers individuals to bring a civil lawsuit against abortion providers and anyone found to “aid and/or abet” an abortion after fetal heartbeat is detected. In addition, the law provides for a $10,000 bounty to be paid to anyone who successfully sues a provider.
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty at UNCA would like to support students who would like to learn more about this legislation, need a safe space to process this information, and who might like to learn facts about abortion procedures. As faculty, we are committed to responding to student concerns, so we are scheduling a listening session for students. At this listening session, we would like to hear from you! What do you need? How can WGSS faculty support you? What information would you like provided?
Please join us for a Zoom listening session on Tuesday, September 21 at 12 PM, and/or fill out our anonymous Google form to let us know what you would like to see from us.