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The Supreme Court was something of an under-the-radar issue in the 2016 campaign, extremely important to some groups (especially white evangelicals), but not discussed all that much on a national level. But now that Donald Trump has been elected, and with the success of the GOP’s only-Republican-presidents-are-allowed-to-fill-vacancies strategy, it will be of tremendous importance to the country’s future.

No issue will be more volatile than abortion, which raises the inevitable question: Is Roe v. Wade doomed?

That question is coming up again in the wake of the Ohio legislature’s shocking decision to pass a ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually about six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women even know they’re pregnant. Under current jurisprudence, this ban is almost certainly unconstitutional. But maybe by the time it reaches the Supreme Court, it won’t be.

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In June, a historic ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed women's constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion. The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, struck down Texas' abortion restrictions.

Now, it’s time for Congress to do its part.

Fights to improve access to abortion care will continue. Nearly 300 new abortion restrictions have been enacted across the country in the past five years. When the nearest clinic is hundreds of miles away, when waiting periods require multiple clinic visits, when access to medication abortion is restricted — it becomes nearly impossible for some women to exercise their constitutional rights.

We need the Women’s Health Protection Act to prohibit states from imposing a range of restrictions on reproductive care that shame women for their decisions and limit access to safe, legal abortion care.

Sign the petition to your Congressperson now!

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A pregnant 16-year-old Texas girl is suing her parents, claiming that her parents are attempting to force her to have an abortion.

The Texas Center for Defense of Life filed a lawsuit on the teen’s behalf on Sunday arguing that her parents “are violating her federal constitutional rights to carry her child to term by coercing her to have an abortion with both verbal and physical threats and harassment.”

The teen, identified in the lawsuit only as R.E.K. since she is a minor, was “beside herself” when she called the center for help, her lawyer Stephen Casey told ABCNews.com. The group claims it has previously represented teens in similar situations and won their cases.

“These girls are in a bind, particularly in a situation where their parents are forcing them to do something they don’t want to do,” Casey said. “Regardless of the [situation], that’s her parents and she should expect support from them in this situation, not resentment and anger.”

When the pregnancy was confirmed, the teenager’s father allegedly “became extremely angry, was insistent that R.E.K. was not having the baby, and that the decision was not up to her, according to the lawsuit. He stated he was going to take her to have an abortion and that the decision was his, end of story.”

The teen claims that her parents have taken away her phone, pulled her out of school, forced her to get two jobs and taken away her car in an effort to “make her miserable so that she would give in to the coercion and have the abortion,” the lawsuit said.


Yeah...I'm against women, regardless how old they are, being forced to have an abortion as much as I am against them being forced to carry a pregnancy to term. The fact that some people in the comments who claim to be pro-choice thinks this girl should've been forced to abort shocked me. That's NOT choice. The point of being pro-choice is the belief that every individual woman out there knows what's best for her, her body, and her life even if you fucking disagree with her choice. No one...whether if it's the goverment, society, her parents, or so-called pro-choicers...has the fucking right to tell any woman what's best for them especially if they aren't going through the pregnancy themselves. If you aren't the one that's pregnant, you should have no say in what she wants to do.

It's kind of like how once women reach my age (thirty) that they are expected to carry to term rather than have abortion because people feel that's the proper age to have a child. And no...I didn't carry to term because people expected me to. I carried because, and I can't stress this enough, I WANTED to.

Of course, the irony behind all this is if the situation had been different where she wanted to have the abortion and her parents wanted her to carry to term, it would be the parents' right to decide what the girl should do.

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