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CHOICE/LESS, Bonus Episode – Jessica Mason Pieklo: What does the Supreme Court decision really mean?

Jenn Stanley

All season long, CHOICE/LESS, has delivered powerful, personal stories of reproductive injustice and the laws, politics and people beyond the headlines. Over the past three years, it seems like one anti-choice law in particular has dominated the headlines: Texas House Bill 2.

Jessica Mason Pieklo, vice president of law and the courts at Rewire, describes the bill as a “a Frankenstein’s monster of abortion laws.” It includes multiple restrictions, including a 20-week ban, ambulatory surgical center requirements, admitting privilege requirements, restrictions on medication abortions that force patients to visit a clinic up to four times, and changes to how doctors report on patients seeking abortions.

The law would have forced about two-thirds of the state’s abortion clinics to close, and in the three years since former Gov. Rick Perry signed the the bill into law, its done irreparable damage to abortion access in Texas. Two of our storytellers this season, Candice from episode 1, and Valerie from episode 3, had to cross state lines to access abortion care because of these restrictions.

On Monday, June 27, 2016, Texas-based provider Whole Woman’s Health, won its case challenging two provisions of the law in the Supreme Court decision, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

In this bonus episode of CHOICE/LESS, Rewire’s Jessica Mason Pieklo discusses the landmark Supreme Court decision, and what it means for the future of abortion access across the country.

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