Otter

An otter, because you need one.

Tonight’s musical selection is “Recover” by Chvrches.

I’ve been spending the last few days trying to recover from my efforts at the Texas Capitol, while still keeping at least an ear on the livestreams from the people who can make it there in person. It’s one of the gifts of the modern social media age that activists can be involved in so many ways — including those of us at home, temporarily. There’s no substitute for people in the streets but many ways to support those who are.

Though House Bill 2 passed the Texas Legislature’s second reading (it still has to pass a third reading & out of committee in the Senate), some small good news in the War On Women:

In a 19-page opinion issued Monday evening, U.S. District Judge William M. Conley cited a “troubling lack of justification” for the law and said he would stay enforcement of the admissions provision until July 18, a day after a more deliberate courtroom hearing scheduled before him next week.

“There will almost certainly be irreparable harm to those women who will be foreclosed from having an abortion in the next week either because of the undue burden of travel or the late stage of pregnancy, as well as facing increasing health risks caused by delay,” the judge wrote. “Since the state has failed to date to demonstrate any benefit to maternal health of imposing this restriction, there is no meaningful counterweight recognized by the United States Supreme Court to justify the act’s immediate enforcement.”

Conley’s ruling does not affect a separate provision of the new law requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. At next week’s hearing Conley could potentially choose to reinstate the full law or keep it blocked.

How’s your week going? It’s an open conversation in the comments.

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