By Philip Foley
Health clinics offering abortions in Texas filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday to block a new state rule that could shut down more than half of the state’s remaining providers this fall, forcing women seeking an abortion in southern and western Texas to drive several hundred miles each way or go out of state.
An unwanted conception is a militant invasion into a girl’s body, a woman’s body; biological warfare waged inside her skin. It is physical and psychological attack. Every cell plundered. Every breath conscripted. Her intimate organs battered, conquered. Assaulted by her bodily systems. Her external self disfigured. Permanently scarred. Her spirit brutalized by overwhelming shame. She is cast aside while forced to inhabit a body turned enemy, tethered to a carcass that no longer belongs to her. The agony of this physical and psychological violence endured by girls and women impregnated against their will is drowned out by the shouts of moral accusers, disregarded by cowards, and contorted to fit inside the sugarcoated fantasies of the naive and ignorant where such girls and women are forever imprisoned.