150 Stories Take Aim at Abortion Stigma

In court briefs, women attempt to strike down strict Texas law

They are attorneys and administrative assistants, actresses and anthropologists, computer scientists and clergy members. Millennials and baby boomers. Married and single.

All are women who have had abortions and whose stories were gathered in four legal briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a controversial Texas law that creates stricter regulations for clinics and doctors that provide abortions.

The "friend of the court" briefs present intimate details from more than 150 women. Some worried that having a child could endanger their own lives; others that the baby would have severe birth defects. Some already had children but could not afford another. One woman, emotionally scarred from childhood molestation, found herself pregnant as a teenager. Another was afraid that having a child would derail her career and lead to a life of poverty.

The collected stories are an attempt to remove the stigma from abortion – and to sway the high court as it prepares to debate two key provisions in the 2013 law known as HB 2.

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