As soon as Texas implemented its restrictive 2021 abortion law, Omar Casas got busy helping distribute packets with Plan B contraceptive pills and condoms in the Rio Grande Valley.
The volunteer work just became more urgent with Monday’s leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark law that legalized abortion, said Casas, who volunteers with South Texans for Reproductive Justice .
“What we fear is that abortion was targeted first and that in all likelihood emergency contraception and birth control will be targeted next,” said Casas, 31, of Edinburgh, Texas.
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Casas and other Latinos on the front lines of providing abortions under increasingly restrictive state laws said that the leaked opinion signals an end to abortion access and that it would exact a heavy toll on Hispanics and other people of color.Many say they’ve already been given a preview of what could be to come in states like Texas.”These are dark times, and dark times are ahead of us,” said Nancy Cárdenas Peña, the Texas director for policy and advocacy at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice . “But […]