WOMEN
01/21/2016 02:36 pm ET

Desperate For Abortion Care, Women In Texas Are Pawning Their Wedding Rings

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When we talk about the way American women are rapidly losing the ability to govern their own bodies, it's necessary to resort to statistics: 288 abortion restrictionspassed in the past five years; dozens of clinics forced to close; 19 states that fail, completely, measures on reproductive health. But statistics can often feel remote -- it's easy to forget that those numbers represent millions of women whose dwindling options have left them in a desperate situation.

In the past few years, Texas has come to represent the war politicians are waging on women's basic bodily autonomy. In 2013, former Texas Governor Rick Perry signed HB2, an omnibus anti-abortion bill, into law. HB2 mandates that abortion providers must meet several onerous requirements in order to remain in operation.

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