What’s Current: Texas bans most abortion services amid coronavirus outbreak

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  • The state attorney general of Texas, Ken Paxton, ordered a halt to abortion services that are not “medically necessary” on Monday. Doctors who continue to provide abortions may be fined $1,000 or imprisoned for 180 days. Ohio’s state attorney attempted to pass a similar order but was met with opposition by Democratic state representative Tavia Galonski who fought to keep Ohio women’s clinics open following a round of negotiations.
  • UK women’s rights advocates warn that a government-mandated lockdown will put 1.5 million women at risk of domestic abuse or murder.
  • Trans activist Andrea James is crowdfunding to create a data mapping platform to rank online media outlets according to their perceived level of transphobia.
  • Women at two leading New York hospitals will be forced to give birth alone — without support from partners or doulas — as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.