Babe Monthly: What’s happening in Texas and what we can do about it

By Emily Park

At Catcall, we’re all about turning catcalling on its head and calling out the patriarchy with stories that inspire the shes, theys, and gays and highlight the work that needs to be done to dismantle systemic inequalities. 

We put together Babe Monthly to highlight the major headlines, stories, and stats—good and bad—in feminist news that have surfaced over the last month. The mission of this monthly column is to highlight the challenges we face in the fight for women’s, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC rights, while uplifting and empowering our readers with the work that’s being done—and the amazing people who are doing that work. 

These last couple of weeks have been some of the most challenging weeks in the reproductive rights movement we have experienced in a long time. While we usually spend a couple of hours scouring headlines for the best feminist news that has come up in the last month, it’s hard to focus on anything but the abortion ban that went into effect in Texas on Sept. 1.

Banning abortions from taking place around six weeks after conception—before many individuals even know they are pregnant—the Texas law doesn’t include any exemptions for cases of rape or incest. The law is the strictest abortion ban to go into effect in the United States.

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Missouri Senate Passed One of the Worst Abortion Bans. Here’s What You Can Do About it.

By Kelcie McKenney

Falling in line after Alabama and Georgia, the Missouri state Senate passed HB 126 — a bill that bans abortions after eight weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Fuck that. I’m pissed, you’re pissed, so what can we do?

Photo by Monica Melton

First, Educate Yourself

Here are a few articles about the recent “rush” to push back on Roe v. Wade—now that the Supreme Court is significantly more conservative.

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