WTA amazingly holds finals in anti-abortion Texas

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The WTA, the most successful professional league in the history of women’s sports, announced at the beginning of the second week of the US Open that this year’s WTA Finals tournament will be held in Fort Worth, Texas.

Last week we all witnessed Serena Williams’ last game at the US Open at the age of 40. Her GOAT career would not have been possible if she hadn’t been able to direct when and how to start a family and now how to continue building that family. Women’s sport is the embodiment of discipline and power – an autonomy that women could not usually be trusted or exercised professionally until the 1970s.

The women’s movement has led to a women’s movement, and few have been as important a part of it as Billie Jean King, the founder of the WTA. For that reason, it’s strange and disappointing to see the WTA bringing this flagship event to Texas, which is about to reset women and make it harder for transgender youth to get care and support you need.

It’s the cruelty of Texas’ anti-abortion laws that makes this such a terrible place to host the WTA Finals. Texas is the state that pioneered a program designed to encourage people to sue someone they suspect helped someone have an abortion and receive up to $10,000 in damages from that person , if she wins in court.

It was a way of representing every citizen, keeping them personally accountable for teenagers and women and anyone who might become pregnant, and a channel of health care and support. Since a person who sues under this law need not be right and no one who has to defend an unjust claim suffers damages, the opportunity for mischief is evident.

In Texas, there aren’t exceptions in the cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother.

There are terrible cases where couples who are expecting a child who cannot go to term are unable to obtain the medical care they need, where Texas law dictates the advice of physicians, the welfare of the mother and simple kindness, a To let family, replace, mourn the loss of an expected complement. Texas Monthly tells the story of Elizabeth Wellerand there are surely many more like her who don’t want her name known to the public and the vitriol it might inspire on such a divisive subject.

These laws are so comprehensive that some women and people of childbearing age and beyond cannot access their prescription medications. The Washington Post narrated by Becky Hubbard, 46, who intends to undergo a sterilization to access methotrexate, a drug that helps her autoimmune condition but can negatively affect pregnancy. Hubbard lives in Tennessee, but women in Texas, Alabama, Georgia and other states also find her recipes restricted after a Reuters report.

Of course, the WTA should take this into account when deciding where to host its finals. There would be no modern women’s professional sport without reproductive choice. If these leagues don’t hold locations of a certain standard when it comes to respecting physical autonomy, who will?

The WTA is a league that has taken an incredibly principled stance on China following the imprisonment of Peng Shuai ahead of the Beijing Olympics. Peng had accused a Chinese official of sexual misconduct and attacking a social media post, but then the post was scrubbed and Peng cut off from contact with the WTA and friends. The WTA has pulled tournaments from China, including the WTA Finals. For this reason, this year’s tournament needed a new location.

If the NFL umpire comes out with a six-game suspension after Deshaun Watson was accused of sexually assaulting and molesting multiple massage therapists (which he denies), or lets Patriots owner Bob Kraft’s arrest for soliciting at a massage parlor go unnoticed, is it expected. When another soccer team comes up with the idea of ​​hiring former Baylor soccer coach Art Briles, it’s no surprise.

But what about, WTA?

The league suffered a significant financial hit when it pulled out of China. But putting the finale in a state that was one of the most draconian when it comes to post-Roe legislation is not a good answer. Supporters of a women’s league are to be urged to boost the economy of a region that wants doctors to require parents who support their transgender children to be reported to child welfare services.

Texas is one of the cruellest states when it comes to these laws. You’re a long way from taking anybody’s money, baby.

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