The WTA, the most successful professional tournament in women’s sports history, announced at the start of Week 2 of the US Open that this year’s WTA Finals will be held in Fort Worth, Texas.
Last week, we all saw Serena Williams’ final game at the US Open at the age of 40. Her GOAT career would not have been possible had she not been able to determine when and how. How to start a family and now, how to continue building it. Women’s sports embody discipline and power – an autonomy that women were not expected to have or be able to exercise professionally until the 1970s for the most part.
The women’s movement gave rise to the women’s movement, and few have contributed as much to it as Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA. Here’s Why It’s Weird and Disappointing That WTA Brings This Showdown To Texas, Which Is In The Process Of Bringing Women Back And Making It more difficult for transgender youth to receive care and support they need.
It’s the brutality of Texas’ anti-abortion laws that make it a terrible place to host WTA finals. Texas is the pioneer state in a program that encourages people to sue someone they suspect has been involved in helping someone have an abortion and receive up to $10,000 in damages from that person if they won the court case.
It’s a way to honor every citizen, let them watch over teenagers and women and anyone who might get pregnant, and offer a means of support and personally responsible healthcare. Because a person suing based on this law is not necessarily right, and there is no harm to anyone who has to defend a wrongful lawsuit, the opportunity for fraud is obvious.
In Texas, there aren’t exceptions in the cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother.
There are terrible cases where couples expecting a baby who are unable to carry a full-term pregnancy cannot get the health care they need, where Texas law supersedes the doctor’s advice, the mother’s happiness, and the heart. Simple good of letting a family grieve the loss of an expected addition. Texas Monthly tells the story of Elizabeth Wellerand there are certainly many others like her who don’t want their names out there for public consumption, and the meaning it can create on such a divisive issue.
These laws are so pervasive that some women and those of reproductive age and older cannot access their prescription drugs. washington articles about Becky Hubbard46 years old, who plans to have sterilization, has access to methotrexate, a drug that improves her autoimmune condition but can negatively affect pregnancy. Hubbard lives in Tennessee, but women in Texas, Alabama, Georgia and other states also find their prescriptions limited. follow a Reuters report.
Of course, the WTA should take this into account when deciding where to host its Finals. There would be no modern professional women’s sport without reproductive selection. If those tournaments don’t hold venues to a certain standard when it comes to respecting body autonomy, who will?
The WTA is a tournament that took a very disciplined stance when it arrived in China after Peng Shuai was detained ahead of the Beijing Olympics. Peng accused a Chinese official of misconduct and sexual assault in a social media post, but the post was later deleted and Peng was kept from contacting the WTA and friends. The WTA has pulled tournaments out of China, including the WTA Finals. That’s why this year’s tournament needs a new venue.
When an NFL referee issued an initial six-game suspension after Deshaun Watson allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed multiple massage therapists (which he denies), or let the owner of Patriots Bob Kraft was arrested for solicitation at an underrated massage parlor, that was to be expected. When another team floated the idea of hiring former Baylor football coach, Art Briles, it wasn’t a surprise.
But et tu, WTA?
The federation has been hit financially by its withdrawal from China. But putting the Finals in what is considered the most extreme when applying the post-Roe rule is not a good answer. Women’s league fans should be asked to promote an area that wants to ask doctors to report parents supporting their transgender children for child protective services.
Texas is one of the most ruthless states when it comes to these laws. You’ve come a long way in not having to take money from anyone, Baby.