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When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in late June, ending the federal constitutional right to an abortion, Libby Flood, general manager of Dallas cocktail bar Ruins, was devastated. She had had an abortion while working as a bartender at another establishment years ago, when her career was just beginning. “It just didn’t make sense to have kids when you don’t have health insurance,” she says, adding that, for her, a bartender’s hours made having a child untenable.The week after the Supreme Court issued its opinion, Flood asked her boss, Peter Novotny, co-owner of Ruins and another Deep Ellum bar, Armoury D.E., if she and her coworkers could take time off to attend an abortion-rights rally. Novotny closed Ruins for lunch that day so…
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