In response to today's Supreme Court order reinstating a U.S. district court’s injunction that struck down as unconstitutional the ambulatory surgical center provision of Texas' omnibus anti-abortion bill, House Bill 2 (HB 2), NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Executive Director Heather Busby issued the following statement:
"We're pleased that the Supreme Court saw through Attorney General Greg Abbott’s despicable argument that HB 2 posed a mere inconvenience to the lives of 900,000 Texas women, keeping the lower court’s injunction with respect to the ambulatory surgical center requirement in place. Just like the anti-choice leadership in the Texas Legislature, Attorney General Greg Abbott is determined to take away Texans’ access to safe, legal and timely abortion care.
"The state could not demonstrate a problem or the need for such an extreme and medically unnecessary level of clinic regulation. Abortion clinics in Texas were already well-regulated and abortion is one of the safest forms of outpatient healthcare with a major complication rate of less than .05%. Since the Fifth Circuit’s ruling, HB 2 had forced all but eight of the state’s clinics to close. Texas is in the midst of a public health disaster, but hopefully after today’s ruling people seeking abortion will have more clinics available to them. This is a victory for Texans’ health and safety."
2014 Voter Guide Release
2014 is an election year - early voting begins October 20 and goes through October 31. Election day is November 4. And this year, it’s time we vote out our anti-choice elected officials and make room for our pro-choice champions!
Not sure who to vote for? Check out our 2014 pro-choice voter guide, which covers statewide races in Texas.
With the recent closure of all but 8 abortion clinics, we cannot afford any more losses. It is up to us to make our pro-choice voices heard. Enough is enough.
We must vote for our pro-choice candidates if we want to improve the state of reproductive rights in Texas.
This year, it is especially critical that we elect pro-choice candidates. We urge you to check out our voter guide at www.prochoicetexasvotes.org -- then share the guide, spread the word, and show up to the polls!
Undercover Audio Reveals Intimidation Tactics of Texas Anti-Abortion Groups
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and Progress Texas released a video today containing audio from "Keeping Abortion Facilities Closed,” a training hosted by anti-abortion groups at the State Capitol on August 4, 2014. The video details anti-abortion activists’ alarming tactics of intimidation and stalking – designed to keep Texans from accessing safe and legal abortion care.
Sharp drop-off in Texas abortion rate as patients are unable to access care
In a study published July 22, 2014, The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) is reporting drastic reduction in access to safe, legal and timely abortion in Texas. With the loss of more than half of the state’s abortion clinics since May 2013 – down to 20 from 41 as of June 30, 2014 – Texans are left with fewer places to turn.