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Fall Celebration

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Get your tickets or make your sponsorship contribution for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas’ 2016 Fall Celebration, our biggest event of the year! 
Featuring a conversation between Wendy Davis and Stephanie Toti, lead counsel for Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6-9 PM
Ironwood Hall 
505 E. 7th Street 
Austin, TX 78701 

Get your tickets today!

 

 

Texans for Access

We’ve launched a new storytelling project, Texans for Access, to let the world know that Texans support access to abortion and support each other’s decision to have an abortion. Watch Wendy Davis tell her story below and check out other stories of support and people’s experience with having an abortion.

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Texas Officials Push Harmful Measure That Would Require Fetal Tissue to Be Buried or Cremated

By on July 22, 2016

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On July 1, at the urging of Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission published proposed rules that would require burial or cremation of embryonic and fetal tissue remains following an abortion or miscarriage. These rules dictate how healthcare facilities must dispose of tissue at all stages of pregnancy, with no exceptions for genetic testing, research or pathology and no consideration for best medical practices or patients’ wishes or religious beliefs. These rules have nothing to do with the safe practice of modern medicine, but instead are part of a nationwide effort to enact unnecessary regulations that restrict access to abortion.

The health agency could update these rules without making them a backdoor ban on abortion by holding public hearings, consulting with medical providers and writing rules that follow modern medicine. The addition of a non-medical ritual to current clinical practice only serves to further interfere with a patient’s autonomy and ability to make their own decisions about their medical care.

Every patient makes the decision to have an abortion for their own reasons based on their own experience. Instead of passing laws that further complicate a patient’s experience and force them to consider burial services or death certificates, we should focus on making sure that patients are supported and respected in their decision. Read more about why these rules are a problem here.

The public has until July 30 to comment on these rules, which are set to go into effect by September 1, 2016. Make your voice heard by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject line: “Comments on special waste from health care-related facilities.”

We encourage you to share your personal experience in your comments. Here is a sample letter you can send:

Dear Ms. Hughes,
The rules have nothing to do with the safe practice of modern medicine, but instead are part of a nationwide effort to enact unnecessary regulations to restrict access to abortion. Health care providers like hospitals and abortion clinics currently follow the state’s standards for the sanitary disposal of medical waste including embryonic and fetal tissue. The addition of non-medical ritual to current clinical practice only serves to further interfere with a patient’s autonomy and decision making in their own medical care.

Every patient makes the decision to have an abortion for their own reasons based on their own lived experience. Instead of passing laws that further complicate a patient’s experience and force them to consider burial services or death certificates, we should focus on making sure that patients are supported and respected in their decision.

Furthermore, families going through miscarriage or needing to terminate a pregnancy for medical reasons deserve the respect of having the option to have genetic testing performed on the embryonic and fetal tissue so they can successfully carry a healthy pregnancy to term in the future. Infants and children also benefit from medical research on embryonic and fetal tissue.

These rules also violate religious freedom. Not all faiths have the same tradition and ritual, and forcing a patient to violate the tenets of their faith to receive healthcare is unconscionable.
Finally, the regulations as published appear to require that a public death certificate be filed, violating patient privacy. The regulations turn what is currently a private matter–a medical procedure–into public record. This violates the patient’s constitutional right to privacy. Without a full opportunity to comment and receive feedback, healthcare facilities are left in limbo–not knowing if a death certificate will be required before cremation, or if these rules violate statutory dictates that families be allowed to take miscarried and stillborn fetuses home with them.
Any attempt to ban certain types of scientific research deserves to happen in the light of day,not through a rushed rulemaking process. Gov. Abbott should have the courage to rescind these rules and let the Texas Legislature take them up if they see fit instead of having his handpicked administrator propose them without the approval of the health agency’s council.
The Agency should rescind these draft rules and not publish a final version for adoption until the Legislature can provide it with direct authority to do so.
Signed,
Your name & address

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Join us for a celebration!

By on July 12, 2016

After our victory at the Supreme Court, we are thrilled to announce the date for this year’s Fall Celebration! On September 13th at Ironwood Hall, we’re going to get together to celebrate our incredible win at the Supreme Court and

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Republicans Vow to “Redouble” Efforts to End Abortion in Texas

By on June 30, 2016

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling was an incredible victory for Texans’ health and safety–and it doesn’t stop there. Not only does the decision mean that Texas abortion clinics can stay open, it has far-reaching impacts that effect people across the country.

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What to do after the Supreme Court decision on House Bill 2

By on June 15, 2016

Not sure what’s going on with this case? Find a breakdown of what to expect here. Update: VICTORY! House Bill 2 is gone. Here’s what the ruling means for Texans who need abortion care: Clinics will be able to continue operating, and

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Shockingly, the Legislature invited actual scientists and doctors to a hearing about fetal tissue

By on April 29, 2016

You’re not going to believe what happened at the Texas State Capitol this week. The House State Affairs Committee held a hearing on fetal tissue research and invited actual doctors and researchers from public universities to testify – people who

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Want to see TRAPPED? Here are all of the screening dates and locations in Texas.

By on March 22, 2016

Consistently rated as one of the best documentaries to come out this year, Trapped  sets aside abortion stigma and shows viewers how abortion providers truly are: brave, compassionate medical professionals who bring abortion care to communities that need it most, often in the face

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To most people, the RG​V is a symbol of the tragedy of this law. To me, it’s home.

By on February 22, 2016

This is a guest post from Melissa Aronja.   The day Whole Woman’s Health closed in McAllen, Texas was a sobering experience. It was March 2014, and no one at the time knew if the Rio Grande Valley would ever have

Mary Drummer

I want to go to D.C. as SCOTUS decides the fate of Texas abortion clinics, but I need your help.

By on February 17, 2016

This is a guest post from Mary Drummer. I remember staying up ’til the early hours of the morning riveted to my computer screen and Twitter, catching the live Tweets and streams from activists who were in the Texas Capitol

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The Texas Legislature has scheduled another meeting about fetal tissue

By on February 11, 2016

On Wednesday, the House State Affairs Committee scheduled a public hearing for April 28, and the top of the agenda includes the discussion of fetal tissue and its research: “Study the policies used by research and medical entities to adhere to the

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“Will you help me take my fight for reproductive freedom to our nation’s capital?”

By on February 8, 2016

This is a guest post from Samantha Romero.  When I discovered I was pregnant, I was in a loving relationship and had recently graduated from college, but I knew I wasn’t ready to be a mother. I was not in