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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.
We at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas stand in solidarity with the transgender and gender nonconforming community in the wake of a lawsuit that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton — who is under felony indictment for a number of legal and ethical violations — and three other states filed against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services challenging a rule change that prohibits health care facilities that receive federal money from discriminating on the basis of a patient’s gender identity. The rule requires that individuals be treated consistent with their gender identity, including in access to facilities. It also prohibits providers from denying or limiting treatment for any health services ordinarily or exclusively available to one gender based on the fact that a person seeking such services identifies as another gender. This rule change is one step toward correcting a system that routinely discriminates against a vulnerable population.
This lawsuit highlights the importance of cross-movement solidarity and the need to extend our work to include protections of the most vulnerable members of our society. The state is using discriminatory policies like the Hyde Amendment and its codification into the Affordable Care Act to not only continue denying essential abortion care to pregnant people, but also uses these harmful policies to justify opposition to the provision of equal treatment in health care based on the patient’s gender identity. Just as the Hyde Amendment leaves those most in need without access to safe and legal abortion care, Texas and the other plaintiffs are seeking the right to continue denying health care to trans and gender nonconforming individuals based on religious or moral grounds.
The transgender community is one of the most at-risk in our country. Transgender people are much more likely to be victims of violence and hate crimes and those risks increase if the individual is a person of color. According to a national survey of transgender people, 28 percent of trans and gender nonconforming patients postponed getting medical care when sick or injured because of discrimination and 48 percent had to delay getting care because they could not afford it. With 1 in 4 transgender people living in poverty, discrimination and denial of coverage is denial of care for those most in need.
In addition to using religion as an excuse for the state to perpetuate dangerous, hateful ideals, Paxton’s office callously and hypocritically argues that Texas “zealously protects the doctor-patient relationship,” an assertion that is especially ironic given the gross interference the state takes in the way doctors are required to treat patients seeking abortion care.
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas believes that all Texans deserve access to health care, especially reproductive health care, free from discrimination or harassment. We oppose obstacles to health care, including the restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion and policies that deny care to transgender Texans. As long as our governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other elected officials continue to discriminate against us, we must band together to demand all our rights in this state.
This year, as we commemorate the 7th Annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice, we’re proud to support and amplify the voices of Texas Latinx activists and organizers in the fight for equity and justice. We trust the expertise
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