Statement: Activists Resist Against SB 20, A Ban on Private Insurance Coverage for Abortion

For Release: 3-27-2017

Contact: Sharmeen Aly, sharmeen@prochoicetexas.org

Today, a group of Texans stood up in resistance against the Texas Senate passing Senate Bill 20, a bill that would prohibit private insurance plans from covering abortion. While the activists rose in opposition to the bill, another group of abortion access supporters dropped a banner above Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s desk that said, “United to lift the bans that deny abortion coverage.” Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement —

“The majority of Texans do not support restrictions on abortion. SB 20 is a discriminatory law that interferes in private business, limiting what insurance companies can and cannot cover. Sen. Taylor simply does not understand how insurance works.

Abortion is part of health care and taking it out of insurance plans means that for someone with an unintended pregnancy, life-threatening emergency or unexpected problem with a pregnancy, they will now have to pay out of pocket, potentially hundreds or thousands of dollars. SB 20 is another way anti-choice politicians like Dan Patrick are pushing to make abortion less accessible.”

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