STATEMENT: House Committee Advances Stigmatizing Anti-Abortion Measures

For Release: 4-18-2017

Contact: Sharmeen Aly, [email protected]

On Monday, the Texas House State Affairs Committee voted to send House Bills 35, 200, 2962, and 1936 to the full Texas House. Heather Busby, executive director at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement after the vote —

“It is shameful that lawmakers are continuing to obstruct Texans’ right to access reproductive health care. The bills voted out yesterday do nothing to enhance public health. Rather, they interfere in the doctor-patient relationship and stigmatize Texans seeking vital health care.

Hundreds of Texans have called on Chairman Byron Cook to hold hearings for bills that actually expand access to reproductive health care and help Texas families instead of wasting time with anti-abortion measures. At the very least, House Bills 262, 330, 745, 746 and 747 deserve hearings and votes in the State Affairs Committee so that lawmakers on the committee and the public can hear the facts about abortion and reproductive health care.  

Instead of promoting policies that would expand and protect reproductive health care and save money, misguided anti-abortion legislators and activists are fixated on allowing doctors to lie to their pregnant patients and imposing their own religious traditions on embryonic and fetal tissue disposal.

It is long past time for lawmakers to stop playing politics with Texans’ health care and accepting medically inaccurate information as fact.”

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