ACTION ALERT: Women’s Health Advisory Committee Meeting on 9/23

Join us this Wednesday for a public hearing as the Health & Human Services Commission (HHSC) convenes a Women’s Health Advisory Committee to make recommendations on the future of the state’s women’s health programs.

The last three legislative sessions have been an ongoing attack on reproductive health care. We’ve seen cuts to family planning, the implementation of severe abortion restrictions that forced more than half of the abortion care clinics to close and to increased attacks on pregnant teenagers’ access to safe abortion care.

Let the committee hear from you and let them know that Texans’ reproductive health needs to be protected and expanded. We can’t afford to keep having access to reproductive health care rolled back session after session.

Will you join us? RSVP below!

El Paso Meet and Greet!

We want to hear from you! Join NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Executive Director Heather Busby on Thursday, Sept 17 for a casual meet and greet. Come enjoy free food and drink specials and get the latest on reproductive health policy. We’d love to hear your views on how NARAL Pro-Choice Texas can support pro-choice activism in El Paso and the needs of the community. RSVP here to attend:

ACTION ALERT: Support Planned Parenthood

Edit: Planned Parenthood Texas Votes will be holding an action outside of the Capitol that you can also attend.

After an extremist anti-choice group created for the sole purpose of attacking abortion providers released illegal, heavily-edits recordings, anti-choice Texas lawmakers are wasting taxpayer money and state resources to “investigate” Planned Parenthood. This is nothing more than an attempt to trick the public and slander an organization that has provided preventative health care to millions of people for almost 100 years.

Fill out the form below to send Chairman Schwertner a message and RSVP for the hearing at 9 AM on Wednesday, July 29 at the Texas State Capitol, Room E1.016. Join us as we support Planned Parenthood during the attacks they face from anti-choice politicians and extremist groups. After you’re done filling out the form, RSVP for this event from Planned Parenthood Texas Votes outside of the Capitol. Because this hearing is nothing more than a political ploy to help anti-choice politicians like Greg Abbott gain points with their Tea Party base, public testimony is not allowed. We need you to show up and let them know we’re watching and that we vote! Contact the members of the committee to let them know you support Planned Parenthood and our independent abortion providers. Tell them that you oppose this political witch hunt.

BREAKING: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Most of HB2

Update: On a press call, Whole Woman’s Health Founder and CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller has vowed to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court. Clinics have 22 days to comply with the court’s ruling.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the majority of the most harmful provisions of House Bill 2 can remain in effect, shuttering all but 8 clinics in the entire state. With the exception of Whole Woman’s Health of McAllen, all clinics in Texas are required to comply with the costly building standards of ambulatory surgical centers and must have physicians on site that maintain hospital admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Read our press release below and the court ruling here.

Appellate Court Ruling Causes Widespread Abortion Clinic Closures in Texas

PETITION: Tell Governor Abbott to VETO HB 3994

The time to act is now!

Gov. Abbott is expected to sign HB 3994 this week – a devastating bill that removes the only option for abused and neglected teens who need an abortion, judicial bypass. Tell Gov. Abbott to veto this cruel bill by signing the petition below.

HB 3994 has done almost everything possible to limit access to the courts for young people who are unable to involve a parent in their abortion decision. Teenagers without a parent to be found, teenagers in abusive homes and teenagers who have suffered sexual assault from a family member will no longer have a choice when it comes to an unintended pregnancy.

Thank you for speaking out to ensure that all Texans can access safe, legal and timely abortion care when they need it.