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.

TAKE ACTION: Oppose HB 3994 and an amendment to SB 200

Update May 25, 3:20 PM: Senate passes HB 3994. 

Update May 25, 10:10 AM: The Senate has convened and HB 3994 is on the calendar. Watch our live updates on Twitter, and live stream here

Update May 24, 1:50 PM: Rep. Stickland has reportedly decided to pull his amendment to get rid of the fetal anomaly exception in the 20-week ban as SB 575 moves to the House later this week. Come to the Senate chamber doors at 6pm for a #HereForJaneTX action against #HB3994 and for a photo-op, then we’ll head into the gallery. 

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 24 at 1pm in the House, Rep. Jonathan Stickland has filed an amendment to SB 200 which removes the exemption for fetal anomalies in the ban on abortion after 20-weeks. This cruel amendment would force a pregnant person to carry a nonviable fetus to term, putting their health and future fertility in jeopardy.

Meanwhile at 6pm, the Texas Senate is set to take up HB 3994, a dangerous piece of anti-choice legislation that attacks abused and neglected teens’ access to abortion and requires all people seeking abortion to have a government ID. You can read more about the dangers of it here.

Their timing is on purpose. Lawmakers know that it’s a holiday weekend, and as deadlines loom to get bills and amendments to the floor, they’re putting these two disgusting pieces of legislation up during a time when they know people will be spending time away from the Capitol.

Let’s prove them wrong. Come to the Capitol tomorrow and wear orange: 1pm in the House gallery, then move to the Senate gallery at 6pm. Watch us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.

Take action at the Legislature: Oppose HB 3994 and HB 416

Update 5/18/2015, 11:00 AM: HB 416 has been left pending after testimony was heard; HB 3994 is left pending and public testimony will be heard after the Senate adjourns. We’ll keep you updated on when that is!

Come to the Capitol Extension on Monday, May 18 at 8 AM for a Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing on two anti-choice bills, HB 3994 and HB 416, in room E1.016.

This hearing allows for public testimony, so bring your written testimony to submit to the record or verbal testimony to testify in front of the committee with and/or contact your state senator. Tell lawmakers that you OPPOSE HB 3994 and HB 416!

Now that the House has officially passed its deadline to introduce new legislation, we’re going to start heading over to more Senate committees as they hear bills that have already moved through the House. Here’s a recap on how awful these bills are:

HB 3994: the very harmful bill that attacks abused and neglected teens’ access to abortion and requires all people seeking abortion to have a government ID, is set on the major state calendar on Wednesday, May 13. For more information on why judicial bypass is a safety net for teens, read this blog post from Emily Rooke-Ley, Hotline Coordinator at Jane’s Due Process.

HB 416: Relating to requiring personnel of abortion facilities and certain other facilities performing abortions to complete training on human trafficking. This bill would require abortion providers and all staff that come in contact with patients to complete a mandatory human trafficking training. First, abortion providers already provide this training to staff. This training should be required of other health providers who are far more likely to encounter trafficking survivors. Here’s more on the true intentions of this bill.

We’ll see you Monday. Don’t forget to wear your orange! #TrustTX