STATEMENT: Trump’s Supreme Court Pick, Judge Kavanaugh, Would End Roe v. Wade And Criminalize Abortion

Trump’s Supreme Court Pick, Judge Kavanaugh, Would End Roe v. Wade And Criminalize Abortion  

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Urges Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz To Vote No  

For release: July 9, 2018
Contact: Sharmeen Aly, [email protected]


AUSTIN, TX — After the announcement that President Trump will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Interim Executive Director Blake Rocap issued the following statement:

“After promising that he would only appoint Supreme Court nominees that would end Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion, President Trump held true to that promise today with the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh recently argued that the federal government should have the power to  prohibit a detained minor from getting an abortion even though she had met all of Texas’s burdensome requirements to obtain one. He also argued against the Affordable Care Act’s provision making contraception available to everyone free of cost.

We have to assume that Kavanaugh was chosen because he lives up to Trump’s litmus test and will be a vote to end Roe v. Wade, or gut it by ignoring the precedent in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and allow the Texas Legislature free reign to criminalize abortion and punish pregnant Texans. If this is not the case, it is up to Judge Kavanaugh to prove to the American people that he will not be a rubber stamp for Trump’s agenda and will proactively protect abortion access. Now is the time for Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to stand up and protect Texans and their families.

President Trump himself has promised over and over again to appoint Supreme Court justices who will work to overturn Roe v. Wade, criminalizing women in the process. Here is a brief background on Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive anti choice record:

Brett Kavanaugh

  • Current position: Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Appointed by anti-choice President George W. Bush
  • Served as Senior Associate Counsel and in various other positions in the anti-choice George W. Bush White House. In these roles, he was responsible for “marshaling the fleet” of George W. Bush’s far-right, anti-choice judicial nominees, including Priscilla Owen and William Pryor.
  • Active in the conservative Federalist Society.
  • Contributed to anti-choice, extreme politicians including Henry Hyde and Orrin Hatch.
  • Issued a strongly worded dissent against a D.C. Circuit decision that allowed an undocumented young woman to access abortion care. Kavanaugh argued that despite the fact that the girl had already met all of Texas’ burdensome requirements for young women seeking abortion care (mandatory delay, state court approval, etc.), she should have to wait until she had an immigration sponsor to make “that momentous life decision.” He wrote, “The en banc majority…reflects a philosophy that unlawful immigrant minors have a right to immediate abortion on demand, not to be interfered with even by government efforts to help minors navigate what is undeniably a difficult situation by expeditiously transferring them to their sponsors.”
  • In a heated dissent in Priests for Life v. HHS, Kavanaugh argued that the Affordable Care Act’s religious accommodation to the contraceptive-coverage policy placed a substantial burden on religious employers’ beliefs, even “if the religious organizations are misguided in thinking that this scheme…makes them complicit in facilitating contraception or abortion.”

A new national poll, conducted on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice America by Public Policy Polling in key states, finds that the majority of voters, including nearly two-thirds of independent voters, do not want to see Roe v. Wade ended, and would oppose any nominee to the Supreme Court who would overturn it.

STATEMENT: SCOTUS Decision Allows Fake Women’s Health Centers to Continue Lying to Pregnant People

For Release: 6-26-2018

Contact: Sharmeen Aly, [email protected]

AUSTIN, TX — Today, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in NIFLA v. Becerra that fake women’s health centers, or crisis pregnancy centers, can continue operating under the guise of real medical facilities and give inaccurate and misleading information to clients.

This ruling has implications here in Texas, where CPCs that receive millions of taxpayer dollars to deceive pregnant people seeking accurate health care far outnumber abortion clinics and family planning clinics.

Blake Rocap, legislative counsel and interim executive director at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement —

“Every Texan, regardless of how much money they make or where they live, should have access to reproductive health care free from coercion or shame. But unfortunately, today the Supreme Court missed a clear opportunity to stop fake women’s health centers from intentionally deceiving and lying to pregnant people.

More than 200 crisis pregnancy centers operate in Texas, and for more than a decade the Texas Legislature has allowed them to operate with no accountability and little oversight while touting them as actual health care providers. The dangerous and deceptive practices at these centers inflict real harm on Texans seeking legitimate health care and their families each day in communities across the state.

Despite today’s ruling, we will continue working to expose the deceptive tactics used by fake women’s health centers and elevate the work of our partners through the recently filed Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton case. We hope the courts will apply today’s decision consistently and strike down Texas laws requiring physicians to lie to their patients, violating the doctors’ sincerely held beliefs, medical training, and ethics.”

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The People’s Lawsuit Brings Together Texas Abortion Funds and Providers to Challenge Longstanding Abortion Restrictions

Alexa Garcia-DittaThis month, we celebrate the five-year anniversary of Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster against House Bill 2 and the anniversary of the 2016 historic Supreme Court decision that struck down two provisions of that law.

But the work didn’t end there.

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas is proud to support our partners who are taking Texas to court to fight decades-old abortion restrictions. In Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, the Afiya Center, Fund Texas Choice, Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, West Fund, and Dr. Bhavik Kumar challenge a host of long-standing and burdensome Texas laws designed to cut off access to safe, legal, and compassionate abortion care and undermine the freedom of people to control their own futures.

Fewer clinics, state-mandated misinformation, mandatory delays, forced sonograms, and other drastic restrictions force Texans to delay their health care, travel long distances and pay more out of pocket for abortion care, which can increase costs by hundreds to thousands of dollars. Importantly, these laws disproportionately impact low-income Texans, communities of color, rural Texans, young people, border communities, immigrants, and people who live at the intersections of various marginalized experiences and identities, preventing them from obtaining full bodily autonomy, resources and the power they need to thrive.

For too long, Texas politicians have ignored the real health care needs of Texas families and instead have put politics above all else. Today’s lawsuit, which you can read here, marks the first time Texas abortion funds, providers and grassroots groups have come together in support of this important legal action challenging these long standing abortion restrictions in Texas. Click below to stay updated on the lawsuit and click here to read the full press announcement

 

President Trump Appoints Former Fake Women’s Health Center President to Leadership Position

This week, President Trump named Diane Foley, a former president of a fake women’s health center, as deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Population Affairs, which oversees the  federal Title X family planning program. In appointing her to this position, Trump has given Foley power over family planning services available primarily to low income people across the country. Fake women’s health centers, like the one Foley was in a position of leadership at, often advocate against birth control, which is an essential component of comprehensive family planning services.

Fake women’s health centers also use lies and deception to prioritize their political agendas  over people’s healthcare. For more than 10 years, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas has lead the fight against fake women’s health centers in Texas because they exist to persuade pregnant people against accessing abortion. Despite their lies and scare tactics, the Texas Legislature continues to increase the millions of taxpayer dollars they receive each year.

Texas is already facing reproductive healthcare challenges, including lack of access to abortion care, a maternal mortality crisis, and an embattled family planning program. Putting Foley in a position of leadership at the federal level is a disservice to the people the department serves and a danger to patient health and safety.

Visit txpregnancy.org to learn more about crisis pregnancy centers in Texas and how you can fight back.

Next Generation Fellow Spotlight: Lili Gomez

By Lili Gomez, 2018 Next Generation Fellow 

What excites me most about the activism here in Texas is the diversity and intersectionality. This creates a solid foundation for individuals to interact and intersect with each other for the greater good of the people of this state. I’ve learned that no matter how little I do through my activism, I must be making a change for at least one person.

I’ve learned through Next Generation and other aspects of my activism that my work matters because I’m helping people that may not be able to help themselves or need support in getting that help. I’ve also learned that there is an amazing support network out there that will help you when you need it in order to support your work or to support you in general. This is crucial to any activism work that anyone does. I think this is in part why I applied to join NARAL Next Gen, because I knew that I would be adding to my support network and this would help me improve myself in my activism work. In particular, I felt that I was still lacking in the policy aspect of my reproductive justice work, and I knew from friends that Next Gen might help with that.

I support abortion access because everyone deserves to have that choice without any barriers, challenges, or shame and stigma in accessing abortion. I support abortion access because it is a form of health care and all health care should be accessible. We as a society do not get to pick and choose what we deem is health care. Through my work, I hope to be a part of a movement that will change not just laws, but the shame and stigma surrounding abortion and abortion access.