NARAL Pro-Choice Texas’ Statement on President Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

For Release: 2-1-2017

Contact: Sharmeen Aly, sharmeen@prochoicetexas.org

AUSTIN, TEXAS — On Tuesday, President Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee. President Trump has repeatedly promised that his Supreme Court pick will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that guaranteed our constitutional right to an abortion. Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement —

“By nominating Neil Gorsuch for a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court, President Trump has shown that he does not care about a person’s bodily autonomy and their right to make personal decisions for themselves. Judge Gorsuch has previously supported restricting access to birth control based on an employer’s religious preferences in two separate cases.

Texas’ anti-abortion laws have twice been challenged and heard before the U.S Supreme Court — the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, and the 2016 Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case.

In both landmark decisions, the Supreme Court stepped in to ensure that Texans, and all Americans, are able to access their constitutionally protected right to abortion and essential family planning services. With this nomination and an anti-abortion administration in the White House, anti-abortion politicians in Texas will feel further emboldened to aggressively push their anti-choice agenda.

Neil Gorsuch is a harmful, dangerous Supreme Court nominee for every person in the country who values respect and dignity free from judgment when making their private health care decisions. The Senate must reject President Trump’s nominee.”

Get Involved This Legislative Session!

The 2017 legislative session begins in less than two months, and anti-choice lawmakers are already filing harmful abortion restrictions — from a bill requiring burial or cremation of tissue following an abortion, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, to legislation that would repeal the fetal anomaly exception in Texas’ 20-week abortion ban.

These are just a handful of the attacks we’ll be fighting this session, and we want YOU to join us in taking action! To stay on top of all things reproductive health and rights, sign up for our Legislative Action Team and we’ll keep you updated on bills that affect reproductive health and alert you to opportunities to testify and rally at the Texas Capitol.

We’ll also share opportunities to act in your own communities — from visits to your local elected officials’ district offices, visibility actions like protests and banner drops, online campaigns, letter writing events, phone banking, and other activities. You’ll also get exclusive invites to webinars and conference calls.

To kick off our series of actions, we’re hosting a Telephone Town Hall on November 28. During the phone call, you’ll hear from our our staff about our proactive policy agenda for the upcoming legislative session, challenges we’re facing and a number of ways you can get involved. To get the call-in number, sign up here.

To join the Legislative Action Team: npctex.as/2017lege
To sign up for the telephone town hall: npctex.as/npcttownhall

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas fights every day for reproductive freedom for all Texans and we’re so glad to have you on our side!

State Affairs Committee to discuss teenage access to birth control

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Update 3:45 PM: The House stands adjourned. You can head here for the State Affairs live feed.

Update 12:00 PM: The House State Affairs committee will not hear this bill until the House has adjourned for the day. Due to a current discussion of another bill in the House, HB 468 will likely not have a hearing until mid-to-late afternoon. If you can make it to the Capitol but can’t stay long enough for the hearing, we encourage you to register in support of this bill by finding one of the iPads inside of the Capitol or by registering from a mobile device that is connected to the Capitol WiFi network (learn how to do that here).

On Wednesday, the House State Affairs committee will hear HB 468, Rep. Mary Gonzalez’s bill that will allow teens to access birth control without parental consent.

 
You can support this bill in three ways:
  1. Contact members of the State Affairs Committee to express your support for HB 468.
  2. Come to the hearing and register for HB 468. The committee meets in the John H. Reagan (JHR) building room 140 at 10:30 a.m. or after the House has adjourned for the day. The JHR building is on the corner of 15th and Congress (map).
  3. Testify at the public hearing on Wednesday, March 18. If you are able to testify, please email Val@TFN.org. Click here for more information about testifying at a committee hearing at the Texas Capitol in Austin.
Below are some talking points to use in drafting your testimony or email/call to the committee members:
  • We trust teen parents to make health care decisions for their own children and we should respect them enough to make their own decisions about birth control.
  • Texas has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and the highest repeat teen birth rate in the nation. To enable young people to prevent unintended pregnancy, Texas must increase access to contraception, including allowing youth who are already mothers to access birth control without parental consent. House Bill 468 is a small but important step toward meeting that goal.

Remember to use #TrustTX and #HB468 when tweeting!