Stop two anti-abortion bills from going on the House floor.

We expect that at least two anti-abortion bills, HB 214 and HB 14, will be heard before the full House floor soon. These bills are medically unnecessary and will directly harm Texas families who are already struggling to pay for healthcare costs.

HB 214 bans coverage of abortion under all health benefit plans, including private plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. The bill has no exceptions in cases of rape.

HB 14 prohibits local government entities including cities and counties, hospital districts, and state agencies from partnering with health providers that also perform abortions or are affiliated with an abortion provider.

Now is the time to CALL the members on the House Calendars Committee and tell them to stop these medically unnecessary bills from going to the House floor where they will undoubtedly be made worse. Feel free to use the script below:

Hi, my name is ______.
I’m calling to ask Rep. _____, who is a member of the House Calendars Committee, to REJECT sending HB 214 and HB 14 to the full Texas House floor for debate and vote.  
Lawmakers should not be rewarded for targeting low income families and stigmatizing health care. HB 214 and HB 14 have no public health benefit and will cut off access to affordable health care for people across the state. If passed, these bills will further stigmatize abortion care and negatively impact clinics that do important work in their local communities. 
 
[Insert your own story, if you like.]
 
I’m counting on the representative to do the right thing and respect pregnant Texans by STOPPING HB 214 and HB 14 from going before the full House floor. 
 
Thank you for your time.

Texas House Calendars Committee:

  • Chair, Todd Hunter: (512) 463-0672
  • Vice Chair, Donna Howard: (512) 463-0631
  • Roberto Alonzo: (512) 463-0408
  • Trent Ashby: (512) 463-0508
  • Byron Cook: (512) 463-0730
  • Sarah Davis: (512) 463-0389
  • Charlie Geren: (512) 463-0610
  • Helen Giddings: (512) 463-0953
  • Kyle Kacal: (512) 463-0412
  • Ken King: (512) 463-0736
  • Linda Koop: (512) 463-0454
  • Poncho Nevárez: (512) 463-0566
  • Chris Paddie: (512) 463-0556
  • Dade Phelan: (512) 463-0706
  • Toni Rose: (512) 463-0664

Lawmakers Must Prioritize Proactive Bills That Expand and Protect Reproductive Health Care

For weeks, Texas lawmakers have debated measures designed explicitly to reduce access to abortion and stigmatize Texans seeking vital health care. Misinformation and ideological rhetoric abound, and politicians continue to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. These bills are harmful, endanger the lives of Texans and blatantly disrespect physicians and patient privacy.

While bills like this are flying through the Legislature, others that actually protect and promote access to health care are languishing. As we approach a key deadline for House bills to be voted out of committee, we call on lawmakers to hold hearings on the following good bills:

  • House Bill 262 by Rep. Donna Howard respects a physician’s medical training and allows them to exercise their best medical judgement when providing abortion care to their patients. This bill ensures doctors can practice medicine without political interference by protecting them should they opt out of giving their patients state-mandated misinformation.
  • House Bill 745 by Rep. Jessica Farrar repeals Texas’ 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. This bill strikes a medically unnecessary restriction from state law and restores dignity to Texans seeking abortion care.
  • House Bill 746, also by Rep. Jessica Farrar, strikes from state law a pervasive lie peddled by the anti-abortion movement—that abortion leads to an increased risk of breast cancer. For more than a decade, Texas law has required physicians to share with their patients this baseless claim. By removing this language from statute, HB 746 ensures that patients have the accurate medical information they deserve.

In addition to holding hearings on these bills, legislators should also vote on Rep. Mary Gonzalez’s House Bill 330, which expands access to birth control for parenting minors by allowing them to consent to their own health care, and Rep. Jessica Farrar’s House Bill 747, which makes accurate information about emergency contraception available to sexual assault survivors.

These bills deserve attention and a vote. We call on lawmakers to prioritize HBs 262, 330, 745, 746 and 747 and abandon the misguided, medically inaccurate and stigmatizing legislation they have taken up so far this session. Click here to send an email directly to the chairman of the committee responsible for taking up these bills.

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

For Release: 2-1-2017

Contact: Sharmeen Aly, [email protected]

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 [email protected]. 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!