STATEMENT: U.S. Senate Confirms Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

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For Release: 10-6-2018

Contact: Sharmeen Aly, [email protected]

U.S. Senate Confirms Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

AUSTIN, TX — Today, the United States Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Aimee Arrambide, executive director at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement —

“Today is a dark day in the history of our nation. Brett Kavanaugh should have never been nominated to serve on our country’s highest court, and his confirmation is a travesty for all Americans. It is shameful that Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz failed to stand up and protect Texans and their families in the face of credible and disqualifying allegations against Kavanaugh.

“Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings made it clear that he 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 rein to criminalize abortion and punish pregnant Texans. According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released after Kavanaugh’s nomination, support for Roe v. Wade has hit an all-time high, with 71% of American voters stating that they do not want Roe overturned.

“Our fight does not end with today’s vote. Together with the majority of Americans who support access to abortion, we will continue to fight back against the attacks on our fundamental rights and freedoms.”

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A Texan’s experience at a fake women’s health center

I am a 44 years old woman and had the worst experience of my life at Birth Choice in Dallas, Texas. I had not had a period in about a year and my gynecologist told me I was in perimenopause so I wasn’t as diligent about it as I had been in the past. Other than fatigue, I had absolutely no pregnancy symptoms..

My husband and I decided to take a pregnancy test to rule out why I was constantly exhausted. My heart sank when I saw the plus sign on the test before the 5 minutes were even up and we went into immediate panic mode. We headed to what we thought was Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center, a local abortion clinic. Southwestern and Birth Choice share a parking lot (a common tactic of fake clinics) and my husband and I walked into Birth Choice by accident.

Once there, I took a urine test to confirm the pregnancy and was told I needed an ultrasound to determine how far along I was. At that point, the nurse separated my husband and I, saying that my husband needed to meet with the male counselor. During the ultrasound, I repeatedly asked for my husband to be in the room with me, but the nurse insisted that I was in a “safe place” and my husband couldn’t make the decision for me to have an abortion.

The ultrasound results showed that I was 26 weeks pregnant with a “healthy baby boy” and a “special miracle,” even though I had told the nurse this was an unwanted pregnancy. She told me she could immediately make a phone call and place the baby with a family. Meanwhile, my husband was getting the same treatment from the male “counselor.” The “counselor” even told my husband that families paid “$50,000 for a white baby!” They finally brought him into the room where I was still enduring looking at the 70 inch ultrasound screen. When he walked in, the nurse greeted him with, “congratulations daddy, it’s a boy!”  The male “counselor” came into the room with a doll that he described as a 26-week gestation baby and blocked the door as my husband and I tried to leave. We managed to make it out but they chased after us, yelling about not killing the baby and how much God loves us.

This experience left me totally shaken and an absolute mess; I threw up all the way home. I was able to see my gyno the following Monday and thankfully, she had some answers. I was in fact 26 weeks pregnant, but the baby was far from healthy. She explained that I couldn’t get an abortion in Texas due to how far along I was and contacted a clinic in New Mexico. We were lucky enough to travel there a few days later and terminate the pregnancy, which was the decision we had made from the start.

S.H. lives in Dallas, Texas. To learn more about fake women’s health centers and their deceptive tactics, visit txpregnancy.org 

Statement: Texas Senate Passes SB 20, A Ban on Private Insurance Coverage for Abortion

For Release: 3-22-2017

Contact: Sharmeen Aly, [email protected]

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Today, the Texas Senate passed on second reading Senate Bill 20, which would ban private insurance plans from covering abortion care. The bill also does not make exceptions for rape, incest or fetal anomalies. Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement:

“Access to health care, including abortion, should not be limited by one’s income. In restricting insurance coverage for abortion, Senate Bill 20 jeopardizes Texans’ health and disproportionately impacts low-income Texans, people of color and their families, and young people.

SB 20 jeopardizes the ability of private citizens to use their own money to buy health insurance that includes abortion coverage, making it so that Texans must purchase supplemental coverage instead. No one knows in advance what surgeries or medication they may need in the future, so why do we expect Texans to know if they will need an abortion?

Having insurance coverage for abortion is important to ensure that every Texan can access the care they need in a timely manner. It is wrong for the government to place restrictions on private health insurance companies looking to offer a full range of reproductive health services, including abortion.”

Oppose SB 4: Immigrant Justice is Reproductive Justice

This Wednesday the House State Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on SB 4, which would punish local and state government entities, as well as college campuses, that refuse to cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials or enforce immigration laws.

As we fight for the fundamental right of every person to maintain bodily autonomy, to make their own reproductive health care decisions with access to the full range of options, and to live and raise families in healthy, safe communities, with dignity and justice, this legislation is of the utmost concern.

The health and rights of 1.5 million undocumented immigrants living in Texas are already profoundly compromised by their immigration status. Undocumented immigrants are often forced to work in industries that are undervalued, underpaid, hazardous to their health, lacking in basic worker protections, and offer no benefits. Not surprisingly, a majority of them do not have health care coverage. As a result, undocumented immigrants are less likely to receive adequate reproductive health care.

However, as federal agencies ramp up their use of deportation raids as an immigration enforcement tactic under the Trump administration, the threat of deportation is proving to be as great a barrier to accessing health care as the systemic disenfranchisement undocumented immigrants have faced throughout their experience in the United States.

Undocumented individuals frequently report forgoing or delaying care for fear that they will be reported to immigration officials. Stories like that of a Mexican woman detained in Houston at a gynecologist’s appointment and of a Salvadoran woman with a brain tumor forcefully taken out of the hospital where she was being treated in Burleson, Texas, and back to a detention center add to an atmosphere of panic and deter vulnerable individuals from seeking the care they need.

SB 4 would give local law enforcement agencies in Texas no choice but to facilitate this aggressive wave of deportations, breaking up families and communities and further marginalizing a population that, in fact, is an integral part of our state’s social, cultural and economic fabric. This bill would encourage dangerous profiling practices and tie city and county officials’ hands in determining public safety priorities, as well as discouraging victims and witnesses from reporting crimes. If enacted, SB 4 would make all Texans less safe.

Here’s how you can help stop this dangerous measure:

  1. Call the members of the State Affairs Committee and tell them to oppose SB 4:

– Chair, Byron Cook: 512-463-0730

– Vice Chair, Helen Giddings: 512-463-0953

– Tom Craddick: 512-463-0500

– Charlie Geren: 512-463-0610

– Jessica Farrar: 512-463-0620

– Ryan Guillen: 512-463-0416

– Ken King: 512-463-0736

– John Kuempel: 512-462-0602

– Morgan Meyer: 512-463-0367

– Rene Oliveira: 512-463-0640

– Chris Paddie: 512-463-0674

– Eddie Rodriguez: 512-463-0674

– John T. Smithee: 512-463-0702

2. Call your OWN representative, to let them know that you are against SB 4. Find out who represents you here.

3. Come to the State Affairs Committee Hearing on Wednesday, March 15. It will be at the Capitol in the extension, room E2.036. Notice of the hearing can be found here.

4. Testify at the Hearing. If you are willing to take your advocacy to the next level, consider testifying at the State Affairs Committee Hearing. You will need to deliver a 3-minute testimony stating that you are against SB 4. Here is more information about how to register to testify.