STATEMENT: HHSC Ends Contracts with Anti-Abortion Organization

For Release: 10-12-2018

Contact: Sharmeen Aly, [email protected]

HHSC Ends Contracts with Anti-Abortion Organization

AUSTIN, TX — Today, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced that they are terminating their contracts with the Heidi Group, an anti-abortion organization that provided no health care at the time of the award. NARAL Pro-Choice Texas has repeatedly criticized the state’s decision to award the Heidi Group and other unqualified providers this funding. Aimee Arrambide, executive director at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement —

“The Heidi Group was never remotely qualified to provide reproductive health care to tens of thousands of Texans in need. Yet, the state went to extremes to withhold funds from qualified providers in order to award undeserved millions of taxpayer dollars to an ideological, anti-choice organization with ties to fake women’s health centers. Family planning dollars should go directly to medical providers who have experience providing family planning and preventive care services, not anti-abortion organizations that aim to coerce and manipulate.

“Even as the HHSC has taken this step in terminating their contracts with the Heidi Group, they continue to fund ideological organizations committed to banning abortion that provide no licensed health care to the tune of $38 million.

“We encourage the Legislature to remove the restrictions on qualified providers from participating in these programs in order to prevent this sort of waste in the future.”

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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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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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STATEMENT: Texas Officials Continue Attacks on Abortion Care During Interim

Texas Officials Continue Attacks on Abortion Care During Interim

For Release: 2-21-2018

Contact: Sharmeen Aly, [email protected]

Today, the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs met for an interim hearing to discuss granting the Attorney General power to prosecute abortion clinics and further target abortion care. Alexa Garcia-Ditta, communications director at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement —

“Today, Texas officials continued their relentless attack on abortion care. Wednesday’s hearing was another attempt by Texas to push a national agenda intended to end abortion care entirely and put essential healthcare out of reach for people across the state. There is no evidence that local district attorneys are refusing to prosecute violations of state law.

Ken Paxton’s proposal would give anti-abortion politicians like him more power, while further stigmatizing health care. Further, the Office of the Attorney General has no business usurping the power of locally elected district attorneys to politicize qualified clinics providing safe and dignified care to their communities.

Today’s hearing continued the state’s push for a national agenda that targets abortion providers and stigmatizes abortion care. Regulating abortion clinics differently than any other medical clinic only prevents people from accessing the health care they need. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the country and is an essential component of health care—it’s time Texas officials treated it as such.”

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STATEMENT: Federal Court Blocks Dangerous Provision of SB 8 From Going Into Effect

Federal Court Blocks Dangerous Provision of SB 8 From Going Into Effect

For Release: 8-31-2017

Contact: Sharmeen Aly, [email protected]

Austin, TX — Today, a federal court ruled to temporarily block the enactment of a provision of Senate Bill 8 that bans the safest and most common method of abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. A coalition of abortion providers represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood Federation of America brought suit against SB 8 in July. Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement —

“NARAL Pro-Choice Texas is proud to stand with our partners in their fight against attacks on abortion access. SB 8 is part of a coordinated national strategy designed to shame people who get abortions, tie the hands of doctors and ban abortion method by method. This bill criminalizes physicians for exercising their best medical judgment and is a dangerous intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship.

Today’s ruling comes after a hateful special legislative session in which anti-choice lawmakers passed a bill that bans private insurance coverage for abortion. The courts, as well as Texans around the state, see through the Legislature’s thinly-veiled attacks that aim to make abortion inaccessible in Texas.

It is shameful that anti-choice lawmakers have no regard for established law or for people’s rights and insist on wasting precious taxpayer dollars defending laws they know to be unconstitutional. It is long past time for lawmakers to stop playing politics with our health care and stop passing measures that risk patients’ health and safety.”

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