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: NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Names Aimee Arrambide Executive Director

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Names Aimee Arrambide Executive Director

For Release: 8-27-2018

Contact: Sharmeen Aly, [email protected]

AUSTIN, TX — Today, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas announced that Aimee Arrambide has been named as its new executive director. Aimee joins the organization after serving as Program Manager and Reproductive Rights Policy Specialist at Public Leadership Institute. She will officially assume the executive director role on September 1, 2018.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Aimee Arrambide as our new executive director,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Texas board chair Ingrid Norbergs. “Access to abortion is on the line nationwide and we’re certain that Aimee’s expertise on the reproductive rights landscape will grow and strengthen NARAL Pro-Choice Texas’ crucial work moving forward.”

“Aimee’s vision for the organization is inspiring,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Foundation board chair Kolby Duhon. “She is uniquely suited to lead the organization in its next chapter as we face threats to Roe v. Wade and a hostile political climate on both the state and national levels.”

“I am honored to join the NARAL Pro-Choice Texas team, where I started my career as an intern,” said Arrambide. “NARAL Pro-Choice Texas has been fighting back against anti-abortion restrictions for 40 years and I look forward to leading the organization’s efforts to ensure that all Texans have access to the health care they need, including abortion, without shame or stigma. Together with the talented staff and board, I am confident we can build a stronger pro-choice movement in Texas and lift up the voices of the people affected hardest by abortion restrictions.”

Arrambide was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School. She is a board member at Fund Texas Choice, a practical support abortion fund, and a National Network of Abortion Funds We Testify Storyteller.

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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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