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.”

Statement: Texas Politician Files Bill to Ban All Abortions and Punish People Who Have Them

For Release: 1-12-2017

Contact: Sharmeen Aly, sharmeen@prochoicetexas.org

TEXAS — On Wednesday, anti-abortion lawmakers filed HB 948, a bill that would ban all abortions in the state and change the penal code to criminalize Texans who get them. Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, issued the following statement —

“This bill is an outright ban on abortion and would punish people who get abortions and the doctors who provide them. This cruel bill is the most extreme measure we’ve seen at the Texas Legislature. It takes away a pregnant person’s legal rights and could open up to investigation and prosecution of anyone who has a miscarriage or who seeks an abortion. When politicians criminalize safe medical procedures, they put patients’ health and safety at risk.

HB 948 strips away our constitutional right to abortion.”

Statement: Texas Abortion Providers File Lawsuit Against Medically Unnecessary Fetal Tissue Burial Rules

For Release: December 12, 2016

Contact: sharmeen@prochoicetexas.org

Texas — On Monday, a coalition of abortion providers, represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas challenging rules that would require embryonic and fetal tissue to be buried following an abortion. Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement —

“NARAL Pro-Choice Texas is proud to support abortion providers in their fight against restrictions that place unnecessary burdens on people seeking abortion. Our anti-choice state lawmakers have shown again and again that they are willing to waste precious taxpayer dollars defending sham regulations and putting political ideology over the safe practice of modern medicine.

There are real problems in Texas affecting children that our lawmakers should be addressing instead of wasting time and taxpayer dollars restricting access to abortion. If the lawmakers in our state truly cared about protecting the dignity of life, they would focus on fixing the broken foster care system and CPS reform.

It’s clear that these embryonic and fetal tissue burial rules only serve to restrict and stigmatize abortion and shame people for their private health care decisions.”

Statement: Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Continue Playing Politics with Texans’ Health Care

Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Senate Bill 20, which would ban insurance coverage for abortion. This legislation follows a string of anti-abortion bills filed last week. Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement —

“This session, Texas lawmakers need to fix the litany of areas where they have failed families — from our broken child welfare system to chronic underfunding of public education. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state lawmakers should prioritize policies that improve the lives of Texans and their families, including expanding access to reproductive health care, not play politics by passing medically unnecessary restrictions that make it even more difficult for Texans to access safe, legal abortion.”
“The ban on fetal tissue research from an elective abortion — filed last week — is a backlash to heavily edited and discredited videos released in 2015 intended to smear Planned Parenthood. As no abortion clinics in Texas currently participate in donating fetal tissue to researchers, Senate Bill 8 accomplishes nothing but further stigmatizing abortion.”

Statement: Fetal Tissue Burial Rules Provide No Public Health Benefit

Today, the Texas Department of State Health Services held a second public hearing on proposed rules that would require embryonic and fetal tissue to be buried or cremated following an abortion, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

Blake Rocap, legislative counsel at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, issued the following statement–

“Since July, Texans have shown through their outpouring of public comments and petition signatures that they will not stand for politically motivated attacks on reproductive health care. The Department of State Health Services did not take seriously, and refuses to respond to, the concerns of thousands of Texans who oppose this rule and the doctors and hospitals who must comply with it.

This rule provides no public health benefit, just like the state’s abortion restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down in June.

This is another in a long line of politically motivated attacks that make it harder for Texans to access abortion.  Instead of passing laws that force government intrusion on a patient’s access to health care, we should focus on making sure that patients are supported and respected and empowered in their health care decision.”

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There has not yet been a date set for the rules to go into effect.

During the second 30-day public comment period that ended on October 31, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and Planned Parenthood Texas Votes submitted comments on behalf of more than 5,000 Texans opposing these rules.