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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STATEMENT: New Report Prevents Accurate Measurement of Controversial Women’s Health Programs

STATEMENT: New Report Prevents Accurate Measurement of Controversial Women’s Health Programs

For Release: 4-27-2018

Contact: Alexa Garcia-Ditta, [email protected]

 

AUSTIN, TX — Yesterday, the Texas Health and Human Services released a report on the state’s women’s health programs, which includes Healthy Texas Women and the Family Planning Program. While the report shows that the programs served more women in state fiscal year 2017 than it did in FY 2016, the state’s reporting methodology makes it impossible to know if as many Texans are receiving care as they did before the programs were cut in 2011.

The inclusion of providers with no reproductive health care experience like The Heidi Group resulted in only achieving the national average of 8 percent long-acting, reversible contraception (LARC) usage, likely due to the unfamiliarity of providers with LARC methods and unavailability of these methods in their offices, and only 2 percent of the program’s patients were teens.

Blake Rocap, interim executive director at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement on the report —

“Lawmakers required this report from the Health and Human Services Commission so they could evaluate the policy and funding changes they made to these programs. Unfortunately, this report does not  demonstrate the state’s programs are successful; key data required by the Legislature to make that conclusion is missing. Without information on how many clients each provider served, it is impossible to know which contractors met their goals and which are spending tax dollars most efficiently. Refusing to release the required data frustrates the intent of the report, and does not allow the Legislature to provide appropriate contract compliance oversight to an agency that obviously needs it.

“The number of total providers is not indicative of actual program capacity, almost half did not provide any care; the number of total enrollees is not indicative of patient access, almost half did not receive care. Texas is failing by not accurately tracking how its programs work therefore denying lawmakers the opportunity to make sound public policy.

“If the agency is going to ignore budget rider directives from lawmakers, we suggest they restore the ability of patients to see any qualified provider of their choice, take the nine to one  federal matching dollars and return the program to the success it enjoyed before anti-abortion politicians destroyed it in 2011.

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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: Texans Rise Up to Protect the Promise of Roe v. Wade

AUSTIN, TX — Today marks the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that guaranteed our constitutional right to an abortion. However, as we commemorate this historic anniversary, we also continue to push back against a political landscape that has put abortion even further out of reach for pregnant people who are low-income, undocumented, live in rural areas and are under the age of 18. Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, released the following statement —

“Despite the fact that the majority of people in this country support the right to safe, legal abortion care, anti-choice politicians in Texas passed seven more laws in 2017 alone that restrict access to abortion and federal officials continue to prevent undocumented teenagers in already vulnerable situations from accessing abortion care. Texans who seek abortion face a mountain of barriers, all of which disproportionately impact people of color. Without true access to abortion, the right to choose is meaningless.

Despite these obstacles, we see hope in the Texans who continue to rise up every day to protect the promise of Roe. From showing up again and again to protest anti-abortion bills at the Capitol to funding people seeking essential health care in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Texans have made it clear that they won’t stay silent against the constant attacks on their reproductive rights.

Our constitutional rights are not up for debate and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, alongside people across the state, will continue to work tirelessly to protect the promise of Roe that we celebrate today.”