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THANK YOU!

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This year’s Fall Celebration was our best yet, and we can’t thank each of you enough for making it happen! And thank you to our special guest Wendy Davis, and Stephanie Toti, recipient of the 2016 Amy Hagstrom Miller Fighting Spirit Award. Relive the evening by clicking here, thanks to our photographer Casey Chapman Ross!

Thank you for your continued support

 

 

Texans for Access

We’ve launched a new storytelling project, Texans for Access, to let the world know that Texans support access to abortion and support each other’s decision to have an abortion. Watch Wendy Davis tell her story below and check out other stories of support and people’s experience with having an abortion.

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Texas Files Lawsuit Challenging Ban on Health Care Discrimination Based on Person’s Gender Identity

By on August 24, 2016

We at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas stand in solidarity with the transgender and gender nonconforming community in the wake of a lawsuit that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton — who is under felony indictment for a number of legal and ethical violations — and three other states filed against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services challenging a rule change that prohibits health care facilities that receive federal money from discriminating on the basis of a patient’s gender identity. The rule requires that individuals be treated consistent with their gender identity, including in access to facilities. It also prohibits providers from denying or limiting treatment for any health services ordinarily or exclusively available to one gender based on the fact that a person seeking such services identifies as another gender. This rule change is one step toward correcting a system that routinely discriminates against a vulnerable population.

This lawsuit highlights the importance of cross-movement solidarity and the need to extend our work to include protections of the most vulnerable members of our society. The state is using discriminatory policies like the Hyde Amendment and its codification into the Affordable Care Act to not only continue denying essential abortion care to pregnant people, but also uses these harmful policies to justify opposition to the provision of equal treatment in health care based on the patient’s gender identity. Just as the Hyde Amendment leaves those most in need without access to safe and legal abortion care, Texas and the other plaintiffs are seeking the right to continue denying health care to trans and gender nonconforming individuals based on religious or moral grounds.

The transgender community is one of the most at-risk in our country. Transgender people are much more likely to be victims of violence and hate crimes and those risks increase if the individual is a person of color. According to a national survey of transgender people, 28 percent of trans and gender nonconforming patients postponed getting medical care when sick or injured because of discrimination and 48 percent had to delay getting care because they could not afford it. With 1 in 4 transgender people living in poverty, discrimination and denial of coverage is denial of care for those most in need.

In addition to using religion as an excuse for the state to perpetuate dangerous, hateful ideals, Paxton’s office callously and hypocritically argues that Texas “zealously protects the doctor-patient relationship,” an assertion that is especially ironic given the gross interference the state takes in the way doctors are required to treat patients seeking abortion care.

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas believes that all Texans deserve access to health care, especially reproductive health care, free from discrimination or harassment. We oppose obstacles to health care, including the restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion and policies that deny care to transgender Texans. As long as our governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other elected officials continue to discriminate against us, we must band together to demand all our rights in this state.

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Statement: More than 5,400 Texans Demand the State Remove Anti-Abortion Activists from the Women’s Health Program

By on September 13, 2016

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services met September 13 to discuss the new Healthy Texas Women program, the third iteration of a state women’s health program that has been drastically underperforming since 2013. The state gave The Heidi Group

Celebrating Our Latinx Power Movement!

By on August 5, 2016

This year, as we commemorate the 7th Annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice, we’re proud to support and amplify the voices of Texas Latinx activists and organizers in the fight for equity and justice. We trust the expertise

Thousands of Texans Demand the State Stop Lying to Patients

By on August 3, 2016

Last week, thousands of Texans sent a loud and clear message to the Texas Department of State Health Services — Politicians have no business lying to patients seeking abortion care and the state must stop inserting itself in the doctor-patient

Texas Officials Push Harmful Measure That Would Require Fetal Tissue to Be Buried or Cremated

By on July 22, 2016

On July 1, at the urging of Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission published proposed rules that would require burial or cremation of embryonic and fetal tissue remains following an abortion or miscarriage. These rules dictate

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Join us for a celebration!

By on July 12, 2016

After our victory at the Supreme Court, we are thrilled to announce the date for this year’s Fall Celebration! On September 13th at Ironwood Hall, we’re going to get together to celebrate our incredible win at the Supreme Court and

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Republicans Vow to “Redouble” Efforts to End Abortion in Texas

By on June 30, 2016

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling was an incredible victory for Texans’ health and safety–and it doesn’t stop there. Not only does the decision mean that Texas abortion clinics can stay open, it has far-reaching impacts that effect people across the country.

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What to do after the Supreme Court decision on House Bill 2

By on June 15, 2016

Not sure what’s going on with this case? Find a breakdown of what to expect here. Update: VICTORY! House Bill 2 is gone. Here’s what the ruling means for Texans who need abortion care: Clinics will be able to continue operating, and

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Shockingly, the Legislature invited actual scientists and doctors to a hearing about fetal tissue

By on April 29, 2016

You’re not going to believe what happened at the Texas State Capitol this week. The House State Affairs Committee held a hearing on fetal tissue research and invited actual doctors and researchers from public universities to testify – people who

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Want to see TRAPPED? Here are all of the screening dates and locations in Texas.

By on March 22, 2016

Consistently rated as one of the best documentaries to come out this year, Trapped  sets aside abortion stigma and shows viewers how abortion providers truly are: brave, compassionate medical professionals who bring abortion care to communities that need it most, often in the face