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State Affairs Committee to discuss teenage access to birth control

March 17, 2015

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Update 3:45 PM: The House stands adjourned. You can head here for the State Affairs live feed.

Update 12:00 PM: The House State Affairs committee will not hear this bill until the House has adjourned for the day. Due to a current discussion of another bill in the House, HB 468 will likely not have a hearing until mid-to-late afternoon. If you can make it to the Capitol but can’t stay long enough for the hearing, we encourage you to register in support of this bill by finding one of the iPads inside of the Capitol or by registering from a mobile device that is connected to the Capitol WiFi network (learn how to do that here).

On Wednesday, the House State Affairs committee will hear HB 468, Rep. Mary Gonzalez’s bill that will allow teens to access birth control without parental consent.

 
You can support this bill in three ways:
  1. Contact members of the State Affairs Committee to express your support for HB 468.
  2. Come to the hearing and register for HB 468. The committee meets in the John H. Reagan (JHR) building room 140 at 10:30 a.m. or after the House has adjourned for the day. The JHR building is on the corner of 15th and Congress (map).
  3. Testify at the public hearing on Wednesday, March 18. If you are able to testify, please email [email protected]. Click here for more information about testifying at a committee hearing at the Texas Capitol in Austin.
Below are some talking points to use in drafting your testimony or email/call to the committee members:
  • We trust teen parents to make health care decisions for their own children and we should respect them enough to make their own decisions about birth control.
  • Texas has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and the highest repeat teen birth rate in the nation. To enable young people to prevent unintended pregnancy, Texas must increase access to contraception, including allowing youth who are already mothers to access birth control without parental consent. House Bill 468 is a small but important step toward meeting that goal.

Remember to use #TrustTX and #HB468 when tweeting!