Protecting the Promise of Roe v. Wade

January 19, 2018

Alexa Garcia-DittaFor 45 years, Roe v. Wade has preserved the legal right to an abortion in the United States. But that hasn’t stopped Texas politicians from pushing abortion out of reach for pregnant people who are low-income, live in rural areas and are under the age of 18. Anti-abortion state lawmakers passed seven restrictions in 2017 alone. These new laws, in combination with the 14 restrictions passed since 2013, are only adding to the mountain of barriers Texans face when seeking abortion care, all of which disproportionately impact people of color. Nationally, the federal Hyde Amendment—which bans federal health programs, including Medicaid, from covering abortion care—remains on the books and continues to make abortion unaffordable for low-income people.

In 1978, a group of Texans founded NARAL Pro-Choice Texas to fight back against the neverending attacks on abortion care that followed the historic 1973 Supreme Court ruling. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, we are rising up to protect the true promise of Roe—a future of dignity and respect where our decisions are our own.

Since our inception, we have fought for a future where all Texans can make their own health care decisions, including decisions about abortion, free of political interference. Unfortunately, anti-abortion state politicians have passed onerous clinic requirements, laws requiring medically unnecessary procedures like sonograms and 24-hour waiting periods, on top of bans on insurance coverage for abortion. In the face of these attacks, our legislative team has shown up to session after session to testify, rally our supporters and work with our legislative champions to combat the opposition’s dangerous anti-abortion agenda. Partners and legislators rely on our expertise and storied history of fighting for reproductive freedom in Texas, turning to us for the latest research and analysis on how policies will impact our state. We also consistently hold our state leadership and agencies accountable by tracking taxpayer funding for crisis pregnancy centers and calling out their true intention for passing anti-abortion laws—putting health care out of reach for Texans.

Year after year, we train emerging reproductive justice leaders to rise up for Roe and fight for abortion access for everyone in Texas. And we are growing our work by tapping into local power, focusing on building support for abortion access in municipalities across the state.

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas will continue to rise up for Roe by fighting alongside our partners to achieve reproductive freedom for everyone in Texas. We pledge to work tirelessly for another 40 years to protect the promise of Roe that we celebrate today.

—Alexa Garcia-Ditta