The People’s Lawsuit Brings Together Texas Abortion Funds and Providers to Challenge Longstanding Abortion Restrictions

June 14, 2018

Alexa Garcia-DittaThis month, we celebrate the five-year anniversary of Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster against House Bill 2 and the anniversary of the 2016 historic Supreme Court decision that struck down two provisions of that law.

But the work didn’t end there.

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas is proud to support our partners who are taking Texas to court to fight decades-old abortion restrictions. In Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, the Afiya Center, Fund Texas Choice, Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, West Fund, and Dr. Bhavik Kumar challenge a host of long-standing and burdensome Texas laws designed to cut off access to safe, legal, and compassionate abortion care and undermine the freedom of people to control their own futures.

Fewer clinics, state-mandated misinformation, mandatory delays, forced sonograms, and other drastic restrictions force Texans to delay their health care, travel long distances and pay more out of pocket for abortion care, which can increase costs by hundreds to thousands of dollars. Importantly, these laws disproportionately impact low-income Texans, communities of color, rural Texans, young people, border communities, immigrants, and people who live at the intersections of various marginalized experiences and identities, preventing them from obtaining full bodily autonomy, resources and the power they need to thrive.

For too long, Texas politicians have ignored the real health care needs of Texas families and instead have put politics above all else. Today’s lawsuit, which you can read here, marks the first time Texas abortion funds, providers and grassroots groups have come together in support of this important legal action challenging these long standing abortion restrictions in Texas. Click below to stay updated on the lawsuit and click here to read the full press announcement