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NARAL Pro-Choice Texas on East Texas town banning abortion

June 13, 2019

Austin, TX – “Five men this week declared a small town in East Texas a “sanctuary city for the unborn,” commandeering the language of the movement for immigrant rights to counter the reproductive freedom of women.” [Washington Post, June 13, 2019]

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Executive Director Aimee Arrambide issued the following statement:

Every Texan, regardless of income or geographical location deserves access to the full range of reproductive healthcare, including abortion. The Waskom ordinance is a dangerous attempt to undermine Roe v. Wade and disregards the fact that the majority of Texans believe abortion should remain legal.

This extreme ordinance was spearheaded by supporters of Tinderholt’s HB 896 – a bill that would have made abortion punishable by death. Jeff Leach, Chairman of the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee gave this extreme bill a hearing in his committee. When asked why Texas did not copy Alabama, Rep. Leach said that there wasn’t time but “Alabama is what we’ve been praying for…”.

The Waskom ordinance went as far as to declare reproductive health, rights and justice organizations in Texas “criminal”. We will not be intimidated. At a time when the fundamental freedoms under Roe are under attack, we recommit ourselves to expanding and protecting these rights for all Texans.

We want Texans to know that abortion remains legal in all 50 states and if they or someone they know is in need of abortion care, they can go to NeedAbortion.org.

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