Reproductive Rights

Texas has become a laboratory for bad ideas when it comes to reproductive rights. In recent years state lawmakers have passed some of the toughest anti-abortion measures in the country, essentially making the procedure almost inaccessible for many Texas women.

The Texas Freedom Network supports efforts to ensure women have access to abortion and other reproductive health care services. That access requires adequate state funding and broad availability of birth control, especially for low-income women.

Resources

Just Texas: Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice

Just Say Don’t Know: Sex Education in Texas Public Schools (2009 report)

Sex Education in Public Schools: Progress in the Lone Star State (2011 report)

Texans Stand Up for Access to Birth Control: Results from a Statewide Survey of Texas Voters (2013 report)

Texas is failing students and their families on sex education. Read More

With the 85th Texas Legislature set to convene in Austin on Jan. 10, we're already seeing proposed bills that would make it even harder for women to access abortion and other reproductive health care services in the state. Politicians in Texas and elsewhere simply refuse to trust women to make decisions about whether and when to have children. In fact, check out what the Republican president of the Kentucky Senate, Robert Stivers, has to say: Read More

The right in America seems increasingly hostile to science and facts. We see that clearly in debates over issues like climate change and evolution. But it's also a big problem when it comes to sex education -- especially if it involves anything to do with LGBTQ youth. The latest example: an essay from a religious-right author that misinterprets a new report about risky behavior among sexual minority youth. Read More

Will Texas Schools Use Squirrels to Teach Sex Education?

Are Texas public school students going to learn that using contraception is as "unnatural" as underwater, tap-dancing squirrels? The state sure seems to be inviting that kind of nonsense into its Abstinence Education Program. Read More

Common tactics within the anti-abortion movement include plenty of fear mongering and promoting of bunk science. If you can even call it science.

Take, for example, Carol Everett of the anti-abortion organization The Heidi Group. Everett was on Fox 7 Austin this week defending a move by Texas officials, with the support of Gov. Greg Abbott, to require abortion providers to cremate or bury fetal remains. The proposed rule is yet another unnecessary regulation promoted by politicians who want to shame women who seek an abortion and make the procedure more burdensome and expensive for providers.

Now Everett is absurdly suggesting that Texans risk contracting HIV or another sexually transmitted infection from their drinking water if the rule isn’t implemented:

It’s a theme. Here’s Everett, a couple of years ago, discussing other unnecessary regulations targeted at abortion care providers. She says that without the rules, it could be EBOLA! for everyone.

There will be a public hearing on Thursday, Aug. 4, on the proposed fetal remains burial and cremation rule. The Center for Reproductive Rights, which represented Whole Woman’s Health in its successful challenge of the Texas anti-abortion law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier… Read More

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