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.

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Anti-Abortion Groups Continue to Defend Lying to Women

The right’s hypocrisy on abortion and the First Amendment was clear to see last week as the U.S. Supreme Court took up a California case involving a state law regulating so-called “crisis pregnancy centers.” The law requires health clinics to tell patients that free or low-cost services like birth control and abortion are available through state programs. It also requires crisis pregnancy centers — fake clinics that exist primarily to mislead, lie to and shame women seeking an abortion — to tell clients that they actually offer no health care services.

That would seem like common sense to most folks: tell patients about all services available to them and tell them the truth if you don’t provide any health care services. But anti-abortion groups are howling mad. They claim the law violates the First Amendment rights of anti-abortion clinics by requiring them to give patients that information, and they say that fake clinics shouldn’t be forced to tell clients that they can’t and wont’ provide health care services. “Compelled speech is not the answer to cultural conflict,” one Texas-based religious-right group argued last week.

Well, that group should know something about “compelled speech.” It and other anti-abortion groups support a Texas law that requires health care providers to give women… Read More

Today TFN's Kathy Miller called for any investigation into contracting at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to include an examination of how state tax dollars were sent to an anti-abortion advocacy group to provide health care services for which it was unqualified. Following is our press release. Read More

The Trump administration today announced a new policy favoring health care workers who refuse to do their jobs because they have religious or moral objections to certain services or to the individuals receiving them. We just sent out the following press release: Read More

Barring women’s access to safe, legal abortion continues to animate the right. That is especially true in Texas, as we can see in these quotes from 2017. Read More

We're crossposting this piece from our colleagues at the National Partnership for Women & Families. The TFN Education Fund, including our Texas Rising program for young adult activists and leaders, is working with the Partnership to call out politicians who tell lie after lie to pass anti-abortion and other bad laws. Read More

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