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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This summer's legislative special session brought more harmful anti-abortion laws to Texas. Our partners at the National Partnership for Women & Families have a recap of just how bad the session was for women's reproductive health care. Check out the following post from Sarah Lipton-Lubet, vice president for reproductive health and rights at the National Partnership. Read More

We sent out the following statement today following last night's end of the Texas legislative special session. Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2017

With its preliminary approval on second reading of a “bathroom bill” this evening, the Texas Senate over the past two days has rushed through approval of bills discriminating against transgender people and making access to abortion care even harder for Texans. Once the bills pass the Senate on third reading, the House still must take them up in the current legislative special session. Texas Freedom Network Deputy Director Ryan Valentine has the following statement:

“Despite all the lies to the contrary, the flurry of unnecessary and harmful bills flying through the Senate has never been about promoting safety and privacy or protecting women’s health. Anybody who is paying attention, including more and more businesses and people of faith every day, recognize those cynical claims for what they really are: justifications for passing cruel and discriminatory laws. We hope the House recognizes that too.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2017

The Texas House just voted to approve on second reading SB8, which creates even more regulations designed to unnecessarily burden abortion providers and make women’s access to abortion even harder in Texas. The House must still pass the bill on third reading. Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement:

“This is yet another law based on lies and misinformation, this time disproven claims about women seeking late-term abortions and about what happens to fetal tissue after an abortion. You have to wonder whether the legislators who back bills like this think women are so gullible they don’t see through these lies. The sad truth is this bill’s supporters are peddling lies to shame women who seek an abortion and make it harder for them to get access to the reproductive health care they need.”

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Texas Freedom Network Education Fund’s Campaign Follows Report Showing Texas Tops the Nation in Anti-Abortion Laws That Conflict with Established Science

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2017

The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund today launched a major statewide advertising and public education campaign targeting the state’s ranking as worst in the nation for anti-abortion laws that contradict established scientific and medical evidence.

“This campaign is about making sure Texans know that too many lawmakers have lied to them over and over again in an effort to shame and punish women who seek an abortion,” said Kathy Miller, president of the TFN Education Fund. “In fact, legislators this year are continuing to ignore or twist scientific and medical evidence so they can pass more laws to shut down clinics and keep women from making their own health care decisions.”

The Lies into Laws campaign’s launch comes two days after the release of a report (available at gu.tt/FloutingFacts) from the Guttmacher Institute showing that Texas and Kansas top all 50 states in the number of major anti-abortion restrictions not based on rigorous science. These laws include unwarranted and costly burdens on abortion clinics and doctors… Read More

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