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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The U.S. Supreme Court this morning rejected a Louisiana law imposing medically unnecessary restrictions that sharply limited access to abortion in that state. The Louisiana law included provisions virtually identical to those in a Texas law struck down by the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in 2016. Rev. Erika Forbes, faith and outreach coordinator for the Texas Freedom Network, has the following statement about today’s June Medical Services v. Russo decision on behalf of hundreds of faith leaders across the state who are part of the Texas Freedom Network’s Just Texas project:

“Clergy and other leaders from diverse faith traditions across Texas who support the right of women to make decisions about their own reproductive health care are celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision today. We believe access to comprehensive and affordable health care, including abortion, is a moral and social good, and our faith calls on us to trust and respect the decisions women make about their reproductive health, free of shame or judgment. We reject the relentless, misguided and reckless political campaign to make abortion inaccessible to everyone and call on lawmakers to support legislation recognizing that abortion is essential, time-sensitive health care.”… Read More

So now the truth comes out: anti-abortion activists paid Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision in 1973, to support their efforts later in her life. Their willingness to cheat and lie to ban abortion has been exposed for all to see. Check out our press release:…… Read More

  Progressive faith leaders are speaking out in support of women's access to all reproductive health care services, including abortion care. Today Just Texas, a project of the Texas Freedom Network, released an open letter signed by more than 170 clergy and faith leaders from across the state who oppose efforts to pass abortion bans in Texas towns. Read the press release here. Read More

Texas investigators have ordered the anti-abortion Heidi Group to repay at least $1.5 million to taxpayers for overpayments and other alarming irregularities while contracted with the state to provide reproductive health care services to women. The group, which served only a fraction of the tens of thousands of women it promised to provide services for, got the money in the first place because anti-abortion lawmakers booted Planned Parenthood out of the state's women's health program four years ago. We just sent out the following press release pointing to how the Heidi Group scam highlights the dangers of playing politics with women's health. Read More

In a state that long has had one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation, it's clear that the state's abstinence-focused curriculum standards for health and sex education need an overhaul. But that's not how abstinence-only politicians on the State Board of Education see things. Information TFN has obtained through an open records request shows the first revision of the health standards in more than two decades already appears headed off the rails toward another unnecessary culture war  battle -- this time with the health of millions of Texas students on the line. Check out the press release we just sent out. Read More

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