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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While over in the Texas House of Representatives many, many bills met their fate when a key deadline passed Thursday night, lawmakers in the lower chamber did accomplish a few things, including, unfortunately, passing even more abortion restrictions.

And with those bills now approved in the House, the debate over that legislation now shifts to the Senate, and we need your help to fight back against these proposals by coming to the Capitol on Monday.

One bill, HB 3994 by state Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, makes it harder for minors seeking an abortion to obtain what’s know as a judicial bypass. This, from the Texas Observer:

A parental notification law requires that Texans under the age of 18 get their parents’ consent before having an abortion. However, minors can turn to the courts to seek a legal, confidential judicial bypass when they fear they’ll be abused at home because of their pregnancy, or don’t have a parent to consent.

HB 3994 by state Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria), among many things, increases the burden of proof on the minor from a “preponderance of evidence” to “clear and convincing” evidence, a change House Democrats took issue with early in… Read More

Texas politicians have been imposing their own moral and political agenda on women for years. They’ve cut funding for family planning. They’ve imposed restrictions on birth control. Now they’re eroding access to abortion care by closing clinics.

The fact is that one in three American women will have an abortion in her lifetime — yet we’re afraid to speak up in support.

This is an attack on Texas values: Respect. Equality. Opportunity.

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Tuesday, April 14 House State Affairs Committee

Wednesday, April 15 House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee

Even after passing the most restrictive laws in the country, anti-abortion zealots in the Texas Legislature are back at it, trying to pass laws further squeezing access. They won’t stop until they’ve ended access to safe, legal abortion care for all women in Texas. Three bills with that goal will be heard this week in two separate committees:

Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence (Tuesday)

HB 723 by state Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, would prohibit a court from appointing an attorney for a minor seeking an order authorizing consent for an abortion.

State Affairs (Wednesday)

HB 3446 by state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, forces abortion providers to post signs with state-mandated language about the prohibition against forcing a woman to undergo an abortion, an abuse hotline number, and other information.

HB 3765 by state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, adds even more rules dealing with parental consent for minors seeking an abortion.… Read More

First things first: a big round of applause for Texas Monthly‘s R.G. Ratcliffe, who dug up this info. We encourage you to venture over to the magazine’s website to ready his piece.

Here are some interesting numbers Ratcliffe dug up:

75758: 180 75756: 74 75770: 55 75763: 61 75751: 46* 75148: 100 75124: 63 75143: 91 75158: 49 75142: 67 75160: 97 75126: 67 75161: 35* 75114: 34* 75147: 18* 75778: 24*

Random numbers? No. As you probably guessed, the first number is a zip code. The number after the zip code is the number of teen pregnancies per 1,000 teenagers in that zip code. The asterisk indicates a teen pregnancy rate for that zip code that is below the average rate for the entire state, which is 47 for every 1,000 teenagers. Only 5 of those 16 zip codes are below the state’s rate.

What all those zip codes have in common is that they’re in the state House district represented by Rep. Stuart Spitzer, R-Kaufman.

A couple of nights ago, during the House debate on the state budget, Spitzer drew plenty of attention… Read More

The following press release is from the Trust. Respect. Access coalition, of which the Texas Freedom Network is a part.

ADVOCATES PUSH FOR BIRTH CONTROL ACCESS FOR YOUNG PARENTS

Speakers: Trust Teens Who Are Already Parents to Make Their Own Decisions about Birth Control

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2015

 AUSTIN – Two years after lawmakers promised to address the high number of unintended pregnancies in Texas, reproductive health advocates are calling today for passage of common sense legislation making it easier for teens who are already parents to obtain birth control.

The Texas House State Affairs Committee is set to hear testimony today on House Bill 468 by state Rep. Mary González, D-Clint. HB 468 would allow teen parents ages 15 and over to obtain birth control without having to get the consent of their parents or guardians.

“We trust teen parents with making health care decisions for their own children, but currently we don’t respect them enough to make their own decisions about birth control,” state Rep. González said. “In a state with rates of teen births and multiple births among teens that are among the highest in the nation, that simply has to… Read More

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