This Week @ the Legislature: Attacking Abortion Access

by TFN
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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.

Call the members of the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and the State Affairs committees and tell them you oppose these bills. Tell them Texas has already gone too far in restricting access to legal abortion care, and that politicians should TRUST women and families to make their own reproductive health decisions.

State Affairs (Wednesday)

Surprisingly, it’s not all bad news related to reproductive rights at the Texas House this week. On Wednesday the House State Affairs committee will take up “Marlise’s Law.” HB 3183 by state Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, would strike a provision in Texas’ Health and Safety Code that requires pregnant women to be kept on mechanical support against their advance directives. The bill removes the pregnancy exclusions from the Health and Safety Code, which outlines the rights and procedures for end-of-life decision-making.

Call committee members and tell them you support giving pregnant Texans and their families the same end-of-life decision-making rights as people who are not pregnant. The Legislature trust women and their families to make their own decisions regarding end of life care.


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