Planned Parenthood Texas Votes on Petition to SCOTUS

Center for Reproductive Rights Petitions U.S. Supreme Court’s Full Review of Texas’ Dangerous Abortion Laws

These laws have already shut down clinics and placed countless women at risk of serious harm.

“Planned Parenthood health centers are open and will continue to be here for the women who rely on Planned Parenthood for high-quality health care,” said Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

AUSTIN, TX – Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appellate court ruling from June which if allowed to take effect, would decimate women’s access to safe, legal abortion in the state of Texas.

Texas’ clinic shutdown law would leave only 10 health centers that provide safe, legal abortion in the entire state, placing countless women at risk of serious harm. Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of these restrictions when they temporarily went into effect last October.

Despite the fact that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States, politicians in Texas have repeatedly tried to sneak around the Constitution and four decades of Supreme Court precedent with sham laws that only make it more difficult, if not impossible, to obtain safe and legal abortion.

The American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other national health care experts are united in opposing these burdensome regulations, arguing that they serve no medical purpose, interfere in the doctor/patient relationship, and do not to promote or advance women’s health.

It is clear that the politicians behind these laws are ignoring overwhelming scientific consensus to push a dishonest and harmful political agenda.

Statement from Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

“Planned Parenthood health center staff has witnessed firsthand the terrible impact these restrictions would have on women across Texas, who cannot get to a medical provider and are forced to delay getting care. Politicians are not medical experts, yet politicians have written these restrictions with the end goal of cutting off access to safe, legal abortion. Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas will remain open for the women who rely on them for expert, high-quality health care.”