Last week, the U.S. House failed to vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, including a provision to specifically block people with Medicaid coverage from accessing preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers. The House was forced to delay a vote on their reckless and extreme health care repeal bill because they couldn’t pass it as-is — but the fight isn’t over.
Yesterday, the Texas Senate approved a version of the state budget that includes a new provision intended to ban Planned Parenthood from participating in any and all taxpayer funded programs as well as any future programs.
Read below for the latest update and to take action to make sure that lawmakers know Texans stand with Planned Parenthood.
House State Affairs Committee to Hear Reproductive Health and Anti-LBGTQ Discrimination Bills
Today, the House State Affairs Committee will hear an anti-abortion bill, two bills that would increase access to contraception for minors, and one bill that would allow LGBTQ families to be discriminated against in the state’s child-welfare system.
HB 2962 by Rep. Capriglione would increase reporting requirements of abortion providers by requiring that abortion facilities provide extensive reports on complications from abortion. Abortion is an extremely safe, legal medical procedure with an extremely low complication rate. Moreover, Texas already has extensive reporting requirements, including unannounced inspections, and rigorous auditing practices. This bill is yet another attempt to shame women and abortion providers.
HB 3859 by Rep. James Frank would give religious groups license to use their faith as a reason to refuse to place foster children with gay couples or with families with certain religious beliefs. It could also block access to birth control or abortion services for teens, even when these services are in their best interests.
HB 330 by Rep. Mary González would allow minors 15 and older who are already parents to consent to their own medical examination and treatment relating to accessing birth control, other than emergency contraception.
HB 1373 by Rep. Sarah Davis is similar to HB 330, but takes a somewhat broader approach — allowing any unmarried minor, with no restriction on age, who is already a parent to consent to medical examination and treatment related to contraception, including emergency contraception.
AUSTIN: Attend the committee hearing in person and register your position on each of these bills.
House Committee on State Affairs
Wednesday, March 29
10:30am or upon final adjournment
John H. Reagan Building | 1400 Congress Ave., Room 140
Texas Senate Approves State Budget with Provisions to “Defund” Planned Parenthood
Yesterday, the Texas Senate approved their version of the biennial state budget for 2018 and 2019 that includes a provision by Sen. Kelly Hancock that is intended to ban Planned Parenthood from receiving any state funds and even from future programs that don’t yet exist. In addition, the budget continues $18 million in taxpayer funding to the “Alternatives to Abortion” program which funnels money to crisis pregnancy centers. These centers have no state oversight or accountability, do not provide health care, and are known to mislead and deceive women to coerce and pressure them about decisions regarding pregnancy. After the House approves its version of the budget in the coming weeks, members from both chambers will meet behind closed doors in a conference committee to negotiate a compromise.