Target: Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Goal: Don’t force women to have a mental health assessment in order to have an abortion.
Cisgender women and other people with uteruses will be forced to undergo mental health assessments before they can get legal permission to have an abortion in Texas, according to a proposal being discussed in the state legislature. This vital medical procedure is already difficult enough to get in the state. Demand that this restrictive proposal never gets turned into law.
Texas already has some of the most intensive abortion laws on the books in the country. As it stands, for example, teenagers in the state who want to get an abortion need to attain parental permission in order to do so, or otherwise get what is called a “judicial bypass” by demonstrating to a judge that either they are mature enough to make the decision about abortion for themselves or that informing their parents would not be in their best interest.
Apparently, though, some state representatives think these requirements are still too lenient. A proposal rushing its way through the state’s Republican-controlled legislature would force teenagers to only apply for abortions in their home county, give judges three days to deliberate before ruling on whether or not the teenager should be granted an abortion, and mandate that teenagers undergo mental health assessments before being granted permission to have the procedure. Essentially, the proposal would make it exponentially more difficult for minors who need abortions to get them.
Regardless of how controversial the subject is, abortions are necessary medical procedures for countless people with uteruses and they should be made as accessible as possible. Sign the petition below to demand that Texas Governor Greg Abbott veto this proposal when it comes to his desk so that it can never be used to restrict Texans’ medical rights.
Dear Governor Abbott,
I am writing you today regarding HB 3994, a proposal that will very likely end up on your desk in the near future for your signature or veto. This is a destructive bill that you should veto without an ounce of hesitation.
This bill was designed specifically to make it more difficult for people in your state to get abortions than it already is. It would introduce a battery of additional qualifications and requirements for cisgender women and other people with uteruses to meet and pass through before they could undergo the procedure.
The changes this bill would make to your state’s abortion laws have no practical value and would only make an already-daunting procedure that much more intimidating to those who most need it. I demand that you veto HB 3994 when it arrives on your desk so that it can never be used to keep Texans from receiving this vital medical procedure.
[Your Name Here]
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