Target: Texas House of Representatives
Goal: Condemn the Texas House of Representatives for making it more difficult for women to have abortions.
Ever since Roe v. Wade, abortion has been a heated topic in America. In some cases, some red states have tried to place restrictions on abortions to make it nearly impossible for women to be able to have abortions. Texas is one of these red states, and has recently attempted to place restrictions on abortions by passing a new bill.
The new Texas bill that passed through the Texas House of Representatives bans abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill is supported by the Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry. There is a good chance this bill will pass in the Senate and become a law in the red state. The bill also forces the places that perform the abortion procedures to meet the high standards of surgical centers, so most of the abortion facilities would close because of lack of funds to meet the standards.
The state representatives who have voted for this bill claim that it is not about restricting abortions, and that it is about safety. However, the bill does restrict a woman’s right to an abortion because many facilities that perform abortions will close and women will not be able to have an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. According to the Texas Senate Research Center, 6 out of the 44 abortion clinics in Texas will be able to meet the new standards.
More than ten states have passed laws banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy since 2010. The Roe v. Wade decision gave a woman the right to an abortion and by signing the petition below you can help to protect that right.
Dear Texas House of Representatives,
Ever since 1973, a woman has had the right to an abortion in America. It is a woman’s decision whether she wants to have an abortion or not. By passing this new bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks, you are restricting a woman’s right.
In addition to the 20 week ban, clinics that perform abortions have to meet the standards of surgical centers in Texas, and only 6 out of 44 clinics will meet the standards according to research. Most of the clinics do not have the funds to meet the standards, so they will likely close. You claim this bill was passed for safety reasons, but it is evident that it was passed as a way to restrict abortions for women.
The decision to have an abortion is one that is between a woman and her doctor. For years conservative states have tried to change that. You should be protecting a woman’s right to her own health decisions and respecting the Supreme Court’s decision.
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