Target: Texas House of Representatives, Texas Governor Rick Perry
Goal: Refuse to pass new anti-abortion legislation.
A Texas House panel recently advanced a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and shut down over half of the abortion clinics in Texas. This bill has now moved on to the House of Representatives. Over 1,100 opponents of this bill signed up to testify in the House Committee of State Affairs, but fewer than 100 people were able to speak. In addition, Committee Chair Byron Cook refused to recognize any amendments proposed by Democratic committee members, telling one senior representative to “bring it up on the floor.” The state’s Republican Governor, Rick Perry, has “vowed” to sign the bill into law despite protests from medical providers, democrats, and abortion rights activists. According to BBC News, some of these opponents include the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Hospital Association and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The passage of this bill would mean that many women would have to travel hundreds of miles to receive an abortion. Tell the Texas House of Representatives and Governor Rick Perry that this new anti-abortion legislation is unconstitutional; the US Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, so states should not be able to limit citizens’ rights to safe and legal methods of abortion.
Dear Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Members of the Texas House of Representatives,
The abortion legislation that Gov. Perry has vowed to sign into law is not supported by many major medical providers, organizations, or practitioners in Texas. Furthermore, the advancement of this abortion bill through the recent House Committee occurred under biased and undemocratic principles. Democratic Committee members were prevented from proposing amendments. Anti-abortion and religious fundamentalist groups were given more testimonial weight than were the voices of the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Hospital Association, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology or the voices of women in support of abortion rights.
Please don’t value the support of religious or political groups over the voices of the women and the medical practitioners whom this legislation will affect. If this bill passes, many Texas women will lose access to safe and legal methods of abortion. Value the health and well-being of Texas women. Let this bill advance no further.
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