July 23, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Sarah Howard, Office of Senator Kirk Watson: (512) 463-0114
Last summer, those in control of the Capitol and in support of House Bill 2 tried to convince people that this bill was primarily intended to protect women. However, HB 2 has never been about protecting women, prevention and care. The indignant claims that this bill was about women’s health were bogus and sometimes hypocritical.
If this were truly about prevention and care, amendments offered during last summer’s debate would have been accepted. Those in control beat back, along almost entirely partisan lines, creative solutions that would prevent unplanned pregnancies. They rejected legislation that would ensure parents know what their children are being taught about sex so they can be fully part of the critical process for adolescents. They rejected legislation that would ensure sex education is based on science and evidence. And they rejected utterly common-sense legislation that would give teen moms, who are older than 14 and have already given birth once, the ability to get contraception.
These proposals would not have banned safe and legal abortion. They would not make it harder for women to access safe and legal abortion. What they would have done is what those in control claim to want: ways to prevent abortion. These proposals do that by empowering women and educating Texans, not by punishing women or making it harder for them to seek out services they have the right to receive.
The only sure way to prevent the termination of an unplanned pregnancy is to prevent the unplanned pregnancy.
Unfortunately, those in control of the Capitol reject empowering women and efforts to truly prevent unplanned pregnancies, choosing instead to simply make it harder for women to access needed services.