June 18, 2013
Some basic things to know about the women’s health bills (Senate Bills 5, 13, 18, and 24) now before the Senate:
— They jeopardize the health of Texas women by creating obstacles to safe, legal and accessible abortion services, putting these services out of reach for women in communities across the state.
— According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Senate Bills 5 and 24 bills would shut down 37 of the 42 clinics in Texas where women can be assured of receiving the health services they are constitutionally entitled to.
— Senate Bills 5 and 13 would impose a 20-week ban on abortions that federal courts have recognized as unconstitutional.
— As a group, these bills ignore repeated recommendations of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – medical experts who actually understand the implications of the proposals. That group opposes “legislative proposals that are not based on sound science or that attempt to prescribe how physicians should care for their individual patients.”
— They also ignore an appeal by the Texas Medical Association, representing more than 47,000 member physicians and medical students, that the legislature not insert itself in the relationship between patients and their physicians.