Texas Call to Action!

Fight Back Texas! On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Texas politicians will hold a hearing on three anti-abortion bills that threaten to stand in the way of women and the care they need. We need you to show up at the Capitol - in the Texas Senate Chamber - and tell the politicians on the Senate Health & Human Services committee to stop playing politics with reproductive health care, interfering in decisions that don’t belong to them, and shaming and harming Texas women. Here are some suggested talking points and draft testimony about the bills:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ISkfCHi5g9hzIsmeAol-cgP-4iXdIKp3eW67trvDJak/pub

The committee will have iPad kiosks outside of the hearing room for people to register their positions on the bills and sign up to testify. You can also register a position from your own device if you're on the public wifi network inside the Capitol.

Can't make it to the Capitol? Make a phone call to oppose all three bills - SB 8, SB 258, and SB 415.

Charles Schwertner:
Capitol: (512) 463-0105
District: (979) 776-0222 - Bryan
District: (512) 863-8456 - Georgetown

Dawn Buckingham:
Capitol: (512) 463-0124

Konni Burton:
Capitol: (512) 463-0110
District: (817) 882-8157

Lois Kolkhorst:
Capitol: (512) 463-0118
District: (979) 251-7888 - Brenham
District: (281) 394-5610 - Fort Bend
District: (361) 573-7300 - Victoria

Charles Perry:
Capitol: (512) 463-0128
District: (806) 783-9934 -Lubbock
District: (325) 481-0028 - San Angelo
District: (940) 937-0909 - Childress

Van Taylor:
Capitol: (512) 463-0108
District: (972) 398-9416 - Plano

Bill info:

SB 8: This bill bans the donation of fetal tissue from abortion clinics for research purposes and contains a copy of a federal ban of a common, extremely safe medical procedure. SB 8 is direct backlash to heavily edited, discredited videos released in 2015 intended to smear Planned Parenthood. As no abortion clinics in Texas currently participate in donating fetal tissue to research, SB 8 accomplishes nothing but further stigmatizing abortion and shaming Texans seeking abortion care.

SB 258: This bill requires Texans seeking abortion to complete a state-mandated tissue disposition form prior to their abortion. SB 258 does nothing but further shame and stigmatize people who get abortions in Texas. This bill is another cruel intrusion on Texans’ abortion experiences.

SB 415: This bill is another thinly veiled attempt to ban abortion and play politics with people’s healthcare. SB 415 forces doctors to practice substandard medicine and prevents them from using their best medical judgment when providing abortion care, interfering with the doctor-patient relationship and potentially placing women’s health at risk.