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New Texas Political Coalition Will Fight Legal Erosion of Reproductive Rights

The newly-formed group will back legislation that would allow more access to abortion, comprehensive sex education and contraception.

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State Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston

 

A newly-formed political coalition announced Thursday it is fighting back against Texas laws it says restricts women’s reproductive rights. The newly-formed group will back legislation that would allow more access to abortion, comprehensive sex education and contraception.

The coalition includes groups like the ACLU and the advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood. But it also includes groups like the Texas Freedom Network, which wants public schools to teach contraception in addition to abstinence.

The coalition includes some Democratic legislators, like state Representative Jessica Farrar of Houston. Farrar has introduced a bill to get rid of the mandatory 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, which became law in 2011.

“It has really been burdensome, it’s unnecessary, and really puts women who are already in a very difficult positon in more of a difficult position,” Farrar explained.

Farrar’s other bill would cancel the requirement that doctors tell women about to get an abortion that abortion could increase their chance of getting breast cancer. That idea has been scientifically debunked

“We are just trying to preserve the doctor-patient relationship and keep the legislature out of the exam room,” Farrar said. 

Another bill supported by the coalition would allow teen moms more access to contraception.

In the meantime, Texas Right to Life announced its own legislative agenda, including the idea of restricting coverage of abortion on private insurance plans.

 

 

 

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