HB2 AND SB9 - STAND WITH TEXAS WOMEN

Maybe some of you have heard of the women’s heath fiasco going on in Austin, TX right now. If you haven’t please take some time to read this post. If you’re a woman, this concerns you. If you know a woman, this concerns you.

It started with SB5. This was a bill that would have placed enormous restrictions on abortion clinics in Texas, virtually banning safe abortions in Texas and other basic health care services for women.

Gov. Rick Perry (you remember him) tried to sneak SB5 into a special legislative session - in the Texas State Legislature, the governor can call as many of these special sessions as he likes and typically uses it to advance partisan goals quickly and quietly. However, due to the keen observation, bravery, and voices of over 700 Texans and Senator Wendy Davis, SB5 failed to pass on the evening of Tuesday June 25th.

Perry has called a second session and is reintroducing these attacks on women’s health via HB2 and SB9. SB9 is about abortion-inducing pills. HB2 is a lot like SB5:

"While SB9 targets “abortion-inducing pills” prescribed by physicians, HB2 looks more like the bill that came up in the Senate and was cause for the successful protest that smacked it down. In other words, HB2 resubmits banning abortion procedures at 20 weeks; dispensing of “abortion-inducing pills”; the change in medical standard (without much medical evidence of such need) that would result in the closing of 80% of abortion-providing clinics around the state of Texas; as well as  a requirement that physicians have admitting privileges at hospitals located within a 30 mile radius of their clinics. " 

The Supreme Court has set precedent through Roe v. Wade that a woman has a right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside of the womb which is at the 24th week of gestation. HB2 is in direct violation of federal law as it would ban abortion procedures at 20 weeks.

HB2 would require abortion clinics to upgrade their facilities to the very costly standards of ambulatory surgical centers, a financial burden that would effectively put these clinics out of business while doing little to actually make them safer. Only 5 clinics out of the 42 in Texas already meet this standard and there are little to no incentives or funding being made available to assist clinics in upgrading these facilities.

This bill would also require doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals within a 30 mile radius of where the abortion is being performed. Most hospitals in Texas do not give admitting privileges to doctors who conduct abortions because they do not want to become targets of protest. So even if there was enough funding to upgrade the facilities to ambulatory surgical centers, many of these doctors would become unable to legally practice abortion at their own facilities anyway.

SB9 is another limitation on a woman’s options requiring a follow up visit 14 days after a woman takes the pill. This especially effects poor women in rural areas who have to get to a clinic when there are so few in the state.

The proponents of these bill insist that they’re acting on behalf of the health of women in Texas. The lack of funds towards women’s health services and sex education (beyond abstinence-only) indicate otherwise. These bills effect everyone, not just women.

Please send this to friends, family, coworkers, etc. This is an important issue which many of our Texas Senators are trying to sweep under the rug, and they’re trying to do so despite the wishes of their constituents. Educate yourself, because this issue doesn’t just affect Texans. Similar legislation has already been enacted in a dozen or so states (most recently including Ohio) with little-to-no coverage from the media or widespread public scrutiny until the backlash in Austin this last week. Our government needs to know that the world is watching.

Information/Resources/Literature:

These pieces have tons of links to petitions you can sign, links to extra reading, and more in depth analysis of what is happening in Texas.

Cryptic Philospher is on top of it. My go to page at the moment for the most updated information, you know, aside from twitter. (#txlege #hb2 #sb9)

Official facebook event for the Ralley at the Texas Capitol if you’re in the Austin, TX area and can make it out. Also some great information there.

A Virtual March for those who can’t make it to Austin in person. There are also rallies are happening all around the US right now. Check to see if you’re nearby one and can attend.

NowAustin has a slew of information and tips for protesting and options for those BOTH inside AND outside of Texas. 

 

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That’s all I’ve got right now. Stay strong and educate yourself.

HB2 AND SB9 - STAND WITH TEXAS WOMEN

Maybe some of you have heard of the women’s heath fiasco going on in Austin, TX right now. If you haven’t please take some time to read this post. If you’re a woman, this concerns you. If you know a woman, this concerns you.

It started with SB5. This was a bill that would have placed enormous restrictions on abortion clinics in Texas, virtually banning safe abortions in Texas and other basic health care services for women.

Gov. Rick Perry (you remember him) tried to sneak SB5 into a special legislative session - in the Texas State Legislature, the governor can call as many of these special sessions as he likes and typically uses it to advance partisan goals quickly and quietly. However, due to the keen observation, bravery, and voices of over 700 Texans and Senator Wendy Davis, SB5 failed to pass on the evening of Tuesday June 25th.

Perry has called a second session and is reintroducing these attacks on women’s health via HB2 and SB9. SB9 is about abortion-inducing pills. HB2 is a lot like SB5:

"While SB9 targets “abortion-inducing pills” prescribed by physicians, HB2 looks more like the bill that came up in the Senate and was cause for the successful protest that smacked it down. In other words, HB2 resubmits banning abortion procedures at 20 weeks; dispensing of “abortion-inducing pills”; the change in medical standard (without much medical evidence of such need) that would result in the closing of 80% of abortion-providing clinics around the state of Texas; as well as  a requirement that physicians have admitting privileges at hospitals located within a 30 mile radius of their clinics. " 

The Supreme Court has set precedent through Roe v. Wade that a woman has a right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside of the womb which is at the 24th week of gestation. HB2 is in direct violation of federal law as it would ban abortion procedures at 20 weeks.

HB2 would require abortion clinics to upgrade their facilities to the very costly standards of ambulatory surgical centers, a financial burden that would effectively put these clinics out of business while doing little to actually make them safer. Only 5 clinics out of the 42 in Texas already meet this standard and there are little to no incentives or funding being made available to assist clinics in upgrading these facilities.

This bill would also require doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals within a 30 mile radius of where the abortion is being performed. Most hospitals in Texas do not give admitting privileges to doctors who conduct abortions because they do not want to become targets of protest. So even if there was enough funding to upgrade the facilities to ambulatory surgical centers, many of these doctors would become unable to legally practice abortion at their own facilities anyway.

SB9 is another limitation on a woman’s options requiring a follow up visit 14 days after a woman takes the pill. This especially effects poor women in rural areas who have to get to a clinic when there are so few in the state.

The proponents of these bill insist that they’re acting on behalf of the health of women in Texas. The lack of funds towards women’s health services and sex education (beyond abstinence-only) indicate otherwise. These bills effect everyone, not just women.

Please send this to friends, family, coworkers, etc. This is an important issue which many of our Texas Senators are trying to sweep under the rug, and they’re trying to do so despite the wishes of their constituents. Educate yourself, because this issue doesn’t just affect Texans. Similar legislation has already been enacted in a dozen or so states (most recently including Ohio) with little-to-no coverage from the media or widespread public scrutiny until the backlash in Austin this last week. Our government needs to know that the world is watching.

Information/Resources/Literature:

These pieces have tons of links to petitions you can sign, links to extra reading, and more in depth analysis of what is happening in Texas.

Cryptic Philospher is on top of it. My go to page at the moment for the most updated information, you know, aside from twitter. (#txlege #hb2 #sb9)

Official facebook event for the Ralley at the Texas Capitol if you’re in the Austin, TX area and can make it out. Also some great information there.

A Virtual March for those who can’t make it to Austin in person. There are also rallies are happening all around the US right now. Check to see if you’re nearby one and can attend.

NowAustin has a slew of information and tips for protesting and options for those BOTH inside AND outside of Texas. 

 

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That’s all I’ve got right now. Stay strong and educate yourself.

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