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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Texas Government Takes Another Stab at Women’s Reproductive Rights

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 8, an omnibus bill containing a host of  abortion restrictions, including a ban on a medically proven and safe procedure for ending second trimester pregnancies; a requirement that abortion providers bury or cremate fetal tissue; and a prohibition on the donation of fetal tissue resulting from an abortion for medical research. Taken together, these restrictions promise to nearly fully block women’s access to abortion. Nancy Cárdenas Peña, Texas Associate Director for State Policy and Advocacy of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), issued the following statement:

“In another shameless move,  Texas has taken a direct stab at women’s reproductive health. SB 8 is just another representation of a dangerous attempt on the part of Texas politicians to stigmatize abortion and shame the women who seek it. Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate in the country; instead of addressing the factors leading to such abhorrent numbers or ensuring that women in Texas have the resources and support they need to make the best reproductive decisions for themselves, Texas legislators and Gov. Abbott are intent on passing the sorts of bills that only put women’s lives in more danger.

“Women of color, including Latinas, would be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of this bill. SB 8 threatens the viability of the very clinics Texan women -- particularly women of color -- rely on for the reproductive healthcare they need. Study after study has demonstrated what is at stake when barriers to reproductive care are increased. One can only come to the conclusion that these proposals are motivated by a larger agenda to prohibit access to abortion care for Texan women at the risk of already proven negative consequences. This legislation rolls back abortion rights, shames women, and exposes them to harmful health outcomes. NLIRH believes that all Texas women deserve to live their lives with dignity and no legislation should undermine their fundamental right to health care, including the right to safe and legal abortion care.”  

For more information on NLIRH’s fight for health, dignity and justice, visit us at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NLIRH.



The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 28 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.