June 23, 2013
Members of the Texas House of Representatives
1101 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), is an organization with more than 58,000 OB/GYNs and partners in women’s health across the U.S. The Texas District of ACOG has a membership of 3,600 OB/GYNs and partners in health.
ACOG supports robust, factual debate on issues relating to women’s health. The bills being debated today on the House floor are not based on sound science or current medical standards; they create obstacles for women seeking certain healthcare services—putting women at risk, and are simply designed to harass women. In some cases, these bills criminalize doctors.
As concerned physicians who pride ourselves in providing the best healthcare for women, we urge you to vote NO on SB 5 by Senator Hegar, HB 60 by Representative Laubenberg, and HB 16 by Representative Laubenberg.
- SB 5, HB 60, and HB 16 will not enhance patient safety or improve the quality of care that women receive.
- SB 5, HB 60, and HB 16 do not promote women’s health, but erode it by denying women in Texas the benefits of well-researched, safe, and proven protocols.
- SB 5, HB 60, and HB 16 interfere with the doctor-patient relationship and tie our hands when developing individual care plans for our patients.
We stand ready as a resource on these issues and look forward to working with you to ensure that legislation harmful to the health of Texas women does not pass.
Lisa M. Hollier, MD, MPH, FACOG
Chair, Texas District American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists