During the regular session of the Texas Legislature, your participation helped defeat numerous bills that would have interfered with the doctor-patient relationship and bills that would have created barriers for women seeking health care services. But our battle is not over.
As you may know, Governor Rick Perry called lawmakers back to Austin for a ‘Special’ Legislative Session this summer and now has expanded the special session agenda to include bills that that interfere with your private health care needs and decisions.
Some bills scheduled to be heard in the Texas Senate this week propose policy that is not based on current science and that will come between you and your doctor.
Do you oppose legislation that threatens the doctor-patient relationship and legislates how doctors exercise their medical judgment and/or practice medicine?
This proposed legislation does NOT promote women’s health, but erodes it by denying women in Texas the benefits of well-researched, safe, and proven protocols.
On Thursday, June 13th, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hear the following bills:
- Senate Bill 13 (by Sen. Hegar) — bans terminations at or after 20 weeks. No credible scientific evidence exists of fetal pain perception prior to the third trimester. The exception for fetal anomalies is extremely restrictive. Terminations at or after 20 weeks are extremely rare in Texas, and this decision is often made under the most difficult of family circumstances.
- Senate Bill 18 (by Sen. Patrick) — requires doctors to follow an outdated FDA protocol when administering certain drugs.
- Senate Bill 24 (by Sen. Deuell) — requires abortion facilities to meet Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) standards. Bill does not promote the public health objective it claims to enhance; in fact it harms public health by restricting access to safe, legal, and accessible abortion services.
- Senate Bill 5 (by Sen. Hegar) — an omnibus bill of all the measures defeated during the regular session. It includes: a ban on terminations performed at or after 20 weeks; requirements for doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of location where termination is performed; requirement of abortion facilities to meet ambulatory surgical center standards; requirements for doctors to follow an outdated FDA protocol for certain drugs.
Thank you in advance for taking action for Texas women,
Dr. Lisa Hollier