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Texas Gets an “F" on Choice

Posted by libhom Saturday, February 03, 2007


NARAL has released a report that grades states on the right-to-choose on abortion. Not shockingly, Texas received an F. One particular quote from the report is especially disturbing.

93 percent of Texas counties have no abortion provider.

Other facts about Texas and abortion rights.
  • Texas' Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General all oppose the right to choose on abortion.

  • The Texas state House and Senate both have anti-choice majorities.

  • Texas has a 24 mandatory delay for women after they contact doctors for abortions.

  • Texas law requires that abortions be provided by physicians, even though trained midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants are perfectly cable of performing abortions safely.

  • Texas discriminates against low-income women by refusing to provide abortion coverage with regular medical coverage for the poor.

  • Texas law requires parental consent and notice (except with permission of a judge) for teenage girls, despite the fact that many fundamentalist Christians will emotionally and physically abuse daughters who want abortions and many anti-choice judges are dishonest.

  • Texas regulates abortion providers more heavily than other medical providers.

  • Texas mandates that women seeking abortions be given highly biased information (propaganda) about abortion and Texas law.


The last point is appalling because the mandates discuss the risks of abortions, but not the higher risks of full-term pregnancies. Planned Parenthood points out:
Overall, the risk of death from childbirth is 11 times greater than the risk of death from abortion up to 20 weeks of pregnancy. After 20 weeks, the risk of death from abortion is about the same as the risk of death from childbirth.

If Texas law mandated the kind of accurate, balanced information Planned Parenthood provides, no one would object. However, the Christian Right has gotten Texas to mandate attempting to deceive women on the relative risks of abortion and pregnancy in order to try to intimidate women who want abortions. This is dishonest and morally wrong.

A larger problem is that restrictions on abortion are often presented and covered individually and not in any depth. On first glance, abortion restrictions sometimes seem reasonable, but the details always prove otherwise. Of course, these restrictions do not function in isolation. They are part of a coordinated campaign by the Christian Taliban to make abortion bureaucratically difficult or even practically impossible. When they are combined with the campaigns of intimidation against abortion providers and their landlords by militant, Christian fundamentalists along with outright acts of terrorism, it is hardly surprising that the overwhelming majority of Texas counties have no abortion services.

Learn about your state and other states by going to NARAL's full report. The “State Profiles” are particularly interesting, but there is national and other information as well.

4 comments

  1. Kurt Says:
  2. It bothers me to no end that the Christian Right thinks it can control America. Who died and made them God?

     
  3. RickB Says:
  4. Texans pride themselves on their liberty, oh wait, white male Texans pride themselves on their liberty. Luckily though most of them can't spell 'hypocrite'.

     
  5. Kvatch Says:
  6. Who died and made them God?

    I think more accurately it would be: "Their God died, and they're really ticked about it."

     
  7. Librocrat Says:
  8. Hm... Connecticut must have similar results. It's the only reason I can see for Bush Jr's birth.

     

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