FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2013
Anti-Choice Texas Attorney General Delivers Devastating Blow to Women’s HealthWomen’s Health Centers Across Texas Could Face Immediate Closure
Last night, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted anti-choice Texas attorney general Greg Abbott's request to allow the state’s new, onerous anti-abortion law to go into effect. This means that clinic closures across the state could be imminent.
“This is a dire day for Texas women,” said Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. “Greg Abbott's insistence that the circuit court reverse the lower court’s injunction clearly demonstrates that he is a foe to women. He does not believe that Texans deserve the right to make their own personal, private medical decisions.”
The Fifth Circuit ruled that Texas’ new admitting privileges requirement will go into effect immediately. Local abortion providers estimate that the law will close 13-15 health centers. Many women will not be able to get the care they need, whether it be abortion care or a whole array of preventive services such as family planning that reproductive- health centers provide.
“Last night in Texas, the court of appeals made a decision to allow a law to move forward that will have an immediate and devastating impact on women's health-care choices,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “This decision was pressed by an attorney general with political aspirations to become governor. This is a pattern we see repeating itself all over the country, and Americans have had enough. Playing politics with real women's lives is not a winning strategy as we're seeing in Virginia where Ken Cuccinelli suffers a 20-point gap with women voters. If Greg Abbott continues to push these kinds of extreme laws against women in Texas, he'll have to answer at the ballot box. And with 36 governors’ seats up in 2014, prospective candidates need to get the message that women's reproductive freedom cannot be on the bargaining table."