For Immediate Release: Friday, September 17, 2021
Washington, DC — Today, in response to Texas’ abortion ban (SB 8) and as part of President Biden’s whole-of-government response, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will allocate additional Title X family planning funds to providers and take key actions including enforcement of nondiscrimination protections for providers and enforcement of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), which outlines providers’ legal obligations to patients seeking care.
NARAL Pro-Choice America Chief Campaign and Advocacy Officer Christian LoBue released the following statement:
“We applaud Secretary Becerra and the Department of Health and Human Services for taking critical steps to fight back against Texas’ draconian ban on abortion and support patients and providers. Texas’ SB 8 has effectively shut off access to abortion care in the state—and this law most acutely harms those who already face the greatest barriers to accessing care.
This moment of crisis for reproductive freedom calls for bold and swift action. We look forward to continuing to work with the Biden administration to ensure that abortion access is restored in Texas—including by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act to safeguard access to abortion care across the country and ensure every body, no matter where they live, has access to the care they need.”
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, paid family leave, and protections from pregnancy discrimination—for every body. NARAL is powered by its more than 2.5 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support safe, legal abortion.