(TEXAS) – Since the draft of the U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked, Texas GOP leaders have reiterated their support of an outright ban on abortion in Texas.
Recently, Texas Republicans are claiming they’d work to invest in social services to support new mothers if Roe is overturned and Texas’ trigger ban goes into effect.
Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) issued the following statement in response:
“Texas Republicans have been in charge of our state for 20 years, and in that time they have had ample opportunities to improve health outcomes for all Texans. Instead, GOP leadership has chosen to allow partisanship to stand in the way of policy reform that would have improved the health and wellbeing of Texas communities.
“In 2021 alone, the Texas GOP killed Democratic efforts to increase access to affordable health care by expanding Medicaid eligibility and instead chose to increase funding to the ineffective and fraud ridden Alternatives to Abortion program.
“It is an insult to every Texan for Republicans to claim they’ll start caring about our communities only after they have outlawed abortion. Especially since just last week, Gov. Abbott voiced his support for rolling back Texas kids’ access to public education. The Texas GOP’s record is clear. And so is ours. Texas House Democrats have been championing access to health care, education and good jobs for decades.
“Everyone deserves the freedom to decide what is best for their future without government interference. Texas House Democrats have a long record of supporting legislation that ensures every Texas family has access to the services and resources they need to thrive.”
The Texas House Democratic Caucus, which is composed of all Democrats in the Texas House, serves as the group’s membership services and logistical arm, and works to support House Democrats with communications, policy, and legal resources. Chaired by Rep. Chris Turner (D – Grand Prairie), the Caucus is focused on fighting for real solutions for all Texans.
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