WASHINGTON, March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a "people's hearing" at the Texas State Capitol today, women's
"Bad medicine laws illustrate the lengths to which anti-abortion lawmakers in Texas – and in a majority of other states – are willing to go to block women's access to abortion care, even when it means disregarding evidence-based medical practices, the judgment of health care providers and the needs and preferences of patients and families," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. "Politics has no place in the exam room. We urge Texas lawmakers – and their counterparts across the country – to repeal these harmful restrictions and take steps to protect the patient-provider relationship and affirm the importance of high-quality, individualized care."
In conjunction with the hearing, the National Partnership is releasing a report, "Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Undermining Women's Health Care (Texas Edition)," detailing how five types of abortion restrictions in the state directly interfere in the patient-provider relationship and advance an ideological agenda that flouts medical evidence and scientific integrity. The restrictions include:
"When abortion opponents turn lies into law as they have in Texas, women pay the price. Doctors are forced to lie to their patients, trusted health care clinics are shut down and women are denied care," said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, vice president at the National Partnership. "Put simply, legislating something doesn't make it true, and abortion opponents need to know that when they lie, we're going to call them out and fight for policies that are based on women's needs and experiences and that protect access to high-quality, affordable abortion care."
The full report is available at LiesintoLaws.org/Texas; video of the hearing will also be available.
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SOURCE National Partnership for Women & Families
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