When Texas lawmakers two years ago passed extreme legislation limiting access to abortion care, they promised to come back this legislative session to address the issue of unintended pregnancy. Now they can take a first step toward keeping that promise.
The State Affairs Committee of the Texas House is set on Wednesday to hear testimony on a proposed bill that would help lower the high number of unintended teen pregnancies in Texas. House Bill 468 by state Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, would allow teen parents over the age of 15 to obtain birth control without having to get the consent of their parents or guardians.
Lawmakers should trust teen parents and other Texans to make their own reproductive health care decisions, including the timing and spacing of their children. You can support this bill in two ways. First, contact members of the State Affairs Committee to express your support for HB 468. Second, testify at the public hearing on Wednesday, March 18, at 10:30 a.m. or after the House has adjourned for the day. The hearing is set for Room JHR 140 in the John H. Reagan Building at 105 West 15th Street in Austin.
Tell members of the House State Affairs Committee:
- We trust teen parents with making health care decisions for their own children, and we should respect them enough to make their own decisions about birth control.
- We all should agree that lowering the number of unintended teen pregnancies is important. House Bill 468 is a small but important and common sense step toward meeting that goal.
- Texas has one of the nation’s highest rates of repeat teen births. Allowing teens who are already parents to get birth control when they need it is the best way to address that issue.
Following are names and contact information for State Affairs Committee members:
Chair, Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana
Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto
Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland
Rep. Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown
Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston
Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth
Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring
Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston
Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin
Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville
Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo
Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston