SB 8, SB 258, and SB 415

Fight Back Texas! TODAY, Feb. 15, Texas politicians will hold a hearing on three anti-abortion bills that threaten to stand in the way of women and the care they need.

We need you to show up at the Capitol – in the Texas Senate Chamber – and tell the politicians on the Senate Health & Human Services committee to stop playing politics with reproductive health care, interfering in decisions that don’t belong to them, and shaming and harming Texas women.

SB 8:

This bill bans the donation of fetal tissue from abortion clinics for research purposes and contains a copy of a federal ban of a common, extremely safe medical procedure. SB 8 is direct backlash to heavily edited, discredited videos released in 2015 intended to smear Planned Parenthood. As no abortion clinics in Texas currently participate in donating fetal tissue to research, SB 8 accomplishes nothing but further stigmatizing abortion and shaming Texans seeking abortion care.

Key messages:

  • This bill is designed to further stigmatize and disempower patients seeking abortion care.
  • SB 8 interferes with medical practice by prohibiting lifesaving research.

SB 258:

This bill requires Texans seeking abortion to complete a state-mandated tissue disposition form prior to their abortion. SB 258 does nothing but further shame and stigmatize people who get abortions in Texas. This bill is another cruel intrusion on Texans’ abortion experiences.

Key Messages:

  • This bill does nothing but further shame and stigmatize people who get abortions in Texas.
  • This bill is another cruel intrusion on Texans’ abortion experiences.

SB 415:

This bill is another thinly veiled attempt to ban abortion and play politics with people’s healthcare. SB 415 forces doctors to practice substandard medicine and prevents them from using their best medical judgment when providing abortion care, interfering with the doctor-patient relationship and potentially placing women’s health at risk.

Key messages:

  • When a person has made the decision to end a pregnancy, they deserve to have access to a safe and dignified medical experience.
  • Senate Bill 415 bans the safest method of performing some abortions. It is not designed to protect women’s health and will harm women in Texas. Rather, it aims to eliminate access to abortion and criminalize medicine.
  • When politicians ban and criminalize safe medical procedures, they put patients’ health and safety at risk.
  • SB 415 and other bans on safe abortion procedures are part of a broader effort to outlaw all abortions in Texas.

Here are some suggested talking points and draft testimony about the bills:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ISkfCHi5g9hzIsmeAol-cgP-4iXdIKp3eW67trvDJak/pub


Can’t make it to the Capitol?

Make a phone call to oppose all three bills – SB 8, SB 258, and SB 415.

Charles Schwertner:
Capitol: (512) 463-0105
District: (979) 776-0222 – Bryan
District: (512) 863-8456 – Georgetown

Dawn Buckingham:
Capitol: (512) 463-0124

Konni Burton:
Capitol: (512) 463-0110
District: (817) 882-8157

Lois Kolkhorst:
Capitol: (512) 463-0118
District: (979) 251-7888 – Brenham
District: (281) 394-5610 – Fort Bend
District: (361) 573-7300 – Victoria

Charles Perry:
Capitol: (512) 463-0128
District: (806) 783-9934 -Lubbock
District: (325) 481-0028 – San Angelo
District: (940) 937-0909 – Childress

Van Taylor:
Capitol: (512) 463-0108
District: (972) 398-9416 – Plano


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