From Andrea Grimes at RH Reality Check (this whole article is important – PLEASE read it):
Next week, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Council will consider whether to adopt new abortion reporting requirements in the state–requirements that are being adopted at the behest of a Republican politician who failed to get his desired requirements passed through democratic means in the state legislature last year.
Tea Party-endorsed Rep. Bill Zedler wants the state to collect more personal information about abortion-seeking women and increase vague “complication” reporting requirements for abortion providers. The Texas HHSC is considering the new requirements as a kind of consolation prize to Zedler, who tried and failed to pass the requirements as an amendment to the Texas law that bars Planned Parenthood (and other “abortion affiliates”) from participating in the Medicaid Women’s Health Program in the state.
[NB: these new restrictions will affect more people than just cis women]
Next week, DSHS will have two public hearings where the public can offer their opinions about this:
- Wednesday, June 13 at 10am (local time) at Department of State Health Services, Robert E. Moreton Building, Room M-739, 1100 West 49th Street
- Thursday, June 14 at 10am (local time) at Department of State Health Services, Robert E. Moreton Building, Room M-739, 1100 West 49th Street
If you live in Austin and can be at either one of these, please go!