FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2015
Austin - State Senator Sylvia Garcia made the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear the challenge to HB 2:
I am glad the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the challenge to the undue burdens faced by Texas women seeking access to healthcare clinics that were put into effect by Texas’ Republican-led legislature. For nearly forty years, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed that women have a basic right to make personal decisions about their health, and I am confident that the Court will continue to recognize this right by striking down HB 2.
Despite its claimed intent, this law has nothing to do with women's safety. Rather, it is a clear attempt to prevent women from having access to a safe legal medical procedure. It is a fact that if HB 2 is allowed to stand, women will be forced to turn to less-safe alternatives. Countless Texas women will also be denied many basic services that these clinics provide such as mammograms, cancer screenings, and routine checkups that are vital in maintaining a healthy life.
Sadly, the Republicans continue to insist on denying healthcare to more and more people in Texas. Instead of focusing on how we can improve our failing healthcare system and expanding access to those that desperately need it, the Republican majority has persisted in limiting who can get healthcare and what types of procedures someone may get. Fortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court has continually affirmed that women have a constitutional right to make medical decisions for themselves, and I am hopeful that this will continue by calling this law what it is: an archaic partisan attempt to block a woman's basic right to make her own personal medical decisions.