(HOUSTON) – Mayor Annise Parker and eight members of the Houston City Council joined together on Monday to call for the repeal of a 2013 Texas law that could close half of the state’s abortion clinics.
Parker was joined in a letter sent to the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress by Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez, Vice Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Davis, and council members Ellen Cohen, Stephen Costello, David Robinson, Robert Gallegos and Mike Laster, who urged the passage of the federal Women’s Health Protection Act.
The Act would prohibit Texas and other states from imposing unconstitutional restrictions on reproductive health care procedures, said NARAL Pro-Choice Texas executive director Heather Busby.
“When the Texas legislature passed HB2, we knew Houston residents could be harmed by it,” the letter states.
“We also knew that Houston would become one of the very few places left to get an abortion (and in some cases, any reproductive health care) in Texas, and that women’s health and lives would be put at risk because of that.”
A challenge to House Bill 2 is currently pending in federal court.
If permitted to go into effect on Sept. 1, the law will require the closure of all but six or seven abortion clinics in Texas, Busby said.
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