A Rough and Tumble Time for Women in Texas

What a week! If you’ve been following the epic battle over abortion legislation in Texas like me, you may be feeling exhilarated and inspired by the developments there. What Texas women have done is remarkable. They’ve thrown a hand in the face of legislators who are trying to regulate what goes on behind closed doors, in the privacy of a doctor’s office, between a patient and her doctor. Women have made it known—loud and clear—how they feel about TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws being passed on their turf, and the Texas Legislature couldn’t help but listen.

During this pivotal moment in time, we at ACOG raised our voices along with the women in Texas. We denounced these unnecessary bills, making it clear that scientific facts are important, that politicians should get out of our exam rooms, and reiterating what should be obvious: Women are fully capable of making important decisions about their own health and should be able to do so without interference from the government. As ob-gyns, it’s our job to inform and support these decisions.

We know that TRAP legislation is being considered in a number of other states. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first—or the last—attempt by politicians to confuse the conversation with inaccurate and misleading information and without regard for what women want. But it’s clear to me that women will continue to stand up for their reproductive rights. And we at ACOG will stand ready to respond with scientific facts, conviction, and common sense on behalf of the women we serve.

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