Urgent threat to women’s rights/human rights: HB 1243 (Texas)
Tue, March 22, 2011 • 10:30 AM • House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Look no further than the Texas Capitol for an urgent threat to women’s rights/human rights, this time in the form of HB 1243, which will penalize pregnant women who use controlled substances. It is very likely that this bill, if it becomes law, will disproportionately punish women of color and poor women— as well as their children and families. For more information on this you can visit the National Advocates for Pregnant Women page.
This legislation would create a gender specific penalty for women who are pregnant and use a controlled substance. These news are especially dire given that Texas has moved forward with a bill that requires women to get an ultrasound before seeking an abortion (as well as limiting funding for birth control and abortions). Despite efforts such as Planned Parenthood's rally on lobby day, women's rights continue to be violated.
You have the opportunity to show up at the Texas State Capitol to show your disapproval of this bill early on Tuesday, March 22. You can find out the status of any bill (search by author, topic/key word, or bill number), and information about all scheduled hearings, and you can watch hearings online, via the Texas Legislature Online.