Allred Calls on Texas Medical Board to Prioritize Protecting Health of the Mother to Reduce Harm of Texas’ Extreme Ban

DALLAS –  Congressman Colin Allred released the following statement following the Texas Medical Board’s hearing on guidance for medical professionals related to medically necessary abortions. Texas has one of the strictest abortion bans in the country, and the narrow medical exemption has been extremely difficult for doctors and medical professionals to navigate, endangering women across the state. The Medical Board will vote on final rules in June. 

“Texas women are being denied life-saving care in our state and medical professionals are afraid they will be prosecuted for doing their jobs, yet Ted Cruz called Texas’ abortion ban ‘perfectly reasonable,’” said Allred. “Yesterday’s hearing again demonstrated the harm and confusion caused by Texas’ extreme abortion laws, which have no exceptions for rape, incest or unviable pregnancies. Any new rules from the Medical Board should prioritize protecting the health of the mother. I will always fight for critical health care decisions to be in the hands of women and their doctors – not politicians like Ted Cruz.” 

In addition to spotlighting the harrowing testimonies of women denied medically necessary abortions in Texas, medical professionals at the hearing expressed the “vague,” “confusing” and “unworkable” nature of the medical board’s initial guidance. Currently, physicians must navigate these rules or risk consequences like life in prison, a $100,000 fine, or the loss of their medical license.  

Allred has long championed protecting women’s right to access abortion, has been a leading voice against restricting women’s right to interstate travel, and has voted to codify Roe v. Wade’s protections to restore national abortion access. He also supports codifying protection for IVF in federal law and has worked to expand access to affordable birth control and over-the-counter contraception.

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