The 2016 Legislative session will bring about some familiar anti-choice attacks from last year as well as new legislation to restrict family planning access. There is good news though! We will be seeing a bill to make birth control access simpler as well as a bill to help fight the sexual assault crisis young people face on campuses across the state.
Returning this year will be the annual attempt to block abortion access for low income women under the guise of “taxpayer protection.” We will also see the Target Regulation of Abortion Providers bill from last year reintroduced. This law is nothing but an attempt to close 4 of our 5 remaining abortion clinics under the illusion of women’s safety. For a little look at what these laws do John Oliver had a great segment on TRAP laws and how they impact clinics across the nation and what they’ve meant for abortion providers and women in Texas.
On the Pro-Choice front we will see a bill introduced to expand birth control prescriptions from 3 month pill packs to 12 month packs as a means to simplify access for people using the pill. There will also be an affirmative consent bill introduced that is aimed at reducing rape on college campuses and make prosecution of sexual assaults simpler.