Texas Democrats: On Abortion Rights and Voting Rights, “I Don’t Want To Go Back”

It’s been a little over a week since Texas Democratic state legislators decamped to Washington, D.C., in protest over Gov. Greg Abbott’s uncompromising agenda during the state’s special legislative session. Republican attempts to pass extreme voter suppression legislation are taking up the bulk of media attention—understandably. But the fight isn’t just for voting rights: It’s also about reproductive rights, which are under severe attack in the Lone Star State.

Texas state Rep. Donna Howard is one of the Democrats that fled the state. As a registered nurse and current chair of the Texas Women’s Health Caucus, Howard spoke to Ms. late last week to discuss the flawed assumptions behind the Republican push to restrict abortion access in Texas and the real-life impact of these laws on everyday Texans.

Restrictive Laws Don’t Prevent Abortion

Wherever they live, whatever the laws of their countries, women will terminate unintended pregnancies, so access to a safe abortion must be included in essential health care.

With new restrictions on abortion headed to the Supreme Court, many are wondering what it will mean for women if Roe v. Wade is overturned. We looked to other countries for answers.

Katherine Clark Introduces Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act: “We Owe It to the Global Community”

“State Department reporting on violations of reproductive rights should not be subject to whiplash between the policies of the occupants of the White House. Congress has an important role to ensure that the U.S. is consistently and unbiasedly reporting on the rights violations that impact women around the world, without political interference.”

Katherine Clark’s Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act would require the State Department include reporting on contraception and abortion access, STD rates and prevention efforts, maternal health, and rates and causes of pregnancy-related injuries and death, including unsafe abortions.

The Infuriating Case of Toxic Chemicals in Breast Milk

The first study in 15 years to analyze per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in breast milk from mothers in the United States indicates that both legacy and current-use PFAS now contaminate breast milk, exposing nursing infants.

We can no longer position worried moms as the front line of defense between their child’s health and the chemical industry. We need a government that regulates chemicals.