Women's Health

How Texas Plans to Trap Abortion Seekers

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In 1991, Kathrin K. and her husband were stopped by German border guards as they crossed back into the country on their way home from neighboring Holland on the suspicion they were carrying illegal drugs. Instead of drugs, however, the guards found “incriminating evidence”—specifically, a plastic bag containing a nightgown, sanitary pad and towels. These items suggested that…

Texas highways become abortion rights battleground

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Texas highways have become a new battleground in the battle over access to abortion. Anti-abortion activists in Texas are going around the state encouraging local communities to make it illegal to use roads in their jurisdictions to travel for an abortion out of state. “This is an issue that is, I think, shocking to so many of us in Texas, and at the same time, not really surprising,…

NCJW Houston combats period poverty in Texas

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U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher participates in annual packing party National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Houston Section hosted U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher at the first NCJW Houston Period Project packing party of the year on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC. More than 30 NCJW volunteers, some as young as 6, joined Fletcher and her staff to package 675 period product…

U.S. House adopts Texas Republican’s amendment blocking Pentagon abortion policy

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A sharply divided U.S. House voted Thursday to amend the annual defense policy bill to ban a Biden administration policy that allowed service members to be reimbursed for abortion-related travel and other expenses. U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Amarillo, introduced the amendment with the backing of Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin, and 70 other Republican co-sponsors. Jackson argued that…

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Publishes 2023 Mid-Year Report

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) published her 2023 Mid-Year Report, detailing her work on behalf of Texas’ Seventh Congressional District from January through June this year.  The report highlights Congresswoman Fletcher’s work on legislative and constituent matters. “From introducing legislation important to our community, to ensuring implementation of major…

Houston representative introduces abortion care training bill

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Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs decision, which stripped federal abortion protections and led to conservative states enacting severe abortion bans and restrictions — which has created challenges for Texas medical students. Why it matters: Students now must travel out of state to learn comprehensive abortion care in a…

Democrats’ new fronts on abortion

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364 DAYS SINCE DOBBS — Saturday marks one year since the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion across the nation. The landmark case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, redrew battle lines across the country, including on Capitol Hill, where there are familiar fights playing out alongside fresh legislative questions. Democrats are fighting —…

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland, and Congresswoman Cori Bush Reintroduce Bill To Assist Travel for Abortion Care

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), and Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) reintroduced the Reproductive Health Travel Fund Act to establish a grant program to help ease the financial burden of women and families being forced to travel, sometimes long distances, to access abortion care.  The reintroduction comes as abortion…

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, Congressman Ami Bera, Congresswoman Kim Schrier, and Congressman Mark Pocan Introduce Bill To Expand Reproductive Health Care Training to Medical Students

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Reproductive Health Care Training Act

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-06), Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) introduced the Reproductive Health Care Training Act.  The Reproductive Health Care Training Act creates a grant program to establish medical programs in states where abortion is legal, so that students,…

Harris Co. to receive $1.4 million in federal funding to combat Black maternal mortality

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, Black women in the United States are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. The statistics are worse in Harris County where Black women are three-and-a-half times more likely to die during childbirth than their white counterparts. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston) announced that $1.4…