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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Statement on Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Texas for Medication Abortion

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) released the following statement after a Texas man filed suit against three women in state district court in Galveston County for wrongful death for allegedly assisting his ex-wife in terminating her pregnancy:

“The lawsuit filed yesterday in Galveston County against Texas women makes plain not only the extent but the intent of the extreme, dangerous efforts to restrict Texas women’s equality and freedom.  Brought under unprecedented provisions established in Texas Senate Bill 8 to isolate women and target their support networks, and exacerbated by the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs, this lawsuit represents the very real threats Texans and those who love them face every day when making reproductive health care decisions.  But Texas women have led the fight for reproductive freedom and justice, and we will not stop now.”

Congresswoman Fletcher is a leader in the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and has led several efforts to protect access to abortion.  Last year, her bill to protect the right to travel between states to obtain an abortion, the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act, H.R. 8297, passed the House.  She reintroduced the legislation this year and previously introduced legislation challenging the bounty system created in Texas Senate Bill 8.  Congresswoman Fletcher was an original cosponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which establishes a statutory federal right to abortion free from medically unnecessary restrictions.