Stop new reporting requirements for abortions in TX
  • Petitioned Texas Department of State Health Services

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Texas Department of State Health Services

Stop new reporting requirements for abortions in TX

    1. Jessica Luther
    2. Petition by

      Jessica Luther

      Austin, TX

The Texas Department of State Health Services is circumventing the democratic process at the behest of TX State Rep. Bill Zedler, who could not get these new regulations passed through the TX legislature.

These new reporting requirements would force abortion providers in the state to collect and report personal information about people who have abortions and the providers who do them: the patient's highest level of education; whether the patient viewed printed health materials provided by the state; whether the sonogram image, verbal explanation of the image and audio of a heartbeat were made available; whether the patient completed the "Abortion and Sonogram Election form"; the method used to dispose of fetal tissue and remains; if a patient is younger than 18, was consent obtained; and the method of pregnancy verification.

Additionally, the requirements that got loudest response were the "new rules requiring individual physicians to report, within 20 days, any complications resulting from an abortion procedure. Abortion providing facilities already report complications to the DSHS, causing a number of meeting attendees to call the new rule redundant and potentially intimidating, especially to individual abortion-providing physicians who aren't intimately familiar with reporting requirements the way clinical facilities are." (quote from Andrea Grimes at RH Reality Check)

If this cannot be passed through the conservative TX legislature, there is NO reason that DSHS should be writing these new rules into the reporting requirements. And if the DSHS's vision is "A Healthy Texas" it should NOT be passing new rules and regulations that serve only to intimidate abortion providers and their patients.

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    • Angelica Perez AUSTIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing to prevent the severe stigma women face when receiving abortion care.

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    • A Jorda ROANOKE, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      The myopic obsession that certain parties in Texas government have with regulating abortions is sickening and frightening, especially as someone with a uterus. These reporting requirements are a waste of time and money and do nothing for the well being Texans.

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    • Katherine Paschal GARLAND, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Because what I do with MY body is none of the Government's business. My body is not government property.

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      • over 2 years ago

      Abortion is an "ethics" issue of course, but it's also an economic issue. Rich women will always be able to fly to a different country to have a safe, sterile abortion. Poor women, however, may resort to desperate measures if the state doesn't provide safe and secure methods of abortion and birth control. Let's make sure EVERY woman has the right to take charge of her body.

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    • Nik DeWitt LYNNWOOD, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      When was Mr. Zedler born? I'm a baby-boomer from the generation that fought for abortion rights. If this republicon is worried about complications from legal abortions, he should talk to women, "and men", who were around when abortions were illegal. Outlawing abortions will not stop them, it will only return us to the days of dangerous, back room operations. There are many legitimate reasons for someone to require an abortion, rape, incest and/or medical. The republicons want to end financing for abortions, but they don;t say what we should do with the unfortunate babies that are born with life long disabilities.

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