Lauren Windsor, executive director of the political advocacy organization American Family Voices and web series reporter The Undercurrent, showed the governor’s “big fan” at an event on October 11 and asked “what else can”.
“Can you do something in the morning after pills and birth control, because I think this is destroying the structure of our society, encouraging women to be clean,” Mrs Windsor asked the governor.
In his response, the governor sought to ban the use of emergency contraceptives — legal and available in the state — with abortion-inducing drugs, which Mr Abbott mails to the state.
The governor said he had signed a “provocative law,” which would create a statewide abortion ban when the US Supreme Court overturns a significant decision Roe v. Wade, Which provides constitutional protection for women’s health care, without waiting for state legislative action.
“So basically, we have banned abortion in Texas,” he said in the video.
When pressed, “You can do anything to get ahead,” including the ban on over-the-counter emergency contraception, he replied: “I don’t know. I don’t know.”
Independent The governor’s office has asked for a response.
The US Justice Department on Monday asked the federal appeals court to halt the implementation of the state’s latest abortion law, which prohibits abortion in the state six weeks after pregnancy – long before many people knew they were pregnant – including rape cases.
The Justice Department’s motion follows a three-judge panel’s decision to temporarily restore the law, granting an administrative injunction on the lower court’s injunction when considering the state’s argument on legal challenges.
Governor Abbott signed another measure into law that would prevent healthcare providers from sending abortion drugs to patients who are more than seven weeks pregnant – down from 10 weeks. Established in 2016 by the Food and Drug Administration, it was established that such drugs are safe to use for 70 days or 10 weeks after conception.
No laws in the state prohibit birth control or emergency contraception, such as the “morning-after” pill, which the FDA approved in 2013 over-the-counter purchases.
But the new laws have raised concerns among health professionals who are already struggling with a flood of misinformation, and have raised concerns among Texans about whether new measures could affect their access to health care, including birth control and other drugs. Reporting from BuzzFeed News.
Armed with misinformation campaigns and anti-abortion activists, American conservatives have long associated abortion-induced drugs with prescription birth control and contraception.
In 2014, the Supreme Court upheld anti-abortion activists — for-profit companies — citing religious objections — to prevent their health care systems from paying for birth control, which they mistakenly believed were drugs that stimulated abortion.
Last year, the nation’s highest court ruled in favor of the Donald Trump administration, allowing employers, once again citing religious objections, to offer insurers no-cost birth control to exclude the Affordable Care Act mandate.
This year, GOP lawmakers in Missouri tried to ban Medicaid from covering emergency contraceptives and uterine devices – which they mistakenly compared to abortion.
Texas — which has the ninth highest rate of teen pregnancy in the US — is one of two states where the state child insurance program does not cover contraceptives for low-income adolescents. According to this Texas Tribune.
The state program provides exceptions for adolescents seeking birth control for medical problems such as anemia, endometriosis, and heavy periods, though the state needs extensive review to verify that drugs are not used to prevent pregnancy.