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Elizabeth Ela Testifies at House State Affairs Committee Hearing on HB 1929

Mon, April 1, 2019
Elizabeth Ela Testifies at House State Affairs Committee Hearing on HB 1929

TxPEP postdoctoral fellow Dr. Elizabeth Ela testified on April 1, 2019 at the House State Affairs Committee Hearing on HB 1929. HB 1929 would ban local governments from entering into a taxpayer resource transaction with an abortion provider or an affiliate of an abortion provider.

In her testimony, made on behalf of herself and Dr. Joseph Potter, Ela states that the bill would "deprive a substantial number of Texas women of access to high quality reproductive health care."  She said that this bill follows on two previous measures, both of which had adverse consequences for Texas women: the 2011 family planning cuts and the removal of Planned Parenthood from the Women’s Health Program in January 2013. 

Ela concluded, "The bottom line is that not all providers are equal in quality, and experience matters. Something substantial would be lost if this bill were passed and local governments wishing to contract reproductive health services would no longer be free to choose the organization or clinic that they considered to be the most competent in their community."

Read the full testimony here.  

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