The latest fight is playing out in Texas, where the state requires that abortion facilities provide women with an informed consent booklet before they have an abortion. The booklet, A Woman’s Right to Know, provides crucial information about a woman’s rights and pregnancy options, according to Texas Right to Life.
Now, Texas plans to update the booklet, and the proposed revisions have abortion activists upset.
CBS News reports pro-abortion groups in Texas are angry that the booklet contains information about how abortions can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer and depression. Abortion activists have been denying these risks for years, despite a growing number of studies showing links.
Alexa Garcia-Ditta, a Texas NARAL spokeswoman, told CBS: “This is driven by political ideology and not science. It requires doctors to give their patients misinformation.”
Her group also is upset by revisions that cite research showing how unborn babies can feel pain by 20 weeks of pregnancy, and the replacement of the words “embryo” and “fetus” with “your baby.” Abortion activists even claimed that the informed consent booklet is bad because women claim to have been traumatized after reading the information.
The pro-abortion group said it teamed up with other abortion groups to generate more than 5,000 comments to the state, critical of the revisions and the booklet as a whole.
Texas Right to Life said the information is accurate, scientifically-based and strongly pro-life.
“Abortionists won’t tell women the truth about their life-affirming options, the development of the preborn child, or the risks involved in abortions. That’s why Texas MUST keep this information in the A Woman’s Right to Know booklet given to women 24 hours before their abortions,” the organization wrote in a blog post Friday.
Texas RTL said the booklet contains important information about the life-affirming alternatives and resources available to women and their babies. The pro-life group also urged pro-lifers to send comments to the state and recommend additional changes. They include:
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