From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
June 18, 2013
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Van de Putte: SB 5 Punishes Texas Women

(Austin) — Tonight, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 5, the omnibus abortion regulation bill of the special session. Senator Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, voted against SB 5 and issued the following statement:

"Tonight, a majority of my colleagues advanced a bill that they claim would protect women's health and safety. In fact, it will deny them their constitutional rights.

"It is obvious that the real goal of this bill is to make it harder, even impossible, for women to elect a procedure that is perfectly legal — especially women who live hundreds of miles from major urban areas, the only places in the state that will still have abortion facilities if this bill becomes law.

"Those of us who support reproductive rights want abortion to be legal, safe and rare. I know supporters of SB 5 will never agree with me on the first part, but I know we all agree on the latter two. If abortion is to be rare, it must be because it is unnecessary, not inaccessible."