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Planned Parenthood Action Fund: Tonight, Texans Won

Contact: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Media Office, 212-261-4433

For Immediate Release: 06.26.13

“This fight showed once again that we are all better off when women and their doctors – not politicians – are the ones making medical decisions. We made history tonight, but we know this isn’t the end of the fight to protect women’s access to health care in Texas." - Cecile Richards

AUSTIN – With thousands of Texans descending on the state Capitol over the past week to protest and an epic 13 hour filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis and her colleagues, supporters of women’s health successfully defeated dangerous legislation that would virtually end access to safe and legal abortion across the state.  The legislation has now been defeated both in regular session and this month’s special legislative session.    

Following is a statement from Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“What has happened here in Texas over the course of the last week is nothing short of remarkable.  Facing near-impossible odds, thousands of Texans descended on Austin to make their voices heard – telling their legislators that they would not stand for legislation that would hurt thousands of women and essentially end access to safe, legal abortion.  Tonight, Texans won.    

“Governor Perry knew all along he couldn't pass this bill by the books.  He and his allies resorted to shutting down the debate, blocking testimony from the very women whose lives would be affected, voting in the middle of the night, and employing cheap tricks to try shut down a heroic filibuster by Senator Wendy Davis.    

“This fight showed once again that we are all better off when women and their doctors – not politicians – are the ones making medical decisions. We made history tonight, but we know this isn’t the end of the fight to protect women’s access to health care in Texas. We thank State Senator Wendy Davis and every other legislator who stood up for women, and we urge Governor Perry and his allies to focus on the issues that Texans want them to address, and leave the medical decision-making to women and their doctors.

“Tonight, we sent a message to Governor Perry and every politician who wants to interfere in women’s medical decisions: Enough is enough. With every attack, Governor Perry and his friends are creating a new generation of activists, and changing this state forever.” 

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.