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Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Statement on 
Governor Abbott’s Anti-Abortion Attack 

Gov. Abbott uses anti-abortion politics to distract from his absent leadership during COVID-19 

February 1, 2021 — Gov. Abbott used his State of the State address tonight to make it clear that he is more interested in scoring political points by touting his continued attacks on abortion access than dealing with the public health crisis at-hand. 

Statement of Dyana Limon-Mercado, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes 

“More than 2 million Texans have been infected with COVID-19, yet Gov. Abbott is focused on attacking people’s constitutionally-protected right to access abortion. This is a distraction — in the style of Trump politics — that ignores the real health care needs of Texans and prioritizes scoring political points with his base, much like when he temporarily banned abortion at the start of the pandemic. And, in just days, the state will move to ban Planned Parenthood from providing care to Texans insured through Medicaid.  

“The majority of Texans support access to safe, legal abortion and believe that medical decisions are personal and private. Gov. Abbott says he wants to protect our ‘freedoms’ as Texans, but that protection does not extend to women and people who need to access essential and time-sensitive abortion care. Planned Parenthood will always keep up the fight for health care, no matter what, while the Governor continues to fail so many in need.” 


Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV) is the nonpartisan policy, advocacy and political arm for the Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas.