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May 5, 2021 — Today, the Texas House advanced Senate Bill 8, a six-week abortion ban, to the final stage of the legislative process. Once the bill receives final passage, it will go to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk to be signed into law and take effect Sept. 1.  

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

“Fighting to protect abortion access is never easy in the Texas Legislature, but we will always fight for essential health care access. We are incredibly grateful to our Legislative Champions in the Texas House who shared their moving personal stories and lifted that each person deserves the right to make personal, private health care decisions. Thank you to the Texas Women’s Health Caucus and Chair Donna Howard for leading the efforts against these extreme bills that are overwhelmingly opposed by Texans from across the political spectrum. 

“The majority of Texans support safe, legal abortion. This bill is about nothing more than politics and is fueled by extremist efforts to ban abortion outright. Planned Parenthood will do everything it can to protect its patients. This fight does not end here.” 


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