Rep. Molly S. White Files Coerced Abortion Prevention Bill to Protect Pregnant Women

February 19, 2015

By Rep. Molly White

Legislation to stop coerced abortions is being passed across the United States. 20 states have enacted anti-coercion laws: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.

HB 1648, by Rep. Molly S. White, addresses the problem that over half the abortions in the United States are coerced. The bill will protect pregnant minors and adult women from coerced abortions by:

1) Requiring the abortionist and abortion clinic staff to screen for coercion.
2) Requiring the abortion clinic to post signs about coerced abortion.
3) Providing women who indicate that they are suffering abuse or who are victims of coercion with access to a private room with a confidential phone line and a directory of law enforcement, help hotlines, and assistance programs to help protect her from the coercive situation.

HB 1648, the Coerced Abortion Prevention bill, gives women freedom, protection, resources and the legal framework to protect them from an unwanted abortion.

Rep. Molly S. White’s personal experience with abortion and her subsequent pro-life work has put her in contact with many women who had been denied the right to give birth, and propelled her to address this injustice against pregnant women.

“The Coerced Abortion Prevention Bill” will protect women who are trafficked and forced to abort by their traffickers,” said Rep. Molly White.

The bill is a response to several studies that reveal a common element in the lives of women who abort –coercion. A 1986 survey found that 53% of 252 post-abortive women said they were forced to undergo an abortion. The Medical College of Ohio conducted a study where one-third of the women reported that they were coerced to undergo an abortion. In 1992, a study of the psychological consequences of abortion found up to 60% of abortions in America are coerced.

As further witness, Dallas DPS Captain Jeff Williams testified to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking that he had personally rescued victims of human trafficking who had been coerced into abortions in order to keep them working as sex slaves.

HB 1648, the Coerced Abortion Prevention bill, will enable Texas to join other states in protecting pregnant women and addressing the issues associated with human trafficking.

Contact:
Hannah Bell
(512) 463-0630

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