AUSTIN - Today, Senator Sylvia Garcia participated in the Trust. Respect. Access. rally to restore trust in Texans to make their own reproductive health care decisions, respect for health care professionals' judgment about patient care and access to the full range of reproductive health care in Texas. There were hundreds of individuals, including college students, present at the rally held on the Capitol steps this afternoon.
Also, earlier this week she filed SB 707 with the goal of reducing repeat teen pregnancy. Texas has the highest rate of repeat teen pregnancy in the nation.
"I'm proud to continue the fight to proactively promote common sense policies that improve access to reproductive health care and reduce unintended pregnancies, especially among teenagers. My bill will allow teenage mothers to have access to the Texas Woman's Health Program for their annual exams and to also get birth control to prevent any future unintended pregnancies. We already trust these young mothers to care for their child, so we should also support and trust them to make decisions for their own personal health, including permission to get birth control."