Health

Texas Bans Doctors and Nurses from Promoting Abortion

| by Michael Allen

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) effectively defunded his state’s Planned Parenthood earlier this year by barring it and any other “abortion affiliates” from receiving funds under the Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP).

However, Gov. Perry's order also includes blocking funding for anyone who promotes abortion.

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The Texas Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a letter where they have expanded their ban from “affiliates” [abortion providers or clinics attached to abortion providers] to “promoters” and those who affiliate with “promoters."

The Dallas Observer explains how the Texas Department of Health and Human Services defines promotion of abortion:

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And what exactly does it mean to “promote” abortion? Providing a patient with a referral to a facility that performs abortions, referring to abortion as “within the continuum of family planning services,” “furnishing or displaying” information to a patient that “publicizes or advertises an abortion service or provider,” or displaying a “brand name” of a healthcare provider that performs abortions.