Equipping Advocates to Restore Reproductive Rights

With the passage of Senate Bill 8 and the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, Texans are mobilizing to restore reproductive rights and close gaps in access to care. With funding from the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation, a coalition including the ACLU of Texas, Avow, Deeds Not Words, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, Progress Texas and the Texas Freedom Network commissioned an in-depth poll to learn Texans’ attitudes regarding abortion rights and inform advocacy efforts.

Equipping Advocates to Safeguard Reproductive RightsThe findings were striking – six in 10 Texas voters support abortion being available in all or most cases, with only 11 percent favoring a total ban, which is what is in place now following the implementation of a “trigger ban” in August. Consistent with Texans’ longstanding appreciation for individual rights, an overwhelming two thirds of respondents agreed that people should make their own decisions about abortion without the government interfering.

This data confirms that most Texans support a different path for our state. However, the Foundation recognizes that progress will take time, and remains steadfast in our commitment to invest in and partner with those working boldly toward reproductive rights and a more just and humane Texas.

For example, through its “I Am an RJ Voter” campaign, The Afiya Center empowers Black women and transgender/non-conforming Texans to advance reproductive freedom, aligning the need for abortion access alongside the need to address other health and economic disparities. The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice-Texas cultivates a base of “Poderosas” who inform and engage Latina/x communities to build power to fight for reproductive rights, shift cultural narratives and shape policy. Texas Impact is activating an interfaith coalition of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Texans to call for the repeal of recent restrictions. And through its “HTown Votes” campaign, Houston in Action commissioned local artists of color to create a series of public art pieces aimed at mobilizing young people to make their voice heard at the ballot box.

Photos courtesy of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice-Texas.