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Medication Abortion Ban Takes Effect

For Immediate Release Contact: Kristen Ylana

December 2, 2021

Statement Regarding Senate Bill 4

Austin, TX—Today, Senate Bill 4, also known as the Medication Abortion Ban, goes into effect in Texas. This bill, like the other anti-abortion bills, ignores science, medicine, and the real needs of Texans. The Texas Women’s Health Caucus stands firmly against SB 4 and any other policy that seeks to create barriers to abortion care by making the process of recieving care unnecessarily long, expensive, and full of obstacles. Our Chairwoman, Rep. Donna Howard, released the following statement:

“Once again, the Texas Legislature has prioritized politics over the needs of everyday Texans. Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) bans the use of medication abortion drugs after 49 days gestation which is before the majority of people know they are pregnant and is in direct contradiction to the safety guidelines determined by the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, SB 4 creates medically unnecessary and impractical reporting requirements for physicians in an effort to falsely promote claims of ‘significant medical complications’ and to dissuade them from providing abortions with burdensome documention. Medication abortion is one of the safest and simplest practices that modern medicine has to offer with a safety record of over 99%. There is no legitimate reason to further regulate this medication. Instead of focusing on increasing access to women’s health services by fully funding women’s health programs, or following the recommendation of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force by extending the Medicaid for Pregnant Women’s program to 12 months, Texas will once again implement a completely unnecessary and medically inaccurate law.”


For questions regarding information in this media advisory, please contact Kristen Ylana, Executive Director of the Texas Women’s Health Caucus, at or 512-463-0631.


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