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September 17, 2021 Press Release


September 17, 2021




Response to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra’s Actions Supporting Abortion Providers and Patients in the Wake of Texas SB8

Statement from Molly Bangs, Director, Equity Forward

"What a difference a year makes. From a health department that attacked, undermined and dismantled abortion and birth control access at every chance, to today, with Secretary Becerra stating that he has patients’ and providers’ backs. 

Not only is HHS putting the power of its agency behind concrete solutions to alleviate some of the needs in Texas and its surrounding states, but it is also affirming that abortion providers and patients everywhere should be treated with dignity and respect. At an extremely dangerous moment for abortion access and reproductive rights in the United States, this is the type of federal leadership we need to protect and bolster the work of advocates and providers on the ground."

Link to Statement by HHS

Equity Forward’s Profile on Becerra at HHS Watch



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