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Who is NARAL?

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One of the leading pro-abortion organizations in Texas is the National Abortion and Reproductive RIghts League (NARAL) Pro-Choice Texas. They have made their presence known in Texas over the last few legislative sessions as the State has worked to criminalize various aspects of abortion, and has continued to remove funding from abortion clinics.

NARAL formerly existed as the Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (ARAL) which began having an influence on the abortion debate in 1969 leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Roe v. Wade. The national organization is currently run by Illyse Hogue  and the Texas chapter is run by Heather Busby with the assistance of the rest of the chapter’s staff.

Their legislative priorities are presented quite clearly on their website, ProChoiceTexas.Org:

  • Statewide Abortion Access: Of course, the primary function of an pro-abortion organization is ensuring access to abortion providers. They do this by opposing legislation that restricts abortion and promoting initiatives that  provide more freedom and funding for abortion clinics. Their methods are outlined as follows: “Through our local and state policy work, we are fighting to ensure all Texans can access abortion care with dignity, support and free from political interference.

  • Defund Crisis Pregnancy Centers: They refer to crisis pregnancy centers as “non-medical facilities that exist to prevent people facing unintended pregnancies from accessing abortion services.” It is one of their key legislative priorities to remove any State funds currently going to crisis pregnancy centers.

  • Statewide Contraception Access:  NARAL includes “emergency contraception” (products like the Morning After Pill and Plan B) in their call for statewide access to contraception. Their aim in providing contraception is to “reduce unintended pregnancies and save the state millions of dollars in Medicaid spending.”

Though NARAL’s work is largely legislative in nature, they also offer several training courses which include Online & Community Organizing, Government Engagement, and Reproductive Justice 101. Their activism education is advanced through training programs and partnerships including:

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