It was an historic moment for Texans when we Rosie’s Law was introduced in the Texas legislature in January this year. And to be honest, it was invigorating to fight for something positive coming from state lawmakers for once.
That’s because had it passed, Rosie’s Law would have expanded medicare to cover abortion. It is named for Rosie Jimenez, a woman from the Rio Grande Valley who died after seeking an unsafe abortion. Rosie was the first known person to die after passage of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibited coverage of abortion for Medicaid recipients.
Here’s the thing. As we come to the end of the legislative session, we know the bill will not move forward.
But we fought hard for Rosie’s Law because we believe that when we force a conversation about abortion care, and the deadly consequences of not having access to it, we are making the kind of change that will last beyond one legislative session or one law.
That’s why our work is really beginning as the session is ending. We are committed to the long-term fight for abortion access. If you are down to fight for Rosie’s Law no matter how long it takes, to work for expanding abortion access with or without the legislature, and to show up in this crucial moment, let us know now.
It will take all of us to get to a place where abortion access is real for everyone in Texas and in the US, and we are in this together.