2021 Legislative Priorities
These are the bills we’re watching during the 2021 Texas legislative session. If you want updates all session long about how to fight for youth reproductive rights, sign up here — especially if you’re a young person under the age of 18 in Texas and want to take action!
If you want to also track any of these bills, check out our blog post on how to track a bill. Links to each of the bills are included below.
Birth Control Access for Teens
State Representative Ana-Maria Ramos (HD 102) has filed the My Body, My Future Bill, HB 3369, to allow young people under the age of 18 in Texas to be able to consent to birth control in Texas. This bill is the first effort to repeal the parental consent requirement for birth control that was passed in 1998.
HB 296: Teen parents consenting to birth control
Right now, Texans under 18 cannot consent to birth control — even if they already have a child. This bill would allow teen parents to consent to their own birth control.
Texans under 18 can receive health insurance under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This bill would have CHIP cover birth control for eligible teens in the program.
Expanding Access to Abortion
Texas prohibits public and private health insurance from covering abortion care. This bill — led by our abortion fund friends at Frontera Fund, Lilith Fund, and TEA Fund — would remove the bans and allow state insurance to cover abortion.
This omnibus bill would repeal multiple abortion restrictions in Texas, including manditory sonogram, 24-hour waiting period, and parental consent for young people.
Improving Sex Education
Would remove unconstitutional language that still remains in Texas statute declaring homosexual conduct to be illegal, and would remove references to this language from requirements for sex education.
Safe and Healthy Communities for All Young People
The women’s health advisory commission’s was created to provide recommendations on the state’s women’s health programs and is to be comprised of health care providers from separate geographic areas of the state who have experience in operating women’s health programs.
This bill would mandate a report on youth in the managing conservatorship of the department who are pregnant or who are parents.
HB 492: Prohibits issuance of no-knock warrants
Relating to a prohibition on the issuance of a warrant authorizing the use of a no-knock entry by a peace officer.
Barriers to Abortion and Birth Control
In 2019 Austin City Council approved funding for logistical support for abortion access. This bill would ban this funding.