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On Watch

RECEIVED Mon., April 12, 2021

Dear Editor,
    The “modern” Texas Republican Party (TRP) preaches, nay demands, responsibility and accountability. The modern TRP has been “on watch” (a phrase that means that someone or some group is responsible for paying attention to something, usually something involving danger to people) in the state of Texas for 34 years. So, let’s do a logic exercise re: the 2021 failure of the Texas power grid that caused death and misery to hundreds of thousands of Texas residents, including children and senior citizens.
    The modern TRP has been on watch in Texas since 1979, with the exception of 1983-1987 and 1991-1995 (8 years). ERCOT was formed in 1970. I’m going to let you all do the math and figure out for yourselves who failed to be on watch for the safety of Texas citizens for a large chunk of time and who should take responsibility for the results of the failed watch. By the way, you all might want to check out the history of the “Democratic" Party in the state of Texas starting in 1866.
Ann Teich

Oppose Reproductive Restriction

RECEIVED Fri., April 9, 2021

Dear Editor,
    Texas legislators should prioritize the global COVID-19 pandemic this legislative session, rather than attack women’s reproductive freedom with additional abortion restrictions. Texas has dozens of restrictions that create systemic obstacles for people seeking an abortion, yet each legislative session lawmakers continue to push for medically unnecessary and burdensome restrictions with one politically motivated goal – to ban abortion in Texas by overturning Roe v. Wade (1973).
    Senate Bill 8 and its companion House Bill 1515 would prevent a woman from having an abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which can be as early as six weeks. Most women do not know they are pregnant at six weeks, so the “heartbeat bill” would effectively ban abortion in the state without any exceptions for rape or incest. In addition, the bill would allow any Texan to have standing to sue an abortion provider if they thought they were in violation of Texas laws, which would pave the way for frivolous lawsuits. This would allow a rapist to sue their victim’s doctor, rape counselor, and family.
    Senate Bill 394 and its companion House Bill 2337 would ban pill-induced abortions after seven weeks. Guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration have approved the use of abortion pills until 10 weeks. In 2019, nearly 40% of abortions in Texas were pill-induced, according to state statistics.
    Abortion is a basic health care necessity for millions of women who become pregnant and is known to be safer than childbirth. A study from Obstetrics & Gynecology found that the risks associated with childbirth outweigh the risks associated with abortion by 14 times.
   I encourage you to contact your elected officials to voice your opposition to SB 8/HB 1515 and SB 394/HB 2337.
CARISA BALMOS
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