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Royce West on Abortion

 

 


A woman has the right to make decisions about her body

A woman has the right to make decisions about her body -- it is that simple. Any issue involving a woman's healthcare is between her and her doctor, and that's where we need to leave it. I am dedicated to continuing this fight in Washington, where Roe vs. Wade is under attack, and the continued appointment of anti-choice Supreme Court Justices could result in a catastrophic blow to women's reproductive freedom.
Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website RoyceWest.com , Dec 19, 2019

Pro-choice, but voted for parental consent

West said he supports abortion rights and has the record to show it. But he's previously upset advocacy groups when he voted to support bills that require parental consent for minors seeking abortions. "I've always sided with being pro-choice, but on that particular legislation, my personal belief is that the parents should be involved in those decisions," he said.
Source: The Dallas Morning News on 2020 Texas Senate race , Jul 28, 2019

Opposes restrictions of judicial bypass for minor's abortion

House Bill 3994 amends the statutory provisions governing judicial bypass, the process by which a judge may grant a pregnant minor who wishes to have an abortion an exemption from requirements that a parent be notified and consent to the procedure.

The bill's language says that, "A physician shall presume that a pregnant woman is a minor unless the woman presents a valid government record of identification showing that she has reached the age of maturity," essentially creating the same ID requirements that Texas's controversial voter ID law holds for those seeking abortions. That's a significant issue for undocumented Texans seeking abortions.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 21-10-0 on May/26/15; Sen. West voted NO; passed House 102-43-2 on May/29/15; signed by Governor Greg Abbott Jun/19/15.

Source: Texas Monthly on Texas legislative voting records: HB3994 , May 26, 2015

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