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(AUSTIN, Texas – June 24, 2022) – Today, John Hawkins, THA president/CEO, issued the following statement regarding today’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Decision.
“Today’s decision will dramatically impact the issue of women’s reproductive health, as the Texas trigger law is now set to take effect next month according to language in the authorizing bill. While the vast majority of abortions do not happen in Texas hospitals, hospitals will stay abreast of the new laws and work with their patients to promote the healthiest outcomes. The health of pregnant women and overall maternal health has been a central focus of Texas hospitals in recent years, and strides have been made to improve this landscape for women. This work includes coverage expansions for pregnant women, programs to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, and improvements in patient safety, including reductions in obstetric hypertension and hemorrhage cases. As hospitals, we are committed to protecting patient health, first and foremost, as well as the availability of equitable access to safe health care services.”