Brief of Institute for Women’s Policy Research, National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter of National Association of Social Workers, and Re:Gender as Amici Curiae In Support of Petitioners (Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole)

Institute for Women's Policy Research

January 5, 2016
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Amici the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the National Association of Social Workers, the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and Re:Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women) are organizations committed to improving the health and well-being of women and their families nationally and in the state of Texas. They have submitted an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole that sets forth the particularly poor health and well-being outcomes facing women and their families in the state of Texas, including higher cancer incidence and mortality rates, lower life expectancy, and lack of access to affordable health and prenatal care. The brief explains how these poor health outcomes in part reflect policy choices of the Texas legislature. It concludes by arguing that, although Texas has justified H.B. 2 as legislation intended to improve the health of women in the state, Texas’s track record suggests otherwise, and the Supreme Court should thus take into account Texas’s failure to implement various health promotion policies as it assesses whether the stated purpose behind H.B. 2 withstands constitutional scrutiny.