Chamber of Progress, EFF, PEN America urge Texas legislature to stop HB 2690
On Wednesday, a coalition of digital rights and free speech groups wrote to Texas lawmakers, urging them to reject H.B. 2690, an abortion censorship bill. The legislation would compel Internet providers to block certain abortion websites and would force platforms to proactively censor information about abortion access or mutual aid funds. Signers included Chamber of Progress, a tech industry organization; PEN America, a free expression group; and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a digital rights group.
The letter states:
“As drafted, H.B. 2690 may lead to services censoring direct messages between patients and caregivers on how to obtain safe care. It may also force services to block or censor telemedicine counseling services in which medical professionals advise pregnant people on a variety of reproductive health services, including but not limited to legal abortions.”
“Restricting access to factual information about abortion access would pose harm to all women, especially communities of color and to low-income women. It is already especially difficult for underserved racial and ethnic minority people to access and use reproductive health services as needed. Women who already have challenges accessing health care may especially depend on the Internet to find and receive accurate information about reproductive health.”
For more on the impacts of Texas’s H.B. 2690, read Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich’s op-ed this week in the Austin American-Statesman.
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