Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Dan Patrick

Lieutenant Governor of Texas
President of the Senate


Lt. Governor Patrick on
Texas' Defense of HB2 at the U.S. Supreme Court

AUSTIN - I applaud Ken Paxton for defending House Bill 2 (HB2) before the United States
Supreme Court. HB2 which passed during the 83rd legislative session, ensures the health and
safety of women at facilities by holding the clinics to the same standards as ambulatory surgical
centers while also requiring practitioners to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30
miles of the facility. HB2 was upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals but is now under
attack in our nation's highest court.
As the proud author of the sonogram bill and co-writer of HB2, I fully support Paxton's effort
and I remain committed to protecting women's health and safety when making such a fateful
and life-altering decision.