Revised Texas abortion pamphlets offers questionable advice

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HOUSTON — If you feel pressured or coerced into having an abortion — call 911!

A bit too much? Maybe, but an updated pamphlet labeled "A Woman's Right to Know" put that misinformed advice in print!

The 24-page booklet is something all women deciding to end their pregnancy in Texas have to read as part of a three-day, state-mandated program.

“The idea that women should phone 911 is simply outrageous,” Rochelle Tafolla of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast said.

It’s the first time the Texas Department of State Health Services has updated “A Woman’s Right to Know” in 12 years.

And as far as the 911 call, the Texas Right to Life takes credit for that one, to an extent.

“I think it’s a misreading of what the booklet actually says. I think there are instances in which a woman could be actually under the threat of assault or in an abusive situation in which she should call 911,” Senior Legislative Associate Emily Horne of Texas Right to Life said.

Another pamphlet problem: it’s not medically accurate in some cases.

"An inaccurate link between abortion and breast cancer which has been debunked by many cancer organizations and leading scientists, as well as an increased risk any mental health issues,” Tafolla said.

In a statement, the Health and Human Services Commission told NewsFix they “… carefully studied the medical and scientific research available...” and that the booklet is “...helpful, user friendly and medically accurate.”

And medical accuracy is what it should all boil down to, right?!

“Every piece of information in there should be medically accurate, it should not be influenced by anyone who’s ideologically driven, and that’s exactly what happened,” Tafolla said.