Last updated on: 5/9/2017 | Author:

Heather Busby, JD Biography

Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas
Pro to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"

“Contraception can fail. The best plans do not always work out. And when that happens, abortion is an essential part of health care. Abortion allows women to plan and space their pregnancies, which improves their physical, psychological and economic well-being. Evidence shows that people who are able to obtain an abortion are better able to maintain a positive future outlook and achieve their aspirational life plans. Conversely, evidence clearly demonstrates that if a pregnant person seeks an abortion and access to that care is delayed or denied, they are at greater risk of experiencing adverse health and economic outcomes…

For people with certain health conditions, an unintended pregnancy can be devastating, if not dangerous. And even with a planned pregnancy, unexpected tragedies can arise. Imagine the woman who gets a cancer diagnosis and must decide between continuing the pregnancy or life-saving chemotherapy. And what about the parents who discover in the second trimester that the fetus has severe anomalies and has no chance of living outside the womb? Abortion is essential health care for them…

Abortion is health care. It is life-saving. And when it is needed, it must be accessible.”

“Abortion Is Healthcare,”, Jan. 23, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Director, NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) Pro-Choice Texas, Nov. 2012-present
  • Former Assistant Attorney, Travis County (Texas)
  • Co-founder, Lilith Fund
  • Former Chapter President, ACLU, South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Former Committee Member, University of Texas Women’s Resource Center
  • JD, South Texas College of Law Houston, 2007
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Texas
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