Op-Ed: Abortion ID Bill Unfairly Targets Immigrants
The following was published in the Austin American Statesman on Tuesday, May 26:
My name is Vero Higareda. I am 21 years old. I am an immigrant Latina. I am a student at the University of Texas-Pan American. And I oppose House Bill 3994.
This legislation would further restrict access to abortion services for young people in a state that has already been devastated by clinic closures. As someone who lives in a community already among the hardest hit by recent cuts to family planning and restrictions on abortion access, I fear what the impact — yet another restriction on abortion — could have for women like me.
Veronica Higareda is a junior at the University of Texas - RGV pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Mexican-American studies with a minor in Religious Studies. Veronica has held numerous leadership positions such as being president of the Texas Freedom Network, and an activist with the Texas Latina Advocacy Network (TX LAN) which serves as the voice and advocacy presence for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) in Texas.