Texas SB 8 is a direct attack on abortion access. We oppose this and any legislation that violates the patient-provider relationship and disproportionately affects underserved and under-resourced communities. All healthcare providers, including genetic counselors, should be able to deliver patient-centered care without fear of retribution. Genetic counselors are bound by our code of ethics, which requires that we provide patients with complete and unbiased information. We stand by our position statement on reproductive freedom, which supports the right of all individuals to make reproductive choices, including access to safe abortion.
We encourage genetic counselors to speak with their risk management/legal teams at their institutions for further guidance. We are working with local chapters and national organizations to provide support to genetic counselors whose practice is affected by SB 8.
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