Over the past decade, Texas legislators have made steady headway in steering womenâs behavior toward the values in their personal or religious worldview through the erosion of access to contraception and abortion. Unfortunately, these efforts to removing access in the name of âcompelling state interestâ do more damage to a well-functioning society in general and to the progress of women in particular. These attempts seem to suggest that rather than allow responsible access to contraception, abstinence is more effective; or in the case of married women, that childbearing is their lot in life if they cannot afford access to proper gynecological care. These run counter to what has been shown to be effective in improving womenâs health. As emotionally charged as these topics are, having a strong educational foundation about sex, publicly funded access to gynecological care for those who cannot afford it, and reasonable access to abortion when the first two are not sufficient, benefits all Texans.