DALLAS – The Plano City Council will hold a council budget workshop this Saturday to discuss the possible defunding of The Turning Point, the only rape crisis center in Collin County. Two city council members expressed concern about the center providing emergency contraception, such as the high dosage version of oral birth control known as Plan B, to survivors of sexual assault.
Drucilla Tigner, reproductive rights strategist for the ACLU of Texas, had the following reaction:
“Survivors of sexual assault are in critical need of comprehensive healthcare services, including emergency contraception. It is clear that Plano City Council members have a fundamental misunderstanding of how emergency contraception, like Plan B, functions. In allowing their anti-abortion ideology to inform their decisions, city officials seek to cut off health care access from those who need it most. Unintended or not, it will be sexual assault survivors who bear the brunt of this effort to score political points.”