FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/05/2014
Rep. Donna Howard Honored As A 2013 Texas Women's Health Champion
Austin Lawmaker Proud To Take A Stand For Policy Over Politics
AUSTIN - The Texas District (XI) of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently announced the recipients of its 2013 Texas Women’s Health Champion Awards, and Rep. Donna Howard was proud to be listed among the honorees.
The ACOG Texas Women’s Health Champion Award is given to lawmakers who showed an outstanding commitment to improving women’s health care and promoting the best health outcomes for women and their newborns.
Since taking office in 2006, Rep. Howard has been seen as a strong voice for women's health at the Texas State Capitol. She has supported increasing access to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to lower the incidence of cervical cancer, articulately opposed the Legislature's cuts to family planning in 2011, and helped lead the charge for the successful restoration of those funds in 2013. In the summer's Special Sessions, Rep. Howard passionately fought against measures that will significantly limit the access to safe and legal abortions in the state. She currently sits as Vice-Chair of the Texas House Women's Health Caucus.
"I am grateful to ACOG for its work on behalf of women's health, and honored to be recognized for my efforts in that regard," said Rep. Howard. "Together, we will continue to fight for the availability of family planning services, and against the repeated attempts by the Legislature to insert itself into the medical discussions between a woman and her doctor."
The full list of recipients for the award this year are: Senator Wendy Davis, Senator Jose Rodriguez, Senator Kirk Watson, Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Senator Royce West, Representative Jessica Farrar, Representative Donna Howard, Representative Sarah Davis, Representative Chris Turner, Representative Armando Walle, and Representative Senfronia Thompson.
“Though the 83rd Legislative Regular and Special Sessions proved to be challenging, these legislators stood proud in their support for women and their health care needs,” said R. Moss Hampton, MD, ACOG District XI chair. “We are grateful for the time and energy they spent advocating for women and newborns.”
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG), based in Washington, DC, is the nation's leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 55,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care.
District XI of ACOG, a single-state district established in 2008, represents the board certified obstetricians-gynecologists who deliver health care to the women of Texas and includes more than 3,600 physicians and women’s health partners.
Scott M. Daigle