Austin, TX – On the heels of the 48th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the landmark Texas Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide, the organization ‘NARAL Pro-Choice Texas’ is announcing a new chapter as an independent statewide organization named Avow.
Avow Executive Director Aimee Arrambide issued the following statement:
“To avow means to declare openly, bluntly, and without shame. Now more than ever, our state needs bold and unapologetic advocacy for abortion rights. As an independent, Texas-based organization, Avow will continue our work at the state and local level — where the decisions that most impact Texans are happening.
Anti-abortion politicians use Texas as a policy testing ground for the rest of the country. We can stop them here, before these dangerous policies spread across the country. When we fight and win, the impact is huge. What happens in Texas, rarely stays in Texas – our victories are crucial to the abortion rights movement, and the larger fight for justice and equity across the nation. This moment demands that we be bolder in our fight to secure unrestricted access to abortion for all Texans and that’s just what we will do in this new chapter as Avow.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your relationship with NARAL?
We remain in good relationship with NARAL national and are grateful for their steadfast support as we embark on this new journey as Avow. We look forward to working with them and other national and statewide allies in our new capacity as an independent organization.
What’s different about Avow?
Our mission to secure unrestricted abortion care and reproductive rights for all Texans is not dissimilar from the work we’ve been doing. At the root of all reproductive healthcare restrictions lies an anti-abortion ideology that deserves to be confronted head-on. We will continue to work at the state and local levels of government with a more narrow and intentional focus on abortion advocacy that includes political, policy, and culture change work.
Why the name Avow?
To avow means to declare openly, bluntly, and without shame. To affirm as true, to say it loud for the whole world to hear and to make no bones about it. We are unapologetic in seeking unrestricted abortion care and reproductive rights for all Texans. The name Avow expresses our bold, abortion-forward approach.