A Conversation about Family Planning and Women's Health

  • 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
    The event begins promptly at 8 a.m.
  • The Austin Club
    110 E. Ninth St., Austin, TX 78701 (map)
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On the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, join Tribune Editor Emily Ramshaw for a discussion with Reps. Donna Howard and Sarah Davis on the state of family planning and women's health policy in Texas.

Howard, D-Austin, was elected to the Texas House in 2006. She is a former critical care nurse and past president of the Texas Nurses Association, and she is one of the Legislature's leading advocates for access to women's health care. She is seeking a bipartisan solution to restore tens of millions of dollars in cuts made to state family planning programs last session. 

Davis, R-West University Place, was elected to the House in 2010. She is a Republican in a divided district; she opposes abortion, but voted against the Legislature's controversial sonogram bill, and spoke out against rules that would've prevented doctors in the Texas Women's Health Program from discussing the procedure with patients. 


Several times a month, The Texas Tribune hosts a series of conversations featuring prominent elected officials and other newsmakers at the historic Austin Club in downtown Austin. These in-depth discussions are moderated by the Tribune's CEO and editor-in-chief, Evan Smith. Coffee is served before the conversation begins, allowing time for our attendees to mingle. A question-and-answer session afterward offers a chance for the audience to interact with our honored guest.

This series of conversations is generously sponsored by AT&T, BP, Raise Your Hand Texas and the Texas Coalition of Dental Service Organizations, and it is supported through contributions from our founding investors and members. Special thanks to our promotional sponsor, Deborah Ingersoll of Legislative Solutions.

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