Tribpedia: Abortion Sonogram Bill

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The abortion sonogram legislation that passed the Texas House and Senate requires a doctor to perform a sonogram on a woman at least 24 hours before she has an abortion. During the sonogram, the doctor must describe the fetus or embryo; the woman can choose whether she wants to see images from the sonogram or listen to the heartbeat. Victims ...

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Lenzi Sheible founded Fund Texas Women, a non-profit organization that pays for women's travel costs associated with obtaining an abortion.
Lenzi Sheible founded Fund Texas Women, a non-profit organization that pays for women's travel costs associated with obtaining an abortion.

As Abortion Clinics Close, Student Creates Travel Fund

A 20-year-old University of Texas at Austin student responded to Texas lawmakers' restrictive abortion regulations by founding Fund Texas Women, a nonprofit that pays travel expenses to help Texas women — including teenagers — get abortions in and outside of the state. Abortion opponents argue the group doesn't encourage women to consider “compassionate alternatives" to the procedure.

 

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick in the Senate chamber as political drama unfolds at the Texas Capitol in the last hour of the 83rd Texas Legislature's first special session.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick in the Senate chamber as political drama unfolds at the Texas Capitol in the last hour of the 83rd Texas Legislature's first special session.

Abortion Opponents Criticize Patrick's Past Investment

Dan Patrick has made his opposition to abortion a centerpiece of his campaign for lieutenant governor. But two prominent abortion opponents are criticizing the Houston senator for previously owning stock in the maker of the Plan B "morning after" pill. 

State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker,  leads debate on HB 2 regarding abortion restrictions in the House on July 9, 2013.
State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, leads debate on HB 2 regarding abortion restrictions in the House on July 9, 2013.

House Approves Abortion Restrictions

UPDATED: The House voted 96-49 on Wednesday to give final approval to proposed abortion regulations in Texas. House Bill 2, which would ban abortion at 20 weeks and enact some of the strictest regulations in the country on abortion providers and facilities, now heads to the Senate.

 

Sarah Weddington: The TT Interview

On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion — the lawyer who successfully argued the case talks with the Tribune about being a woman in the Texas Legislature during the 1970s, how women’s rights have changed and recent anti-abortion legislation.

Gilberto Hinojosa: The TT Interview

The former county judge is running to lead a political party that hasn't won a statewide election in nearly two decades. He talked with the Tribune about why he's running for chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, what would pull the Democrats out of the doldrums and what he really thinks of the Republicans. 

Planned Parenthood’s “Don’t Mess with Texas Women” tour bus made a stop near the University of Texas in Austin on Tuesday afternoon. The organization hopes to raise awareness of cuts to women’s health programs that it blames on Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Planned Parenthood’s Texas clinics will lose funding on March 14 from the Texas’ Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which serves some 130,000 low-income women.
Planned Parenthood’s “Don’t Mess with Texas Women” tour bus made a stop near the University of Texas in Austin on Tuesday afternoon. The organization hopes to raise awareness of cuts to women’s health programs that it blames on Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Planned Parenthood’s Texas clinics will lose funding on March 14 from the Texas’ Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which serves some 130,000 low-income women.

Feds Will Not Renew Women's Health Program

The federal government will not renew the Women's Health Program, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in Houston on Friday, the day after Gov. Rick Perry announced Texas would continue the program with or without the Obama administration's help.

Rosario Espriella (center) waits for her appointment at the Edinburg, Texas Planned Parenthood clinic on Tuesday, February 14 with her children L to R:  Edgar, 6, Eduardo, 12, Diego, 2 months and Victor, 10.
Rosario Espriella (center) waits for her appointment at the Edinburg, Texas Planned Parenthood clinic on Tuesday, February 14 with her children L to R: Edgar, 6, Eduardo, 12, Diego, 2 months and Victor, 10.

Women's Clinics Retreat as Finances Are Cut

In a state with explosive growth, where taxpayers already pay for more than half of all births, many argue that cutting family planning funding is fiscally irresponsible. For anti-abortion Republicans, it’s a small price to send a powerful message: They want Planned Parenthood out of Texas. 

Two sonogram tools used at a Planned Parenthood clinic providing abortions in Austin.
Two sonogram tools used at a Planned Parenthood clinic providing abortions in Austin.

In Texas and Va., Different Reactions to Sonogram Bills

The pandemonium over Virginia’s proposed abortion sonogram law bears little resemblance to the battle over Texas’ version of the law. That's because Texas’ law and Virginia’s bill were debated at very different times, and under very different circumstances — leading to a very different national reaction.

Gov. Rick Perry with wife Anita at a Williamson County Republican dinner in Round Rock, his first public appearance since leaving the presidential race.
Gov. Rick Perry with wife Anita at a Williamson County Republican dinner in Round Rock, his first public appearance since leaving the presidential race.

Perry Targets "Pro-Abortion Radicals" in CPAC Speech

Texas Gov. Rick Perry targeted what he called “left-wing, pro-abortion radicals” in a speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, blaming the Obama administration for the state’s stand-off over the Medicaid Women’s Health Program.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 118

Redistricting remains a hot topic in Texas, and it probably will be until we have new maps and a primary date. But on this week's TribCast, Ben, Ross, Emily and Morgan also spend time on a couple of firestorms in the state: public school accountability testing and the controversy involving Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood.

Two sonogram tools used at a Planned Parenthood clinic providing abortions in Austin.
Two sonogram tools used at a Planned Parenthood clinic providing abortions in Austin.

For Abortion Providers, Sonogram Law is a Complication

Though an element of Texas' new abortion sonogram law is still being challenged in court, providers are complying with a ruling to enforce the measure. They say it has been a bureaucratic nightmare. But supporters of the law argue requiring a sonogram at least 24 hours ahead of an abortion is due diligence, not a roadblock. 

Weekend Insider: Abortion Sonogram Law, Cancelling Highschool Sp

Until courts can hash out the state's abortion sonogram law, Texas must begin enforcing the new regulations. Emily Ramshaw explains how family planning clinics are complying. Under threat of closure by the state, one Texas school district is doing something unheard of: It's canceling all sports. Morgan Smith takes us to Premont, Texas.

Read more on these stories in this weekend's editions of The New York Times, and The Texas Tribune.