Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday not to intervene in Texas’ ongoing abortion litigation, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are working to secure access to the procedure for women across the state.Full Story
Abortion — a medical procedure to terminate a pregnancy — was first outlawed in Texas during the 19th century. In 1961, Texas passed a law to imprison anyone who helped “procure an abortion” for a pregnant woman. The law excluded abortions necessary to protect the life of the mother, but included a clause to fine any “accomplice” who provided means to obtain ...
Hoping to prove that new regulations on abortion providers aren't creating an undue burden, abortion opponents are calling attention to the availability of appointments to obtain the procedure.
The Texas Railroad Commission has nothing to do with abortion. But that hasn’t stopped some Republicans vying for an open seat on the three-member commission from touting their anti-abortion stances.Full Story
UPDATED: State attorneys filed a response on Tuesday to abortion providers’ request for the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the battle over the constitutionality of Texas' new regulations on abortion.
For this week’s nonscientific survey of insiders in politics and government, we asked about the political fallout from the state’s new laws on abortion and women’s health centers.Full Story
Texas voters from across the political spectrum like many parts of the Affordable Care Act, but they don't like that law in its entirety, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.Full Story
Marni Evans and her fiance, John Lockhart, had to delay a scheduled abortion after a decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed Texas to implement strict new regulations on the procedure.Full Story
Republicans see an opening for the 2014 election as they work to reach out to Hispanic voters who could be spurred to the polls by the party’s anti-abortion stance. Democrats say it's a losing proposition.Full Story
Texas abortion providers’ Monday victory was short-lived. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a federal district court ruling that found part of the state's new abortion regulations unconstitutional.Full Story
A federal judge's decision this week to block parts of Texas' strict new abortion law was just the first step in a legal battle that could drag on for months, or even years, meaning that the courtroom drama will play out against the 2014 governor's race.Full Story
UPDATED: The Texas attorney general's office is seeking an emergency stay, asking the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel’s ruling against abortion regulations in House Bill 2.
M. Smith on wasted private tutoring efforts, Satija on government protection for the lesser prairie chicken, Root finds a new nest of Democratic trial lawyers, Malewitz finds a border skirmish featuring mollusks, Hamilton with the latest on politics at the University of Texas, Batheja on the link between vehicle traffic and bond ratings, Aguilar finds some promise in a juvenile justice program in Eagle Pass and Aaronson covers the court fight over new abortion regulations: The best of our best for the week of Oct. 21-25, 2013.Full Story
With days remaining until new abortion regulations take effect in Texas, attorneys for abortion providers and the state of Texas presented their final arguments Wednesday on whether those restrictions meet constitutional muster.Full Story
UPDATED: Abortion providers and state attorneys will present their final arguments Wednesday morning on whether the restrictions on the procedure in House Bill 2 are constitutional.
The first day of arguments in a pivotal court battle have pushed Texas' new abortion restrictions back into the spotlight.Full Story
Your evening reading: court battle begins over abortion law; Dewhurst releases new web ad; Neugebauer apologizes for confrontation with park rangerFull Story
A federal judge began hearing arguments Monday as abortion rights advocates pursue a preliminary injunction to block the implementation of two provisions in the state's new law on abortion regulations.
Texas first lady Anita Perry said Saturday that while there’s no daylight between her and her husband on abortion, it's not her job to judge women who undergo the procedure under state law.
Texas will enact new abortion regulations in October. Use this interactive to look up the most recent state inspection records for abortion facilities and see how many abortion facilities have closed since January.Full Story
UPDATED: Despite pleas from reproductive rights advocates to amend proposed rules to enact strict regulations on abortion facilities, the Department of State Health Services’ governing council gave tacit approval to them on Thursday.
More than a month after the Texas Department of Public Safety announced that people during the July 12 abortion debate had attempted to bring urine and feces to the Capitol, official documents show no proof the items existed.Full Story
The regular Texas legislative session was notable for bipartisan coalitions and harmony. The special sessions have been notable for partisan battles and stalemates. To understand what's going on, just look at the voters.Full Story
Debate continues over whether visitors to the Capitol on July 12 attempted to sneak in containers of human feces. The Department of Public Safety is seeking to withhold information about the alleged incident.Full Story
The state's abortion and health care policies intersect in the budget — even though that might not always be part of the debate — and the budget is where the impact of decisions on abortion and Medicaid will be revealed.Full Story