Tribpedia: Abortion

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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 ...

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For Rep.-Elect Molly White, Abortion Changed Everything

State Rep.-elect Molly White, right, speaks on a women's health panel at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.
State Rep.-elect Molly White, right, speaks on a women's health panel at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.

When Rep.-elect Molly White takes office in January, she will immediately be one of the Texas House’s most conservative members. But to a degree unique among her new colleagues, ending abortion is White’s personal and political passion. And a nonprofit she founded counsels against both birth control and sex education that promotes it.

Newsreel: Ebola, Voter ID, Abortion

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This week in the Texas Weekly Newsreel: Ebola has become a big political story this October, the back and forth on the state's voter ID law continues just days before voting starts, and the U.S. Supreme Court says Texas abortion clinics should remain open while courts consider the lawsuits challenging that state law.

A large crowd of abortion rights advocates gathered Thursday at the Texas capitol to protest strict abortion regulations lawmakers that approved in the 2013 special session and the lingering affects of 2011 cuts to family planning services, Feb. 20, 2014.
A large crowd of abortion rights advocates gathered Thursday at the Texas capitol to protest strict abortion regulations lawmakers that approved in the 2013 special session and the lingering affects of 2011 cuts to family planning services, Feb. 20, 2014.

Court: Texas Can Enforce Strict Abortion Rules for Now

As it hears arguments in an appeal of a federal judge’s decision overturning new requirements for Texas abortion facilities, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the state could enforce the requirements in the meantime. That means eight or fewer abortion clinics in Texas will be able to stay open. 

 

 

 

Report: Abortion Restrictions Tied to Poor Health

States that put tight restrictions on abortion generally perform worse on women’s and children’s health outcomes, according to a new report released by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Ibis Reproductive Health, both groups that support access to the procedure. Texas' GOP leaders say abortion and women's health care are two separate issues. 

 

Comedian Joan Rivers and Gov. Rick Perry
Comedian Joan Rivers and Gov. Rick Perry

Perry Not First to Link Abortion Regs, Rivers Death

Gov. Rick Perry drew media attention around the world Sunday when he suggested comedian Joan Rivers might not have died had a measure similar to one that implemented new regulations on Texas abortion clinics been put into place in New York. Several conservative writers had previously made a connection between Rivers' death and Texas' regulation of abortion clinics.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, begins a filibuster of SB 5 the abortion regulation bill on June 25, 2013.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, begins a filibuster of SB 5 the abortion regulation bill on June 25, 2013.

Davis' Abortion Draws Attention to New Restrictions

State Sen. Wendy Davis' revelation that she had an abortion late in her 1997 pregnancy is shedding light on a provision in the restrictive abortion legislation she tried in vain to stop last year — the part that bans abortions after 20 weeks, including in many cases when there are fetal abnormalities.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, leaving the Senate chamber with colleagues Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, and Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, after a press conference on May 30, 2011.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, leaving the Senate chamber with colleagues Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, and Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, after a press conference on May 30, 2011.

Abortion Opponents: Davis Disclosure Changes Nothing

Texas’ leading anti-abortion groups, reacting to the news that state Sen. Wendy Davis had two abortions years ago for medical reasons, reiterated their opposition to the termination of pregnancies, including ones where an unborn child is diagnosed with severe disabilities.

 

 

 

 

Gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are shown on primary night on March 4, 2014.
Gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are shown on primary night on March 4, 2014.

Analysis: A Personal and Political Race for Governor

Political campaigns can be cunning and crafty affairs where candidates are cautiously presented and positions are carefully tailored to voters. But the contenders are humans, and policy is sometimes personal. Consider Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott, the two candidates for governor. 

Senator Wendy Davis addresses the Texas Democratic Women’s Convention in Austin, TX.
Senator Wendy Davis addresses the Texas Democratic Women’s Convention in Austin, TX.

Video: Davis Tells ABC News About Her Abortion

In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts, Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis talks about her "difficult decision" to have an abortion in 1996, when doctors told her the baby had severe brain abnormalities and would be deaf, blind and in a permanent vegetative state.

An abortion procedure room at the Whole Woman's Health ambulatory surgical center in San Antonio.
An abortion procedure room at the Whole Woman's Health ambulatory surgical center in San Antonio.

Arguments Wrap Up in Trial Over Abortion Restrictions

UPDATED: Attorneys in the trial over ambulatory surgical center requirements for abortion facilities wrapped up their closing arguments Wednesday morning. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said he would issue a ruling "as quickly" as possible, though an exact date wasn't given. 

 

A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The clinic, one of 22 remaining abortion providers in the state, does not currently meet requirements that will take effect on Sept. 1.
A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The clinic, one of 22 remaining abortion providers in the state, does not currently meet requirements that will take effect on Sept. 1.

The Brief: Latest Abortion Trial Draws to a Close

As the first phase of the latest legal fight over Texas' new abortion regulations comes to a close, the fate of one of the law's key provisions hangs in the balance. 

A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The organization announced the clinic was shutting down Thursday, July 31.
A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The organization announced the clinic was shutting down Thursday, July 31.

Opening Statements Made in Trial Over Abortion Regulation

UPDATED: Attorneys made their opening arguments Monday in a U.S. district court trial over a provision that requires abortion facilities to meet the same regulations as ambulatory surgical centers. Attorneys for abortion providers who filed suit also called several witnesses in the trial, which is scheduled to last through Thursday.

A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The clinic, one of 22 remaining abortion providers in the state, does not currently meet requirements that will take effect on Sept. 1.
A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The clinic, one of 22 remaining abortion providers in the state, does not currently meet requirements that will take effect on Sept. 1.

Report: New Law Led to Statewide Drop in Abortions

Abortions in Texas decreased by about 13 percent statewide and 21 percent in the Lower Rio Grande Valley after strict abortion regulations went into effect last November, according to a study released Wednesday. The study also found that medical abortions declined by 70 percent. 

An abortion procedure room at the Whole Woman's Health ambulatory surgical center in San Antonio.
An abortion procedure room at the Whole Woman's Health ambulatory surgical center in San Antonio.

Judge Denies Relief for El Paso Abortion Clinic

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A federal judge denied a request for temporary relief for an El Paso abortion clinic on Monday from a state requirement that physicians who provide abortions must obtain admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of an abortion facility.