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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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. 

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.

Interactive: The Impact of HB 2 on Abortion Facilities

Abortion facilities across Texas have shuttered because of new abortion regulations approved by the Legislature last year. Use this interactive map to see how the number of abortion facilities in Texas has changed, and where facilities will remain open when more regulations take effect in September.

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.

 

Hallways like this one at Whole Woman's Health will have to be widened as part of the new legislation for abortion clinics to become ASCs.
Hallways like this one at Whole Woman's Health will have to be widened as part of the new legislation for abortion clinics to become ASCs.

Abortion Provider Shutters McAllen and Beaumont Clinics

Whole Woman's Health announced late Wednesday that it is closing two abortion clinics — one in the already underserved Rio Grande Valley and another in Beaumont — as a result of strict abortion regulations passed by the Legislature last year.

 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis speaks with Evan Smith at a TribLive event in Austin, TX.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis speaks with Evan Smith at a TribLive event in Austin, TX.

Davis Talks Border Voters, Abortion Rules at TribLive

During a Texas Tribune TribLive interview, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis said she’s not concerned by primary losses in several border counties, and that she was a better option for South Texas voters than Attorney General Greg Abbott. 

Sen. Bob Deuell, far left, and state Rep. Sarah Davis, center right, have been targeted by Texas Right to Life. Agriculture commissioner candidate Sid Miller, center left, and comptroller candidate Glenn Hegar, right, both heavily promoted their anti-abortion stance on the campaign trail.
Sen. Bob Deuell, far left, and state Rep. Sarah Davis, center right, have been targeted by Texas Right to Life. Agriculture commissioner candidate Sid Miller, center left, and comptroller candidate Glenn Hegar, right, both heavily promoted their anti-abortion stance on the campaign trail.

Anti-Abortion Candidates Saw Strong Primary Returns

In statewide races, Republicans who touted their stance against abortion — even when the offices they sought had little to do with the issue — saw strong primary night returns on Tuesday. But in legislative races, conservative groups that targeted candidates for not being sufficiently “pro-life” saw mixed results.