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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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.

 

Texas Attorney General and candidate for Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott gives keynote speech during the Texas Rally for Life on January 25th, 2014
Texas Attorney General and candidate for Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott gives keynote speech during the Texas Rally for Life on January 25th, 2014

Abbott: Davis Wants "Late-Term Abortion on Demand"

GOP gubernatorial frontrunner Greg Abbott attacked chief Democratic rival Wendy Davis — though not by name — at a boisterous anti-abortion rally at the Texas Capitol Saturday, telling the crowd the "little-known state senator" is "partnering with Planned Parenthood to return Texas to late-term abortion on demand.”

At separate events, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filed for governor in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
At separate events, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filed for governor in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

The Inescapable A-Word in the Texas Governor's Race

Texas Weekly

As state Sen. Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott gear up for the 2014 gubernatorial election, both candidates’ campaigns have made a tactical choice to mostly avoid the A-word — even in the midst of heated legal challenges that reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thousands of abortion opponents attended the Texas Rally for Life at the Capitol on Jan. 26, 2013, where speakers included Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Houston Sen. Dan Patrick.
Thousands of abortion opponents attended the Texas Rally for Life at the Capitol on Jan. 26, 2013, where speakers included Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Houston Sen. Dan Patrick.

Abortion Debate Could Play Into Hispanic Vote in 2014

Following this summer’s divisive abortion debate in the state Legislature, Texas 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. But Democrats see the plan as a losing proposition for Republicans.

5th Circuit Reverses Ruling on TX Abortion Regulations

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, meaning the provisions of House Bill 2 could take effect immediately if state officials choose to enforce them.

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott at their respective announcements for governor of Texas.
Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott at their respective announcements for governor of Texas.

Legal Battle Likely to Keep Abortion in Spotlight Through 2014

A federal judge's decision this week to block parts of Texas' strict new abortion law was just the first step in a legal fight that could drag on for months, or even years, meaning that the courtroom drama will play out against the 2014 governor's race.