Tribpedia: Abortion

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 ...

Then-state Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, is shown on the second-to-last day of the first-called special session during the 82nd Legislature on June 27, 2011. Taylor was elected to the Texas Senate in 2012.
Then-state Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, is shown on the second-to-last day of the first-called special session during the 82nd Legislature on June 27, 2011. Taylor was elected to the Texas Senate in 2012.

Senate OKs Bill Banning Insurers From Covering Abortion

The Texas Senate on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a measure by state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, that would prohibit health insurers from covering abortion.

Signs on the office of  Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown on the last day of  bill filing Mar. 13, 2015 for the 84th Legislative Session.
Signs on the office of Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown on the last day of bill filing Mar. 13, 2015 for the 84th Legislative Session.

Ahead of Deadline, Legislators File Flurry of Bills

Texas lawmakers added more than 800 proposals Friday to the agenda ahead of the bill-filing deadline. The frenzied atmosphere at the Capitol had some lawmakers posting signs on their doors cautioning off lobbyists with bills still in need of a sponsor. For the rest of the session, lawmakers must get approval from their chambers to file a bill.

Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott and Land Commissioner George P. Bush at a Texas Alliance for Life rally at the Texas Capitol on Jan. 24, 2015.
Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott and Land Commissioner George P. Bush at a Texas Alliance for Life rally at the Texas Capitol on Jan. 24, 2015.

Cecilia Abbott, George P. Bush Headline Anti-Abortion Rally

Texas' new first lady, Cecilia Abbott, and land commissioner, George P. Bush, headlined an anti-abortion rally at the state Capitol on Saturday. A nearby counter rally drew a smaller crowd.

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals building in New Orleans
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals building in New Orleans

Appeals Judges Grill Lawyers Over Abortion Law

As they weigh the constitutionality of a Texas abortion law, federal appeals court judges on Wednesday challenged arguments presented by the state and abortion providers during more than an hour of tough questioning. The main issue in question is a provision that requires abortion facilities to meet hospital-like standards. 

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

For Rep.-Elect Molly White, Abortion Changed Everything

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

Texas Weekly

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.