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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Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie speaks with Rep. Todd Hunter R-Corpus Christi and Rep. Abel Herrero D-Robstown on House floor before voting on HB 10 February 21st, 2013
Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie speaks with Rep. Todd Hunter R-Corpus Christi and Rep. Abel Herrero D-Robstown on House floor before voting on HB 10 February 21st, 2013

Agenda Texas: Bill Kill, Vol. 1

On the latest Agenda Texas, from KUT News and the Tribune: Deadlines in the Texas House have come and gone. Now lawmakers are left to pick up the pieces for next session, or to find another way to get their bills passed.

A nurse explains to a patient the effects of taking the abortion pill at Whole Woman's Health Surgical Center in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Proposed state legislation would create greater restrictions on abortion facilities. Only five of the existing facilities offering abortions would meet the standards.
A nurse explains to a patient the effects of taking the abortion pill at Whole Woman's Health Surgical Center in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Proposed state legislation would create greater restrictions on abortion facilities. Only five of the existing facilities offering abortions would meet the standards.

House Panel Debates Changes to Booklet on Abortion

A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would remove language in a state booklet distributed to women seeking an abortion that suggests induced abortion can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

A nurse explains to a patient the effects of taking the abortion pill at Whole Woman's Health Surgical Center in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Proposed state legislation would create greater restrictions on abortion facilities. Only five of the existing facilities offering abortions would meet the standards.
A nurse explains to a patient the effects of taking the abortion pill at Whole Woman's Health Surgical Center in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Proposed state legislation would create greater restrictions on abortion facilities. Only five of the existing facilities offering abortions would meet the standards.

Bill Could Reduce Number of Texas Abortion Facilities

A bill advancing through the state Legislature could drastically decrease the number of legal abortion facilities in the state.

State Rep. John Smithee (l), R-Amarillo, discuss the Texas Windstorm Insurance Assn. bills with a reporter off the House floor on June 27, 2011.
State Rep. John Smithee (l), R-Amarillo, discuss the Texas Windstorm Insurance Assn. bills with a reporter off the House floor on June 27, 2011.

Bill Excludes Elective Abortions in State Health Care

The House Insurance Committee heard debate Tuesday on a bill that would prohibit the coverage of elective abortions in minimum state health plans, and would require women to opt into and pay more for abortion coverage.

Gov. Rick Perry at a press conference announcing his support for Texas Right to Life's Preborn Pain Bill in Houston on Dec. 11, 2012.
Gov. Rick Perry at a press conference announcing his support for Texas Right to Life's Preborn Pain Bill in Houston on Dec. 11, 2012.

House Republicans File Fetal Pain Bill

Two House Republicans filed a “fetal pain” bill on Tuesday that would ban abortions 20 weeks after conception. Gov. Rick Perry has publicly expressed support for the measure. 

Sarah-Weddington-The-TT-Interview

On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion — the lawyer who successfully argued the case talks with the Tribune about women’s rights and recent anti-abortion legislation

U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas, Aug. 14. Illegal women seeking a second trimester abortion at clinics on the other side of the station are wary of trying to cross. A large sign shows drivers how many drugs and undocumented aliens have been seized in the last year.
U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas, Aug. 14. Illegal women seeking a second trimester abortion at clinics on the other side of the station are wary of trying to cross. A large sign shows drivers how many drugs and undocumented aliens have been seized in the last year.

Checkpoints Deter Illegal Immigrants Seeking Abortions

Women in the Rio Grande Valley who are seeking a second-trimester abortion must travel several hours north to access the procedure. Illegal immigrants face an additional hurdle: getting past internal checkpoints.