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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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 being a woman in the Texas Legislature during the 1970s, how women’s rights have changed and recent anti-abortion legislation.

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 being a woman in the Texas Legislature during the 1970s, how women’s rights have changed and recent anti-abortion legislation.

Are There Enough Women's Health Program Providers?

This interactive map shows the locations of Planned Parenthood clinics excluded from the new Texas Women's Health Program, overlaid with the non-Planned Parenthood providers that have agreed to treat state-subsidized patients in those areas. A state survey found only two regions in Texas that would lack providers without Planned Parenthood clinics.

Newsreel: Simpson for Speaker, Perry Backs Bill

Texas Weekly

This week in the Texas Weekly Newsreel: State Rep. David Simpson is officially running for House speaker, but some former opponents of current Speaker Joe Straus are now sticking with the incumbent. Gov. Rick Perry and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, meanwhile, are rolling out issues that could dominate the early weeks of the coming legislative session. 

Microgestin birth control from Planned Parenthood.
Microgestin birth control from Planned Parenthood.

Lawmakers Could Restore Family Planning Funds

When state lawmakers passed a budget in 2011 that moved $73 million from family planning services to other programs, the goal was largely political: halt the flow of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood clinics. Now they are facing the policy implications, and a bipartisan coalition is considering ways to restore some or all of that financing. 

Wooden crosses are planted outside the Whole Woman's Health center parking lot in McAllen, Texas.
Wooden crosses are planted outside the Whole Woman's Health center parking lot in McAllen, Texas.

Abortion Opponents Back Fetal Pain Bill, Doctor Rules

Anti-abortion advocates in Texas championed a string of successful measures in the 2011 Texas legislative session — including a law that requires a physician to perform a sonogram 24 hours in advance of an abortion. For the upcoming 2013 session, they are trying to up the ante. 

Bill Renews Debate Over Rural Access to Abortion

Before Texas' abortion sonogram law passed last legislative session, some women seeking to end pregnancies in rural communities relied on telemedicine, with physicians administering prescription drugs via videoconference to induce early-stage abortions. If new legislation filed by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, passes in 2013, women in remote corners of the state may have even fewer options to get the procedure. 

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 at an ambulatory surgical center. Illegal immigrants face an additional hurdle: getting past internal checkpoints. 

Weekend Insider: Suspicious Abortion Pills

In south Texas, some women are relying on medication they can purchase over the counter in unregulated Mexican pharmacies for their birth control. They believe these pills — commonly used as an ulcer drug — will help them abort a pregnancy without ever having to set foot in a clinic.

La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.
La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.

Medical Groups Oppose Women's Health Program Rule

A proposed state rule that would prohibit doctors in Texas' Women's Health Program from discussing the option of abortion with their patients — even if the patient asks about it — has drawn the opposition of Texas medical groups.

At Reveal, a camp in Bryan sponsored by Texas Right to Life, teenagers learn to become effective anti-abortion activists.
At Reveal, a camp in Bryan sponsored by Texas Right to Life, teenagers learn to become effective anti-abortion activists.

Summer Camp Focuses on Fight Against Abortion

A two-week summer camp outside of Bryan helps high school students learn how to become effective anti-abortion advocates. Counselors teach campers to adopt a gentler, compassion-based form of persuasion. "They all have a passion; that's why they are here," one counselor said.

Weekend Insider: Endorsements, Anti-Abortion Camp

The primary runoff between former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz and Lt. Gov. David David Dewhurst saw Texas Republican leaders lining up behind Dewhurst and national conservative stars rallying around Cruz. Reporter Aman Batheja examines when endorsements can help and hurt a candidate.

Then, reporter Morgan Smith takes us to an anti-abortion summer camp for teens.

Find these stories in the weekend editions of The New York Times and at texastribune.org.

Video Series: Fertile Ground

From the evolution of state and federally subsidized contraception to the battle over Planned Parenthood to the cost of unplanned pregnancies, our six-part series on the effects of the Legislature's family planning cuts is the most comprehensive look yet at the politics of reproductive health in Texas.

05/07/2012 Tribweek
05/07/2012 Tribweek

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 5/7/12

E. Smith interviews Dan Patrick about John Carona, Root on the race to replace Ron Paul, Batheja on a nest of open House seats in Tarrant County, Aguilar on a border brawl over a congressional seat in El Paso, Tan on the fight over Planned Parenthood in West Texas, Aaronson maps the holes in the state's health care provider network, M. Smith on who might be the next Texas education commissioner, Ramshaw on social media sabotage, Hamilton and Ramshaw on the reaction to news of job insecurity for UT-Austin's president and Grissom on a knickers-twisting historical marker: The best of our best content from May 7 to 11, 2012.

La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.
La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.

Time Running Out for Women's Health Providers

Texas Weekly

The clock is ticking for reproductive health clinics that are affiliated with abortion providers — the state will force Planned Parenthood and others like them out of the Women’s Health Program early next month.

La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.
La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.

Judge Gives State OK to Exclude Planned Parenthood

A federal judge's ruling this morning means that the state may begin removing Planned Parenthood and other so-called abortion "affiliates" from the Women's Health Program, despite a district judge's Monday ruling to the contrary.

Planned Parenthood leaders Ken Lambrecht and Leslie MacLean photographed in the Planned Parenthood waiting room in Addison, Texas.
Planned Parenthood leaders Ken Lambrecht and Leslie MacLean photographed in the Planned Parenthood waiting room in Addison, Texas.

Planned Parenthood Merger About Efficiency, Advocacy

The Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas merger announced this week makes the organization leaner and more efficient, advocates say. But they also hope it will help them defend their branches from intensifying anti-abortion legislation and better harness their fundraising power.

Planned Parenthood supporters rally at the Capitol on Tuesday morning.
Planned Parenthood supporters rally at the Capitol on Tuesday morning.

Planned Parenthood Branches Vote to Merge

UPDATED: The boards of three regional Planned Parenthood branches — North TexasCentral Texas and the Capital Region — have voted to merge, forming a $29 million-per-year mega-organization with 26 clinics up and down the Interstate 35 corridor. It is the eighth-largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the nation. 

La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.
La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.

Texas Outlines Future Plans for Women's Health Program

Texas health officials have delivered their plans for taking over the Women's Health Program from the federal government. Taking over responsibility in November would let the state "conduct robust outreach to clients and providers,” an official said.

March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the  the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers
March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers

"Obamacare" on Center Stage

Texas Weekly

From contraception and cancer screenings to "Obamacare" and state physician shortages, here's a look at the month ahead in Texas health policy. 

La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.
La'Tonya Ephraim speaks with Carrie Adney, a Women's Health Program client since last year, at Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services in Round Rock, TX.

Texas Could Use Feds' Grants to Free Up Women's Health Money

In a fiscal switcheroo, Texas could free up state dollars to fund the embattled Women's Health Program by seeking federal block grants for other programs, the state's health commissioner wrote in a letter to House Democrats on Tuesday. 

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs at a TribLive event at the Austin Club on Oct. 20, 2011.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs at a TribLive event at the Austin Club on Oct. 20, 2011.

Susan Combs and the Perils of Political Adaptation

Adaptation is a tricky business, especially in the political realm. Comptroller Susan Combs, with her eye on the 2014 race for lieutenant governor, has endorsed former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania in this year’s Republican presidential race, surprising those who classified her as a moderate.