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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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. 

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison talks with supporters at the Bonnie Ruth's Cafe in suburban Frisco, TX during a campaign stop for the Republican nomination for Texas governor.
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison talks with supporters at the Bonnie Ruth's Cafe in suburban Frisco, TX during a campaign stop for the Republican nomination for Texas governor.

Hutchison Urges Perry to Reconsider Health Program

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison appeared on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown to defend Planned Parenthood and urge Gov. Rick Perry to re-consider federal funding for the Women's Health Program. "We can't keep turning back federal funds that every state gets and then try to find money in our budget which is already being cut in key areas like education," she said.

Woman at Texas Capitol protests Republican lawmakers decision to exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program
Woman at Texas Capitol protests Republican lawmakers decision to exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program

Abbott Sues Feds Over Women's Health Program

Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed yet another lawsuit against the federal government, this one, no surprise, over the Women's Health Program. He argues that the feds' decision to cut off funding is unconstitutional, and that they are trying to force states "into awarding taxpayer subsidies to elective abortion providers."

Gov. Rick Perry in his Capitol office on Feb. 21, 2012.
Gov. Rick Perry in his Capitol office on Feb. 21, 2012.

A States' Rights Strategy

Texas Weekly

Gone are the deer-in-the-headlights “oops” moments, the campaign blooper reels. They’ve been replaced with the all-too-familiar Texas governor beating his drum against the tyrannical federal government, this time on women’s health and voter fraud. 

Rebecca Rankin, a family nurse practitioner, is the lead clinician at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Edinburg.  Rankin has worked with Planned Parenthood for 15 years.
Rebecca Rankin, a family nurse practitioner, is the lead clinician at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Edinburg. Rankin has worked with Planned Parenthood for 15 years.

Feds to Halt Funding for Women's Health Program

Federal health officials announced Thursday what state leaders have predicted for weeks: that they are halting funding for Texas' Women's Health Program. 

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

What's Next for Texas' Women's Health Program?

A state rule that forces Planned Parenthood out of Texas' Women's Health Program takes effect today, and in response, the Obama administration is preparing to halt federal funding for it. But the change won't be immediate. It will take a few weeks to transition to a fully state-run program from one that had been predominantly funded by the federal government.