Tribpedia: Planned Parenthood

X-Ray Technologist Donna Fehl, prepares to scan a patient on a mobile mammogram machine at a clinic in Port Arthur, Texas, Monday, November 11, 2013.
X-Ray Technologist Donna Fehl, prepares to scan a patient on a mobile mammogram machine at a clinic in Port Arthur, Texas, Monday, November 11, 2013.

In Funding Fight, Cancer Care Could Be Collateral Damage

GOP lawmakers, in their running effort to put Planned Parenthood clinics out of business, are considering changing how funding is distributed through a cancer screening program for poor, uninsured women. But private health clinics unaffiliated with Planned Parenthood say they'd take a huge hit, too.  

A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The organization announced the clinic was shutting down Thursday, July 31.
A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The organization announced the clinic was shutting down Thursday, July 31.

Opening Statements Made in Trial Over Abortion Regulation

UPDATED: Attorneys made their opening arguments Monday in a U.S. district court trial over a provision that requires abortion facilities to meet the same regulations as ambulatory surgical centers. Attorneys for abortion providers who filed suit also called several witnesses in the trial, which is scheduled to last through Thursday.

Hundreds rallied this week to preserve funds for Planned Parenthood's family planning services, but their pleas did not sway conservative lawmakers. “They can expect less or even zero funding for their organization this session," says state Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville. 


Family Planning Clinics to Close, Citing Reduced Funds

Three Planned Parenthood family planning facilities in southeast Texas will close by the end of August, citing the loss of access to funding. The closures aren't related to recently approved abortion restrictions.

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. 

Where the State Women's Health Program Stands

Women's health providers in Texas have had Nov. 1 marked on their calendars for months. It was supposed to be the day the state-funded Women's Health Program would launch. But it hasn't. And it won't until, according to Texas Health and Human Services Commission officials, the federal government stops funding it or a final court decision is rendered.

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.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/30/12

Aguilar on the House District 77 primary, Batheja on the HD-101 and SD-9 primaries, Galbraith on the GOP candidates for two Railroad Commission slots, Grissom on the latest in the Kerry Max Cook case, Hamilton on Texas A&M's new accountability website, Murphy and M. Smith on how much superintendents make, Ramsey interviews a would-be Democratic Party chair, Root on that nice Ted Nugent, M. Smith on the resignation of the state's education commissioner and Tan on the continuing court fight over Planned Parenthood: The best of our best content from April 30 to May 4, 2012.

Court: Texas Must Include Planned Parenthood in WHP

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the emergency stay it granted to the state of Texas on Tuesday, meaning the Health and Human Services Commisssion may not begin excluding Planned Parenthood clinics from the Women's Health Program while a lawsuit on the matter is pending in district court.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 130

On this week's podcast, Ross, Emily, Morgan and Ben weigh the recent resignation of Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott and the back and forth court rulings on Planned Parenthood and the Women's Health Program. Our reporting quartet also looks ahead to this weekend's Tea Party rally in Austin, an event headlined by Ron and Rand Paul. 

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.

Weekend Insider: Planned Parenthood Unites, Ted Cruz

Texas Planned Parenthood advocates have been outspoken about the hits they’ve taken from Republican state lawmakers in the last year — from massive cuts to family planning financing to a new abortion sonogram law, and being excluded from a Medicaid health program for poor women. One way they're fighting back? A long-awaited merger of three regional Planned Parenthood branches into one 26-clinic mega-organization. 

Ross Ramsey explains the dangers of high expectations. In the case of U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, the popular belief is that he will perform well in November. If he doesn't, will that help or hurt his chances in future races?

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