Tribpedia: Reproductive Health

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Women’s reproductive issues in Texas have been much in the news lately, both statewide and nationally. Behind the headlines and the controversies — from the state vs. Planned Parenthood to Planned Parenthood vs. Susan G. Komen for the Cure — are deep-rooted partisan divides, the intersection of faith and policy, even budgetary pressures.

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Court Battle Begins Over New Abortion Regulations

A federal judge began hearing arguments Monday as abortion rights advocates pursue a preliminary injunction to block the implementation of two provisions in the state's new law on abortion regulations. Plaintiffs argued that the law violates the constitutional rights of women, and the state’s attorneys defended Texas’ right to enact laws that advance protections for the life of a fetus.

Hallways like this one at Whole Woman's Health will have to be widened as part of the new legislation for abortion clinics to become ASCs.
Hallways like this one at Whole Woman's Health will have to be widened as part of the new legislation for abortion clinics to become ASCs.

In State Records, Little Evidence to Back Abortion Law

In their successful push this summer for new regulations, abortion opponents said they were needed because conditions at existing facilities were unsafe. But a Texas Tribune review of state inspection records from the year preceding the lawmakers’ vote turned up little evidence to suggest the facilities were putting patients in imminent danger. 

Birth control at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas.
Birth control at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas.

Texas Women's Health Program Claims Decline

The number of claims filed for medical and family planning services in the new state-run Texas Women's Health Program has dropped since the state ousted Planned Parenthood from it and set up its own program without federal financing, according to figures from the Health and Human Services Commission.

Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to the Capitol press on the Senate's pending abortion legislation on July 11, 2013.
Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to the Capitol press on the Senate's pending abortion legislation on July 11, 2013.

Dewhurst: Abortion Bill Could Get Approved This Week

The omnibus abortion bill could get full approval by the end of this week, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Thursday at a news conference that was attended by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and other proponents of the legislation.

 

 

 

State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker,  leads debate on HB 2 regarding abortion restrictions in the House on July 9, 2013.
State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, leads debate on HB 2 regarding abortion restrictions in the House on July 9, 2013.

House Approves Abortion Restrictions

UPDATED: The House voted 96-49 on Wednesday to give final approval to proposed abortion regulations in Texas. House Bill 2, which would ban abortion at 20 weeks and enact some of the strictest regulations in the country on abortion providers and facilities, now heads to the Senate.

 

Interactive: Comparing Texas' Proposed Abortion Laws

Republican lawmakers are working to pass omnibus abortion legislation in the second special legislative session that has been labeled as among the strictest in the country. This interactive shows which of Texas' existing abortion facilities would meet the new standards and compares the proposed restrictions with those in other states.

Pamela Whitehead, 39, of Katy, Texas speaks to other demonstrators opposed to abortion outside of the Texas State Capitol State Affairs Committee, July 2, 2013.
Pamela Whitehead, 39, of Katy, Texas speaks to other demonstrators opposed to abortion outside of the Texas State Capitol State Affairs Committee, July 2, 2013.

Panel Hears Testimony on Proposed Abortion Restrictions

A day after thousands of protesters swarmed the state Capitol to oppose new restrictions on abortions in Texas, a House committee voted along party lines to approve the legislation. The bill now moves to the full House.

House Committee Quietly Approves Anti-Abortion Bills

After abruptly ending hours of public testimony that went into the wee hours of Friday morning, the House State Affairs committee reconvened on Friday and quietly approved House Bill 60, its companion, Senate Bill 5 — omnibus abortion restriction legislation — and a standlone measure to ban abortion at 20 weeks gestation, House Bill 16.

Interactive: Tracking Texas' Abortion Legislation

Abortion is usually a contentious issue in the Texas Legislature — take last session, when lawmakers passed an abortion sonogram bill and cut family planning funding by two-thirds in an effort to target clinics affiliated with abortion providers. But this session, they have had relatively few public debates on it. Use our interactive to track the progress of abortion-related bills.

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

The House State Affairs committee heard testimony 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.