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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Bill Could Reduce Number of Texas Abortion Facilities

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.

A bill advancing through the Texas Legislature could drastically decrease the number of legal abortion facilities in the state. While supporters say Senate Bill 537 will improve women’s safety, abortion rights advocates say the bill is a thinly veiled effort to close 37 of the state’s 42 abortion facilities.

State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Houston, speaks in favor of Amendment #5 to SB4 the congressional redistricting bill that would affect a small portion of north Harris County during debate on June 14, 2011.  The amendment was eventually tabled.
State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Houston, speaks in favor of Amendment #5 to SB4 the congressional redistricting bill that would affect a small portion of north Harris County during debate on June 14, 2011. The amendment was eventually tabled.

Riddle's Facebook Post Angers Breast-Feeding Moms

Facebook update state Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, posted on Tuesday suggesting that mothers should be "modest" while breast-feeding their babies in public has nearly 1,000 comments — most of them outraged. 

 

 

Medical assistant Alesia Bolden checks Nereyda Penaloza's vital signs during a visit to Women's Health at CommUnityCare, a federally qualified health center, in Austin, Texas.
Medical assistant Alesia Bolden checks Nereyda Penaloza's vital signs during a visit to Women's Health at CommUnityCare, a federally qualified health center, in Austin, Texas.

Restoring Family Planning Services Through Primary Care

Republican legislators have proposed adding $100 million to a state-run primary care program specifically for women’s health services, which could avert a political fight over subsidizing specialty family planning clinics.

Nicole Griffis, nurse practitioner, consults with a patient at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas.
Nicole Griffis, nurse practitioner, consults with a patient at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas.

HHSC: New Women's Health Program Has Enough Providers

The Health and Human Services Commission says the Texas Women’s Health Program has a greater capacity to serve impoverished women than its predecessor, a joint state-federal program that ended after the state excluded clinics affiliated with abortion providers. 

Photo Essay: Women's Health Issues Along the Border

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Here's a visual perspective of reproductive health issues in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the country's poorest areas. This year, the issue of public financing for contraceptives and cancer screenings has often become intertwined with the controversy surrounding abortion.

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. 

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.

For Now, Planned Parenthood in Women's Health Program

State health officials are working to figure out when they'll exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program. Meanwhile, the affiliates plan to continue services. 

Planned Parenthood supporters rally on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on March 8, 2011.
Planned Parenthood supporters rally on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on March 8, 2011.

Court: Texas Can Ban Planned Parenthood From WHP

A federal appeals panel on Tuesday lifted a temporary injunction and ruled that Texas can remove Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program before an October hearing in district court. 

Patient Carrie Adner of Austin speaks with Dr. Krissie Yamamoto at the Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
Patient Carrie Adner of Austin speaks with Dr. Krissie Yamamoto at the Seton-Circle of Care Women's Services at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

State-Run Women's Health Program Faces Questions

As state officials prepare to take full control of the once federally funded Texas Women’s Health Program on Nov. 1, they’re running into a series of unexpected challenges, from rule changes to questions about funding. 

A pharmacy employee in Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, holds a box of Cytotec. The medication is intended to treat ulcers but has been used by women as an abortion pill.
A pharmacy employee in Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, holds a box of Cytotec. The medication is intended to treat ulcers but has been used by women as an abortion pill.

Looking to Mexico for Alternative to Abortion Clinics

Reproductive health providers in the Rio Grande Valley warn that women are turning to unregulated Mexican pharmacies for misoprostol, an ulcer drug that can also be used to terminate a pregnancy. 

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.