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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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.

Bill Could Reduce Number of Texas Abortion Facilities

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

The fight to restore family planning funding cut from the state budget last session has taken a turn toward 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.

Health Advocates Make Case for Medicaid Expansion

Health care advocates flocked to the Capitol on Thursday to urge the Senate Finance Committee to consider the benefits of expanding Medicaid to impoverished adults, restore funding for family planning services cut last session and encourage redesign of the state’s health delivery system to help additional disabled and low-income Texans.

Newsreel: Women's Health, Guns and the Lege

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In this edition of the Newsreel: Legislative debate over women's health funding, abortion and Planned Parenthood has started. This week is the 4oth anniversary of the Rove v. Wade ruling. Lawmakers are talking again about guns on campus. And the session is moving into higher gear, with the budget, committees, and the governor's agenda on tap.

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.

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 on Monday said a new survey it commissioned shows 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 moved to exclude clinics affiliated with abortion providers. 

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.

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 at an ambulatory surgical center. 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 scrambling to figure out exactly 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. In March, Gov. Rick Perry said the state would exclude abortion providers and their affiliates from the program, sparking a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood affiliates. 

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.