• While Abortion Faces New Limits, Women's Health Gets a Financial Boost

    In the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers sought to mitigate the impact of 2011 budget cuts with the largest financial package for women’s health services in state history. Still, women’s health advocates have raised concerns that the financing does not go far enough and that new abortion restrictions could create additional burdens on women.

  • Health Council Gives Tacit Approval to Abortion Rules

    UPDATED: Despite pleas from reproductive rights advocates to amend proposed rules to enact strict regulations on abortion facilities, the Department of State Health Services’ governing council gave tacit approval to them on Thursday.


  • Interactive: Safety Records for Abortion Facilities in Texas

    Texas will enact new regulations on abortion facilities and doctors who perform the procedure in October. Use this interactive to look up the most recent state inspection records for abortion facilities and see how many abortion facilities have closed since January.

  • In State Records, Little Evidence to Back Stricter Abortion Regulations

    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. 

  • Advocates' Suit Targets Abortion Restrictions

    The next stage in abortion rights advocates’ efforts to block implementation of strict new regulations on the procedure in Texas began on Friday, as the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union and a group of abortion providers across the state filed a lawsuit in federal court.


  • 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.

  • Court Battle Continues Over Texas Abortion Regulations

    UPDATED: Abortion providers and state attorneys will present their final arguments Wednesday morning on whether the restrictions on the procedure in House Bill 2 are constitutional. 



  • Final Arguments Made in Case on State's New Abortion Regulations

    With days remaining until new abortion regulations take effect in Texas, attorneys for abortion providers and the state of Texas presented their final arguments Wednesday on whether those restrictions meet constitutional muster.

  • State Seeks Emergency Stay Over Abortion Ruling

    UPDATED: The Texas attorney general's office is seeking an emergency stay, asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel’s ruling against abortion regulations in House Bill 2.  

  • 5th Circuit Reverses Ruling on Abortion Bill

    Texas abortion providers’ Monday victory was short-lived. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a federal district court ruling that found part of the state's new abortion regulations unconstitutional, meaning the provisions of House Bill 2 could take effect immediately if state officials choose to enforce them.

  • Abortion Providers Ask SCOTUS to Reinstate Injunction

    UPDATED: State attorneys filed a response on Tuesday to abortion providers’ request for the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the ongoing legal battle over the constitutionality of Texas' new regulations on the procedure.


  • Report: Latinas Struggle to Access Reproductive Care

    The closure of nine of 32 family planning clinics in the Rio Grande Valley has compounded the struggles of low-income, Latina women trying to access reproductive health services, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for Reproductive Health and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

  • Abortion Opponents: New Regulations Haven't Increased Burden for Women

    Hoping to prove that new regulations on abortion providers aren't creating an undue burden, abortion opponents are calling attention to the availability of appointments to obtain the procedure.



  • SCOTUS Won't Intervene in Texas Abortion Case

    U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday rejected a request by abortion providers to intervene in their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of new abortion regulations in Texas that took effect in November.

  • After SCOTUS Decision, Abortion Providers Work to Secure Access

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday not to intervene in Texas’ ongoing abortion litigation, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are working to secure access to the procedure for women across the state.

  • Nelson Pushes Further Expansion of Women's Health Services

    As Texas continues to rebuild the state’s network of family planning providers, state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, believes that there’s even greater capacity for the state to expand women’s health services.

  • Claims Drop Under New Women's Health Program

    To stop Planned Parenthood from receiving public financing, Texas’ Republican leaders gambled that the state could operate the Women's Health Program without tens of millions of federal dollars annually. But with the exclusion of roughly 40 Planned Parenthood clinics from the program in 2013, records show claims for birth control and wellness exams dropped, as did enrollment numbers.

  • State Agency Finalizes Abortion Regulations

    The Texas Department of State Health Services finalized strict new abortion regulations on Friday, claiming that none of the 19,000 public comments on the rules provided evidence that they are unconstitutional.


  • Providers, Patients Face Obstacles in Women's Health Program

    To replace Planned Parenthood clinics, state health officials have recruited physician groups to participate in the Women's Health Program. But unlike family planning clinics, physician groups generally don't have the funding to provide low-income women with the free or subsidized services that aren't covered by the state-run program. 

  • Interactive: Track 2014 State Spending on Primary Care for Women

    In an effort to rebuild the state’s women’s health infrastructure following the cuts they made in 2011, Texas lawmakers in 2013 added $100 million to the budget to expand primary health care services for women in the 2014-15 biennium. Use this interactive to see how much the state has awarded individual regions for 2014, the percentage of that money expected to be spent on family planning and the total anticipated clients.



  • Senate Panel's Hearing to Examine Progress on Women's Health Services

    State senators will hold a hearing Thursday to assess Texas’ efforts to expand access to women’s health services across the state. Abortion rights advocates say an essential issue has been left off the agenda — the impact of strict abortion regulations passed in the previous legislative session.

  • Senators Revisit Efforts to Expand Women's Health

    The Senate Health and Human Services committee discussed Texas’ efforts to expand access to women’s health services across the state at a hearing on Thursday as abortion rights advocates gathered nearby to protest the strict abortion regulations passed by the Legislature last year. 

  • Abortion Provider Shutters McAllen and Beaumont Clinics

    Whole Woman's Health announced late Wednesday that it is closing two abortion clinics — one in the already underserved Rio Grande Valley and another in Beaumont — as a result of strict abortion regulations passed by the Legislature last year.


  • Interactive: New Abortion Regulations and Their Effect on Texas Facilities

    Abortion facilities across Texas have shuttered because of new abortion regulations approved by the Legislature last year. Use this interactive map to see how the number of abortion facilities in Texas has changed, and where facilities will remain open when more regulations take effect in September.

  • 5th Circuit Upholds Texas Abortion Regulations

    Siding with the state of Texas on Thursday, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled there isn’t enough evidence that the state's new abortion regulations create an undue burden on the majority of Texas women attempting to access abortion.

  • Abortion Providers Plan to File Second Lawsuit

    Less than a week after a federal court upheld two new Texas abortion requirements already in effect, abortion providers are planning to file another lawsuit. They are seeking a court order to block regulations that would require abortion facilities to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers.

  • Lawmakers Push to Consolidate Women's Health Programs

    Three years after slashing family planning funding, lawmakers have created new programs to restore access to care. Now they want to consolidate those programs to improve access to family planning, cancer screenings and other health services for the state’s poorest women. Critics say more changes are the last thing Texas' embattled women's health system needs. 

  • Appeals Court: Texas Can Enforce Strict Abortion Rules for Now

    As it hears arguments in an appeal of a federal judge’s decision overturning new requirements for Texas abortion facilities, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the state could enforce the requirements in the meantime. That means eight or fewer abortion clinics in Texas will be able to stay open. 




  • Interactive Map: Texas' Remaining Abortion Clinics

    After a ruling by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, there will be just eight abortion clinics authorized to perform the procedure in Texas. Here's an interactive map that shows where the clinics used to be — and where they are now.