Abortions in Texas ceased following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that eliminated the constitutional protection for an abortion. Texans who want to access abortion at any stage of pregnancy will have to travel out of state, look beyond the U.S.-Mexico border or operate outside of the law, while others will carry unwanted pregnancies to term. Birth control and emergency contraceptives, commonly referred to as Plan B, are different from the drugs used to induce an abortion and remain legal.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade will not fall equally. Texans most likely to seek out abortion care in the past are now the least likely to be able to afford it. People of color will be most disproportionately affected. Full Story
In the same decision that overruled Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court was clear that the constitutional right to access contraceptives remains untouched — though one justice said he would welcome challenges to that right. Full Story
New Mexico is expected to become a “haven state” where abortion remains legal and largely accessible. That state has six abortion clinics and is gearing up for an influx of patients. The nearest clinic there is a 12-hour drive from Houston and a 10-hour drive from Dallas. Full Story
Abortion clinics, and the patients they serve, have always had to adapt to changing laws and tightening restrictions. But the Supreme Court seems poised to deliver the fatal blow they’ve been dodging for decades. Full Story
In Texas, the number of abortions increased 7% between 2017 and 2019 but decreased between 2019 and 2020. The Guttmacher Institute attributed the decline in part to the state’s near-total ban on abortion as part of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions early in the pandemic. Full Story
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Women’s health care providers are holding back when counseling pregnant patients about treatment options, doctors report pharmacists are hesitant to distribute some prescriptions, and OB-GYN training is diminishing for Texas medical school students. Full Story
More than a quarter of women of childbearing age are uninsured in Texas, the highest rate in the nation, and the state has chosen to cap Medicaid benefits for new moms earlier than other states. Full Story
Most Texans who got abortions in the state were in their 20s and 30s, and the vast majority of abortions were performed 10 weeks into pregnancy or earlier. Black Texans consistently had the highest rates of abortion. Full Story
State leaders say expanding a social safety net for children and prosecuting abortion funders are among their priorities. “We’ll continue to do our best to make abortion not just outlawed, but unthinkable,” said state Rep. Briscoe Cain. Full Story
Democrats are hopeful that the looming threat of such a stunning political sea change could provide the strongest opportunity yet to energize their voters heading into an election year in which Republicans have been expected to dominate in Texas and beyond. Full Story