Tribpedia: Abortion Sonogram Bill

The abortion sonogram legislation that passed the Texas House and Senate requires a doctor to perform a sonogram on a woman at least 24 hours before she has an abortion. During the sonogram, the doctor must describe the fetus or embryo; the woman can choose whether she wants to see images from the sonogram or listen to the heartbeat. Victims ...

Abortion Booklet Revisions Called Even More Inaccurate

Pages from the state's proposed update to A Woman's Right to Know booklet
Pages from the state's proposed update to A Woman's Right to Know booklet

Texas health officials are revising a controversial booklet that doctors are required to give to women seeking abortions. Some medical experts say the new version contains even more misinformation than the old one, including unsupported claims abut the likelihood of breast cancer, infertility and suicidal thoughts after the procedure.  

First approved by the FDA in 2000, mifepristone, when taken with another drug called misoprostol, is used to terminate early pregnancies.
First approved by the FDA in 2000, mifepristone, when taken with another drug called misoprostol, is used to terminate early pregnancies.

More Texas Women Opting for Drug-Induced Abortions

Texas abortion providers say the percentage of women at their clinics opting for drug-induced abortions to terminate early pregnancies has climbed significantly since March — when the FDA updated its rules for the medication.

Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott and Land Commissioner George P. Bush at a Texas Alliance for Life rally at the Texas Capitol on Jan. 24, 2015.
Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott and Land Commissioner George P. Bush at a Texas Alliance for Life rally at the Texas Capitol on Jan. 24, 2015.

Cecilia Abbott, George P. Bush Headline Anti-Abortion Rally

Texas' new first lady, Cecilia Abbott, and land commissioner, George P. Bush, headlined an anti-abortion rally at the state Capitol on Saturday. A nearby counter rally drew a smaller crowd.

Lenzi Sheible founded Fund Texas Women, a non-profit organization that pays for women's travel costs associated with obtaining an abortion.
Lenzi Sheible founded Fund Texas Women, a non-profit organization that pays for women's travel costs associated with obtaining an abortion.

As Abortion Clinics Close, Student Creates Travel Fund

A 20-year-old UT-Austin student responded to Texas lawmakers' restrictive abortion regulations by founding Fund Texas Women, a nonprofit that pays travel expenses to help Texas women get abortions in and outside of the state.  

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick in the Senate chamber as political drama unfolds at the Texas Capitol in the last hour of the 83rd Texas Legislature's first special session.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick in the Senate chamber as political drama unfolds at the Texas Capitol in the last hour of the 83rd Texas Legislature's first special session.

Abortion Opponents Criticize Patrick's Past Investment

Dan Patrick has made his opposition to abortion a centerpiece of his campaign for lieutenant governor. But two prominent abortion opponents are criticizing the Houston senator for once owning stock in the maker of the "morning after" pill. 

Planned Parenthood’s “Don’t Mess with Texas Women” tour bus made a stop near the University of Texas in Austin on Tuesday afternoon. The organization hopes to raise awareness of cuts to women’s health programs that it blames on Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Planned Parenthood’s Texas clinics will lose funding on March 14 from the Texas’ Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which serves some 130,000 low-income women.
Planned Parenthood’s “Don’t Mess with Texas Women” tour bus made a stop near the University of Texas in Austin on Tuesday afternoon. The organization hopes to raise awareness of cuts to women’s health programs that it blames on Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Planned Parenthood’s Texas clinics will lose funding on March 14 from the Texas’ Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which serves some 130,000 low-income women.

Feds Will Not Renew Women's Health Program

The federal government will not renew the Women's Health Program, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in Houston on Friday.

Rosario Espriella (center) waits for her appointment at the Edinburg, Texas Planned Parenthood clinic on Tuesday, February 14 with her children L to R:  Edgar, 6, Eduardo, 12, Diego, 2 months and Victor, 10.
Rosario Espriella (center) waits for her appointment at the Edinburg, Texas Planned Parenthood clinic on Tuesday, February 14 with her children L to R: Edgar, 6, Eduardo, 12, Diego, 2 months and Victor, 10.

Women's Clinics Retreat as Finances Are Cut

For the state's social conservatives, forgoing family planning funding is a small price to pay to send a powerful message: They want Planned Parenthood out of Texas. 

Gov. Rick Perry with wife Anita at a Williamson County Republican dinner in Round Rock, his first public appearance since leaving the presidential race.
Gov. Rick Perry with wife Anita at a Williamson County Republican dinner in Round Rock, his first public appearance since leaving the presidential race.

Perry Targets "Pro-Abortion Radicals" in CPAC Speech

Gov. Rick Perry targeted “left-wing, pro-abortion radicals” in a speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, blaming the Obama administration for the state’s stand-off over the Women’s Health Program.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 118

On this week's TribCast, Ben, Ross, Emily and Morgan discuss redistricting, public school accountability testing and the controversy involving Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood.