Tribpedia: Abortion

Abortion — a medical procedure to terminate a pregnancy — was first outlawed in Texas during the 19th century. In 1961, Texas passed a law to imprison anyone who helped “procure an abortion” for a pregnant woman. The law excluded abortions necessary to protect the life of the mother, but included a clause to fine any “accomplice” who provided means ...

A day after a federal appeals court allowed Texas to begin enforcing new abortion restrictions, a group protested the ruling on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol building.
A day after a federal appeals court allowed Texas to begin enforcing new abortion restrictions, a group protested the ruling on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol building.

FDA Revises Rules for Drug-Induced Abortions

Texas women will be able to obtain medical abortions later into their pregnancies under newly approved changes by the federal Food and Drug Administration. 

Revisit Our God & Governing Series

In the 2015 Texas legislative session, state lawmakers frequently used their religious beliefs to defend their policymaking. Take a look back at "God & Governing," our documentary-style series on the role lawmakers' personal faith played in their legislating. 

Lara Chelian, center, and her mother, Renee Chelian, both abortion providers from Michigan, hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside on March 2, 2016. The case is focused on the Texas law known as House Bill 2.
Lara Chelian, center, and her mother, Renee Chelian, both abortion providers from Michigan, hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside on March 2, 2016. The case is focused on the Texas law known as House Bill 2.

State Officials Note Significant Drop in Texas Abortions

The number of abortions performed in Texas dropped 14.2 percent in 2014, with almost 9,000 fewer procedures in the state compared to the year before.

Protesters hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside.
Protesters hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside.

SCOTUS Blocks Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday blocked Louisiana from enforcing a law that threatened to close all but one of the state’s abortion clinics, an action that abortion rights supporters treated as a positive sign for the fate of a law in Texas.

Protesters hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside.
Protesters hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Abortion Restrictions

During oral arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the constitutionality of Texas’ abortion restrictions, U.S. Supreme Court justices focused on what role the rules played in closing dozens of clinics. 

The waiting room at Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast's ambulatory surgical center in Houston Friday, August 2, 2013.
The waiting room at Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast's ambulatory surgical center in Houston Friday, August 2, 2013.

Facing Felony Charges, Anti-Abortion Group Cites Free Speech Protections

As more details about the charges against anti-abortion activists who secretly-recorded Planned Parenthood staff come to light, the videographers are vowing to fight back — setting up a possible legal battle over First Amendment protections.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at a gubernatorial debate in Edinburg on Sept. 19, 2014.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at a gubernatorial debate in Edinburg on Sept. 19, 2014.

Wendy Davis Will Ask High Court to Block Abortion Limits

Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who rose to national prominence after filibustering a restrictive abortion law in 2013, will join other state lawmakers from across the country in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to strike down those regulations. 

God & Governing: Revisit the Project

In the 2015 Texas legislative session, state lawmakers frequently used their religious beliefs to defend their policymaking. Take a look back at "God & Governing," our documentary-style series on the role lawmakers' personal faith played in their legislating. 

Texas Cases Factor in New Supreme Court Term

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session, and the upcoming term will feature at least two cases from Texas — if not more. The justices will look at voting rights, UT-Austin admissions and — maybe — the state's new abortion restrictions.