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Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the "Rally for Religious Liberty" in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 21, 2015.
Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the "Rally for Religious Liberty" in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 21, 2015.

Cruz to Lead 50-State Attack on Planned Parenthood

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who has assiduously courted evangelicals throughout his presidential run, will take a lead role in the launch this week of an ambitious 50-state campaign to end taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood — a move that is likely to give the GOP candidate a major primary-season boost.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices.

Paxton: Texas Planned Parenthood Video "Consistent" With Others

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed on Wednesday that a video obtained by his office as part of its investigation into Planned Parenthood practices is “consistent” with other undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group.

X-Ray Technologist Donna Fehl, prepares to scan a patient on a mobile mammogram machine at a clinic in Port Arthur, Texas, Monday, November 11, 2013.
X-Ray Technologist Donna Fehl, prepares to scan a patient on a mobile mammogram machine at a clinic in Port Arthur, Texas, Monday, November 11, 2013.

In Funding Fight, Cancer Care Could Be Collateral Damage

GOP lawmakers, in their running effort to put Planned Parenthood clinics out of business, are considering changing how funding is distributed through a cancer screening program for poor, uninsured women. But private health clinics unaffiliated with Planned Parenthood say they'd take a huge hit, too.  

A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The organization announced the clinic was shutting down Thursday, July 31.
A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The organization announced the clinic was shutting down Thursday, July 31.

Opening Statements Made in Trial Over Abortion Regulation

UPDATED: Attorneys made their opening arguments Monday in a U.S. district court trial over a provision that requires abortion facilities to meet the same regulations as ambulatory surgical centers. Attorneys for abortion providers who filed suit also called several witnesses in the trial, which is scheduled to last through Thursday.

Hundreds rallied this week to preserve funds for Planned Parenthood's family planning services, but their pleas did not sway conservative lawmakers. “They can expect less or even zero funding for their organization this session," says state Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville. 


Family Planning Clinics to Close, Citing Reduced Funds

Three Planned Parenthood family planning facilities in southeast Texas will close by the end of August, citing the loss of access to funding. The closures aren't related to recently approved abortion restrictions.

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.

Video Series: Fertile Ground

From the evolution of state and federally subsidized contraception to the battle over Planned Parenthood to the cost of unplanned pregnancies, our six-part series on the effects of the Legislature's family planning cuts is the most comprehensive look yet at the politics of reproductive health in Texas.