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I Pee With LGBT
Trans rights activists and allies around Texas are “rolling up their sleeves, pulling down their pants, and peeing with LGBT” after Austin native and renowned director Richard Linklater collaborated with ACLU of Texas, GSD&M, and Legacy Community Health on a commercial denouncing Texas’ proposed bathroom bill.

11:12AM Wed. Feb. 22, Courtney Naquin Read More | Comment »

Judge Blocks Texas From Kicking Planned Parenthood Out of Medicaid
Austin-based U.S. Federal District Judge Sam Sparks blocked Texas health officials from kicking Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid on Tuesday, writing that the action would stand against federal law and cause irreparable injury to the 12,000 low-income Texas women who visit the reproductive health provider.

7:30PM Tue. Feb. 21, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

ICE Raid in Austin?
UPDATE (Feb. 10): Reports are coming in that ICE raids are taking place around Austin. Immigrant Services Network of Austin is directing those affected to resources and fact sheets from United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center, as well as a deportation crisis hotline (512-270-1515).

3:50PM Thu. Feb. 2, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Federal Judge Again Delays Fetal Burial Rule
In an order issued Friday afternoon, U.S. Judge Sam Sparks again put on hold a proposed health department rule that forces women to bury or cremate their fetus or embryo after an abortion or miscarriage, regardless of gestation period.

5:30PM Fri. Jan. 27, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Federal Judge (Temporarily) Blocks Texas From Denying Planned Parenthood Patients Medicaid
Following a three-day hearing that concluded Thursday afternoon, U.S. Judge Sam Sparks granted a temporary injunction blocking Texas officials from removing Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program until at least Feb. 21.

4:24PM Thu. Jan. 19, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Planned Parenthood's Standoff to Save Medicaid Continues
If there’s one common theme state attorneys share in defending anti-choice rules in court this month, it’s a lack of tangible evidence.

8:00AM Thu. Jan. 19, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

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Planned Parenthood Fights Texas in Court to Save Medicaid
Planned Parenthood affiliates are in court this week to halt state officials’ plans to boot the provider from Medicaid, as promised last month.

8:10AM Wed. Jan. 18, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Texas Lawmaker Wants to Make Abortion Completely Illegal
With complete disregard to women’s constitutionally protected right to an abortion, Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, filed a bill this week that would outright criminalize abortion at any stage.

4:10PM Thu. Jan. 12, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Judge Sparks Critical of State's Defense of Fetal Burial Rule
During the second day of hearings to challenge a state health department rule that would force women to bury or cremate their fetal and embryonic remains after an abortion, miscarriage, or ectopic pregnancy (regardless of gestation period), the court heard from state witnesses, who often failed to ensure their ability and capacity to handle the new rule.

11:35AM Thu. Jan. 5, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

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