"...UPDATE: According to research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, if provisions of the sweeping and controversial abortion regulations law passed this summer take effect as planned next week, more than 22,000 women seeking abortion will be left without access to care, UT professor Joe Potter testified today in federal court...."
"...On Wednesday, March 2, anyone interested in the future of reproductive health will be intently focused on the U.S. Supreme Court, where the most pivotal abortion rights case in more than two decades will be heard – and it all centers around a law born in the Texas Capitol...."
"...Update: Plaintiffs in the HB 2 challenge expressed optimism today after learning SCOTUS would take up their case against the state's harsh abortion restrictions. “Today, my heart is filled with hope," said Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, in a statement...."
"...Anti-abortion activists in Texas employ strategies to identify and monitor abortion patients, investigate abortion providers and clinic staff, and search tax records to find locations of abortion providers, according to newly released undercover audio...."
"...There were tears at Planned Parenthood's South Austin clinic this morning – from both patients and providers – as hundreds of women across the city were turned away from abortion care by their provider of choice and forced to try to find other access to care, potentially hundreds of miles away...."
"...UPDATE: Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, which operates five abortion clinics across Texas, says she's worked hard to recruit and retain well-qualified doctors to provide Texas women with high-quality abortion care – and it hasn't been easy, she testified this afternoon in federal court...."
"...Orange-shirted supporters of reproductive rights on Wednesday expressed to the State Health Services Council their concerns about what enforcement of newly-enacted abortion regulations will do to access to abortion care and family planning services for Texas women. Almost certainly, those concerns will remain unheeded...."
"...To Sen. Robert Deuell, requiring abortion clinics to be ambulatory surgical centers would ensure women seeking abortion receive the "highest standard" of care..."
"...Unless a federal judge blocks implementation of Texas' new sweeping abortion regulations, 13 clinics across Texas – including Planned Parenthood in Austin – would as of Tuesday be unable to provide women with safe and legal abortion care...."
"...UPDATE:House Republican lawmakers tonight gave preliminary approval to controversial and sweeping abortion regulations bill known as House Bill 2. The House will reconvene tomorrow morning to consider the bill for final passage..."
"...During a heated women’s health panel, coordinated by the Texas Tribune Festival, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, unexpectedly revealed she had an abortion...."
"...Women dressed in Mad Men-era garb and dozens wearing bright orange T-shirts that read, "My Family Values Women" gathered in the Senate chamber Thursday afternoon for a committee hearing on a quartet of measures that opponents say are designed solely to restrict access to abortion and to drive back in time women's reproductive rights...."
"...Texas lawmakers continued their anti-abortion witch hunt on Thursday morning under the guise of conducting a committee hearing ostensibly focused on fetal tissue research, albeit this time with a little less spectacle...."
"...As promised, Texas abortion providers are taking their legal fight against draconian state regulations to the U.S. Supreme Court...."
"...UPDATE: Abortion providers plan to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court..."
"...For more than 30 years, obstetricians Lamar Robinson and Jasbir Ahluwalia provided legal abortion care at licensed women's clinics. And after the legislature last year passed House Bill 2, requiring that all abortion doctors receive hospital admitting privileges, the doctors sought and received privileges at University General Hospital Dallas...."
"...The Center for Reproductive Rights, representing a group of abortion providers, is suing Texas in an effort to block a new state health department rule that forces women to bury or cremate their fetus or embryo after an abortion or miscarriage, regardless of gestation period...."
"...The evidence demonstrating the disastrous effects of abortion-restrictive law, House Bill 2, on Texas women continues to pile up. But the willingness of anti-choice lawmakers and conservative-leaning judges to accept the reality is an entirely different story...."
"...Newly released data, collected directly from Texas abortion providers, shows what many reproductive health leaders and advocates have anticipated in the post House Bill 2 landscape – a drop in the number of legal abortions...."
"...Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia has ordered the state of Texas to respond by Nov. 12 to an appeal filed by abortion providers seeking to block implementation of the controversial requirement from House Bill 2 that abortion doctors have nearby admitting privileges...."
"...When the Texas House convened last month to pass, on third reading and onto the Senate for final passage, Senate Bill 5, the omnibus abortion regulations bill, Austin Rep. Elliott Naishtat heard several colleagues discussing whether House Dems would be ready to walk out – to break quorum – in order to stop the measure from moving forward...."
"...This morning, a largely conservative New Orleans appellate court heard arguments that will ultimately decide the future of more than a dozen Texas abortion clinics...."
"...With its easy passage out of committee last week, the full House is set this morning to hold its first debate on House Bill 2, the sweeping abortion regs bill filed by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker..."
"...The Whole Woman’s Health abortion clinic in North Austin – shuttered in the wake of anti-choice House Bill 2 – will reopen in April, clinic leaders announced today...."
"...A wide-ranging group of respected organizations, prominent individuals, and government agencies are in consensus: House Bill 2, the draconian multi-part Texas abortion law, is harmful to women...."
"...Another legislative end-run around Roe v. Wade has made its way through the Texas Senate today, with Senate Bill 785 getting through its final vote on a 20-10 split vote. This over-the-shoulder legislative intrusion into clinics and hospital says that doctors will have to file an abortion-reporting form with the Department of State Health Services whenever they perform an abortion..."
"...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...."
"...Earlier today, Austin City Council passed a resolution that supports the full repeal of Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2...."
"...Final rules for the Texas Women's Health Program exclude Planned Parenthood, relax rules covering provider discussions of abortion, and include funding for treatment of sexually-transmitted infections. And, if the state can line up enough providers, the new program will launch Nov..."
"...Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, announced Wednesday that she will file legislation to remove the 24 hour waiting period for women seeking abortion..."
"...In an anticipated ruling, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to immediately enforce Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2. The decision is widely expected to close all but seven abortion care centers in Texas and impact roughly 1 million women...."
"...The post-House Bill 2 world is decidedly bleak for women in need of legal abortion care, but today there's a bit of good news for those women: Planned Parenthood's South Austin surgical center is back in business...."
"...Against the backdrop of a looming U.S. Supreme Court decision on Texas' abortion restrictive House Bill 2, the ACLU of Texas sharply accused the state health department of shielding valuable statistics on the state's abortion rates from the public...."
"...In an unassuming move Thursday evening, conservative House Republicans sought to tack on a duo of anti-abortion amendments to a largely unrelated, mundane bill (HB 2510) meant to improve operations at the Department of State Health Services, against the wishes of bill author Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo...."
"...After last week’s 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that immediately enforced Texas abortion law House Bill 2 – leaving just eight clinics in the state – plaintiffs representing abortion providers have now turned to the U.S. Supreme Court for relief...."
"...Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast today announced that it would close three clinics in eastern Texas, including its abortion facility in Bryan, which PPGC President Melaney Linton said is directly attributable to the provisions of House Bill 2, signed into law today by Gov. Rick Perry...."
"...It'll be an early start for anyone giving testimony on Senate Bill 1 – the new restrictions on reproductive rights and abortion provision – at the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on July 8: Testimony starts at 10am, but sign-up opens at 9am. Expect the lines to be long when the Capitol opens at 7am...."
"...A federal judge in South Dakota has done what public health and elected officials in Texas have yet to do: Strike down provisions of the state's "informed consent" for abortion law that are a matter of opinion and not medical fact...."
"...A change to abortion drug labeling by the Food and Drug Administration today could reverse some of the onerous restrictions found in Texas law, House Bill 2...."
"...During the 2015 legislative session, anti-choice lawmakers succeeded in throwing up substantial barriers to abortion access for some of the state’s most vulnerable – abused, neglected minors. And yesterday, the Texas Supreme Court made those rules even more difficult...."
"...Federal district Judge Lee Yeakel this afternoon has invalidated portions of the controversial abortion regulations House Bill 2, blocking certain provisions from taking effect tomorrow, Oct. 29...."
"...A measure that poses substantial hurdles to abortion access for vulnerable minors took another step forward to becoming law, as the Texas Senate approved the package legislation on second reading Monday afternoon...."
"...Days after an appeals court upheld two provisions of the controversial House Bill 2, abortion providers today said they will file a second lawsuit, again attacking the hospital admitting privileges provision, and lodging a new attack against the legality of a requirement that clinics comply with standards devised for surgical centers...."
"...Texas Senate staffers had a procedure for registering witnesses up and running like a well-oiled machine hours before the Health and Human Services Committee convened this morning to consider Senate Bill 1, the Senate's version of the sweeping abortion regulations measure being considered during this second-called special session...."
"...Just when you thought federal District Judge Sam Sparks might have some time to work on his first opinion related to the state's new ultrasound-before-abortion bill, he's had to stop and take time out, once again, to fend off the attempts of political grandstanders wanting to intervene and tell him what's what...."
"...Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, this morning announced that today she closed two women's clinics open since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion more than 40 years ago, thanks to the draconian provisions of House Bill 2, passed last summer..."
"...After two months of review, a Harris County grand jury chose not to indict Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast over allegations of unlawful misconduct on Monday – they did, however, indict two anti-abortion activists involved in making the allegations against the reproductive health provider...."
"...Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, chair of the House State Affairs Committee, said this afternoon that he will limit the amount of testimony allowed during the posted Tuesday, July 2, afternoon hearing of House Bill 2, the omnibus abortion regulations bill that's on the top of the agenda of today's second-called special legislative session...."
"...This just in: The Center for Reproductive Rights today filed suit in federal court in Austin, challenging the newly-codified mandatory ultrasound-before-abortion law...."
"...On Dec. 27, the Texas Department of State Health Services adopted new regulations that will require most Texas abortion facilities to transform their operations to meet standards consistent with "ambulatory surgical centers." Announcing the rules, the DSHS noted that "some licensed abortion facilities may not be financially capable of complying" with the new regulations, though DSHS "cannot accurately estimate the impact of the adopted rules on licensees." (Texas Register, Dec..."