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UDATED: Abortion Regulations Trial Begins in Federal Court
Contested provisions set to take effect Oct. 29
DAILY News  October 21, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Supreme Court to Hear Texas Abortion Case This Week
HB 2 oral arguments start Wednesday
DAILY News  March 1, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Texas Abortion Law Case
Justices have until June to make a final ruling
DAILY News  November 13, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Undercover Audio Reveals Anti-Abortion Tactics
Anti-abortion activists monitor and track providers, patients
DAILY News  August 12, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Fifth Circuit Abortion Ruling Harms Women
Closings, tears, and outrage for women and providers at Texas clinics
DAILY News  November 1, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

UPDATED: Abortion Regulations Trial Continues in Federal Court
Second day of testimony continues this afternoon
DAILY News  October 22, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Rules For New Abortion Regs Ready to Go
DSHS Council takes public testimony during afternoon hearing
DAILY News  August 28, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

A Back Door Ban on Abortion?
Senator would regulate clinics as surgical centers
DAILY News  March 20, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...To Sen. Robert Deuell, requiring abortion clinics to be ambulatory surgical centers would ensure women seeking abortion receive the "highest standard" of care..."

Abortion Regulation Trial Concludes
Judge will rule "as quickly as I can"
DAILY News  October 23, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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: Abortion Bill Passes House
Dems expected to offer mitigating amendments
DAILY News  July 9, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

In Response to Anti-Choice Claims, Rep. Dawnna Dukes Makes Abortion Public
Dukes counters abortion "mistruth" with personal admission
DAILY News  September 22, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Abortion Regs Hearing: Déjá Vu All Over Again
Same players, same testimony
DAILY News  June 14, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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 Continue Anti-Abortion Witch Hunt
State Affairs hearing takes on fetal tissue research
DAILY News  April 28, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Abortion Providers Ask Supreme Court to Take Up HB 2
Providers want ASC and admit privileges rules gone
DAILY News  September 3, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...As promised, Texas abortion providers are taking their legal fight against draconian state regulations to the U.S. Supreme Court...."

Fifth Circuit Upholds Anti-Abortion Law
Only eight clinics expected to survive ruling
DAILY News  June 9, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...UPDATE: Abortion providers plan to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court..."

More HB 2 Fallout: Abortion Doctors Sue Dallas Hospital
HB 2 politics hits doctors unlawfully discriminated against by UGHD
DAILY News  April 17, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Abortion Providers Sue to Block Texas Fetal Burial Rule
CRR: Unconstitutional rule imposes cost burden, abortion stigma
DAILY News  December 12, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Report: Anti-Abortion Law Forces Women to Wait Longer for Procedure
Some Austin women forced to wait up to 20 days for abortion
DAILY News  October 5, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Texas Legal Abortion Rate Drops Post-HB 2
The rate of legal abortion fell 13% since House Bill 2 took effect
DAILY News  July 23, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

UPDATED: Abortion Providers Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court
Asking court to vacate appeals decision in HB 2 lawsuit
DAILY News  November 4, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Round Three: Will Dems Break Quorum to Stall Abortion Regs Measures?
Dems say all legal options on table to halt bad bills
DAILY News  July 1, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Fifth Circuit Hears Texas Abortion Law Arguments
Two of three judges on panel previously upheld anti-abortion laws
DAILY News  September 12, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

What to Expect in the House Abortion Debate
Reps will gather today at 10am
DAILY News  July 9, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

Whole Woman's Abortion Clinic To Reopen in Austin
First abortion clinic reopens since SCOTUS HB 2 ruling
DAILY News  March 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Dozens of Groups File Briefs Against Texas Abortion Law
Diverse array of organizations submit 45 briefs to SCOTUS opposing HB 2
DAILY News  January 5, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Making Abortion Harder, Vol. 877,834
A bill that passed through senate today puts a new level of bureaucracy on medical staff practicing abortions.
DAILY News  April 26, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Texas Lawmaker Wants to Make Abortion Completely Illegal
NARAL Pro-Choice says bill "most extreme" abortion measure at the Lege
DAILY News  January 12, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Council Takes a Stand Against Texas Abortion Law
Resolution to repeal HB 2 unanimously passes Council
DAILY News  September 25, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Earlier today, Austin City Council passed a resolution that supports the full repeal of Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2...."

Planned Parenthood Out, But Docs Can Still Discuss Abortion in New Texas Women's Health Program
HHSC relaxes abortion gag rule
DAILY News  October 19, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

Farrar: Repeal 24-Hour Waiting Period for Abortion
Ultrasound law has not stopped women from seeking procedure
DAILY News  March 6, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, announced Wednesday that she will file legislation to remove the 24 hour waiting period for women seeking abortion..."

5th Circuit Allows Texas Abortion Law to Take Effect
Three-judge panel stays federal judge ruling
DAILY News  October 2, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Abortion Services Restored at South Austin Planned Parenthood
Doctor now has admitting privileges, as required by HB2
DAILY News  November 22, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

ACLU to State Health Department: Stop Hiding Abortion Data
ACLU of Texas sharply accused the state health department of shielding valuable statistics on the state's abortion rates from the public
News Story  June 23, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

House Republican Sneaks in Anti-Abortion Amendments
House GOP sought to slip anti-choice amendments in unrelated bill
DAILY News  April 24, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Texas Abortion Providers Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court
Plaintiffs argue "irreparable harm" in SCOTUS appeal
DAILY News  October 7, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...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 Announces Imminent Closure of East Texas Abortion Clinic
Cites onerous restrictions of HB 2
DAILY News  July 18, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Early Start for Senate Abortion Debate
Capitol doors open at 7am for committee hearing sign up
DAILY News  July 7, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Judge Overturns Abortion Bill Provisions
But junk science is still all the rage in Texas
DAILY News  August 24, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

New FDA Guidelines Seen as a Victory for Abortion Rights
Updated FDA guidelines allow lower dosage, longer time to take pills
DAILY News  March 30, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Texas Supreme Court Makes Abortion Access for Neglected Teens Even More Difficult
Texas Court adds more rules to judicial bypass law
DAILY News  December 30, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

BREAKING: Abortion Providers Win Injunction Against Provisions of HB 2
Admitting privileges portion of HB 2 lacks "rational basis"
DAILY News  October 28, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Anti-Abortion Bill Aimed at Minors Advances
Senate gives preliminary nod to bill restricting judicial bypass
DAILY News  May 25, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Abortion Providers to File Second Suit Against HB 2
Challenging admitting privileges and ASC regulations
DAILY News  April 2, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Senate Hearing on Abortion Regs Bill Underway
Hearing expected to last 16 hours
DAILY News  July 8, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Sparks Strikes Again in Abortion Case
Fending off another attempt to intervene
DAILY News  August 23, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Whole Woman's Health Closes Two Abortion Clinics
HB 2 fallout continues
DAILY News  March 6, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

Grand Jury Clears Planned Parenthood, Indicts Anti-Abortion Activists
Center for Medical Progress members face second-degree felony charge
DAILY News  January 25, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Abortion Bill Will Be Considered Tuesday in House Committee
Testimony will be limited
DAILY News  July 1, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Lawsuit Challenges New Ultrasound-Before-Abortion Law
CRR files suit in Texas
DAILY News  June 13, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

DSHS Rules: The Right Not to Have an Abortion
Agency upholds ambulatory surgical center standard
News Story  January 3, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

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