Mary Tuma

Staff Writer

Mary Tuma previously wrote for the Texas Independent, the American Independent News Network, and San Antonio Current. Her work has appeared in The Progressive, Ms. Magazine, the Huffington Post, Salon, Alternet, and more. Tuma focuses on politics, women's health care, and social justice issues. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Texas House Passes Near-Total Abortion Ban
Texas House Passes Near-Total Abortion Ban
SB 8 allows anyone the right to sue a provider

News, May 5, 2021

Local Legal Leaders Come Out Swinging Against Anti-Abortion Bills
Local Legal Leaders Come Out Swinging Against Anti-Abortion Bills
Proposals let literally anyone drag providers into court

News, April 30, 2021

Lege Finds Even More Funds for Anti-Choice Grifters
Lege Finds Even More Funds for Anti-Choice Grifters
Alternatives to Abortion program gets $100M in House budget

News, April 23, 2021

After Years Sheltered From ICE by Local Churches, Immigrants Get Reprieve
After Years Sheltered From ICE by Local Churches, Immigrants Get Reprieve
Trio of refugees granted stays of removal for the next year

News, April 22, 2021

Texas Senate Speeds This Year's Abortion Bills Through Lege
Texas Senate Speeds This Year's Abortion Bills Through Lege
GOP lawmakers push half-dozen anti-choice bills restricting abortion care, access

News, April 1, 2021

Lege Ticker: Someone Has to Pay the Post-Storm Electric Bill
Lege Ticker: Someone Has to Pay the Post-Storm Electric Bill
The price is right?

News, March 18, 2021

Everything's Broken and Thousands are Dead, But There's Always Time For Abortion Bans in Texas
Everything's Broken and Thousands are Dead, But There's Always Time For Abortion Bans in Texas
Seven "priority" anti-choice bills sail to Senate floor

News, March 17, 2021

Lege Takes Direct Aim at Austin Abortion Aid
Lege Takes Direct Aim at Austin Abortion Aid

News, Feb. 18, 2021

Legislators Take Direct Aim at Austin’s Support for Abortion
Legislators Take Direct Aim at Austin’s Support for Abortion
Bills target city's funding of logistical assistance

News, Feb. 12, 2021

With Rosie's Law, Austin Legislators Aim to Restore Abortion Coverage
With Rosie's Law, Austin Legislators Aim to Restore Abortion Coverage
Sheryl Cole, Sarah Eckhardt introduce bicameral legislation that would expand health insurance coverage for abortion care

News, Jan. 28, 2021

Women's Health Advocates Brace for
Women's Health Advocates Brace for "Perfect Storm" at Texas Legislature
Republican lawmakers racing to further restrict abortion access

News, Jan. 14, 2021

ICE Targeted Immigrants in Sanctuary With Hefty Fines, Emails Show
ICE Targeted Immigrants in Sanctuary With Hefty Fines, Emails Show
Documents show Trump administration surveilled and targeted

News, Oct. 29, 2020

5th Circuit Strikes Down Texas Anti-Choice Law
5th Circuit Strikes Down Texas Anti-Choice Law
Judges say law would have forced women into "painful, invasive, and experimental" procedures

News, Oct. 22, 2020

It's Real and It's Spectacular: <i>Seinfeld</i> Stars To Raise Funds for Texas Dems
It's Real and It's Spectacular: Seinfeld Stars To Raise Funds for Texas Dems
Any-size donation gets you in the (virtual) door Friday

News, Oct. 21, 2020

ICE Quietly Renews 10-Year Contract With T. Don Hutto Detention Center
ICE Quietly Renews 10-Year Contract With T. Don Hutto Detention Center
Taylor prison houses largely asylum-seeking women and has been the subject of numerous accusations of abuse

News, Aug. 20, 2020

City Council Redirects APD Funds to Abortion Support Access
City Council Redirects APD Funds to Abortion Support Access
$250K to flow toward abortion support services

News, Aug. 14, 2020

SCOTUS Protects Abortion Rights, Upholds Texas Precedent
SCOTUS Protects Abortion Rights, Upholds Texas Precedent
Roberts concurs with majority to strike down Louisiana measure

News, June 29, 2020

Pro-Choice Groups Strike Back at Malicious Abortion Foe
Pro-Choice Groups Strike Back at Malicious Abortion Foe
Leader of small-town ban effort slapped with defamation suit

News, June 11, 2020

After a Month of Chaos, Abortion Care Returns to Texas
After a Month of Chaos, Abortion Care Returns to Texas
Clinics, patients, and the law get put through the ringer over care

News, April 30, 2020

Texas, Abortion, and COVID-19: The Chaos Timeline
Texas, Abortion, and COVID-19: The Chaos Timeline
Charting 30 days of legal back-and-forth

News, April 30, 2020

Abortion Resumes in Texas After COVID-19 Ban
Abortion Resumes in Texas After COVID-19 Ban
Local providers express anxiety state may halt services again

News, April 23, 2020

5th Circuit Restores Medication Abortion (For Now)
5th Circuit Restores Medication Abortion (For Now)
Latest twist in legal battle offers partial victory to providers

News, April 14, 2020

Texas Workforce Commission Overflowing With Unemployment Claims
Texas Workforce Commission Overflowing With Unemployment Claims
Has COVID-19 exposed the flaws in an inadequate state system?

News, April 3, 2020

Paxton Gets 5th Circuit to Reinstate His Abortion Ban
Paxton Gets 5th Circuit to Reinstate His Abortion Ban
Even during a pandemic, anti-choice politics take precedence

News, March 31, 2020

Judge Blocks State From Banning Abortion During Pandemic
Judge Blocks State From Banning Abortion During Pandemic
Texas providers can continue delivering essential care – for now.

News, March 30, 2020

Abortion Providers Sue Abbott, Paxton Over Pandemic Ban
Abortion Providers Sue Abbott, Paxton Over Pandemic Ban
Procedures are time-sensitive and essential, suit argues

News, March 26, 2020

State Officials
Officials "Exploiting" Pandemic to Ban Abortion?
Reproductive rights groups blast Abbott, Paxton

News, March 24, 2020

Social Justice Advocates Call for Big Moves to Ease the Blow of Coronavirus
Social Justice Advocates Call for Big Moves to Ease the Blow of Coronavirus
The most at risk

News, March 19, 2020

Advocates Call on City, County to Protect Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Outbreak
Advocates Call on City, County to Protect Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Outbreak
Education, health, housing, justice addressed by list of demands

News, March 16, 2020

Amid Coronavirus, Labor Advocates Call on State to End Attack on Paid Sick Leave
Labor Advocates Call for Paid Sick Leave Reform
Abbott fails to account for millions who can’t just “work from home”

News, March 13, 2020

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