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Report: HB 2 Raises Barriers
Anti-abortion law does its damage: longer drives and higher costs
DAILY News  March 17, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...During arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month, an attorney representing a group of Texas abortion providers claimed the clinic regulations found in House Bill 2 pose an undue burden on women, as they are now being forced to travel much further for abortion care...."

State Files Appeal to Overturn HB 2 Ruling
State claims to suffer "immediate injury" from abortion ruling
DAILY News  September 1, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...As expected, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an appeal to the 5th Circuit Court Sunday to overturn a recent federal court ruling that found parts of Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2, unconstitutional...."

HB 2 Trial [Updated]
Abortion providers argue for health, safety of women
DAILY News  August 5, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...In Day 2 of the trial to combat provisions of Texas’ abortion-restrictive House Bill 2, a local reproductive health provider recounted the increased instances of state regulator visits following her involvement with the first lawsuit against HB 2, filed in 2013...."

Court Denies State's Request to Enforce HB 2 ... for Now
Abbott's appeal chastised for tardiness
DAILY News  September 3, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Update: Suit plaintiff, Whole Woman’s Health, announced today that they will reopen their previously closed McAllen center (shut down in March as a result of HB 2) and continue abortion care services at their Ft. Worth and San Antonio clinics..."

Meet the Anti-Abortion 'Wordsmith' Defending HB 2
Did a state consultant act unethically during this month's HB 2 trial?
News Story  August 21, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...During the recent trial challenging parts of the Texas abortion law – House Bill 2 – witnesses for the state consistently denied receiving help drafting their testimony defending the legislation expected to shut down all but a handful of clinics. And one by one, plaintiffs' attorneys (representing abortion providers) "refreshed" their memories – with email correspondence that revealed the fingerprints of one highly influential man – Vincent Rue..."

'No Undue Burden': 5th Circuit Upholds HB 2
5th Circuit overrules Yeakel, upholds HB 2
News Story  April 4, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...In ruling last week that portions of Texas' controversial abortion regulations law (House Bill 2) pass constitutional muster, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that evidence challenging the law, brought by abortion providers, lacked substance...."

BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Anti-Abortion Law HB 2
In a 5-3 ruling, SCOTUS says HB 2 creates an undue burden for women
DAILY News  June 27, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...In a historic victory for reproductive rights, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down two key parts of Texas’ draconian omnibus law, House Bill 2...."

HB 2 Trial Comes to a Close
Both sides give closing arguments in case against Texas' abortion law
DAILY News  August 13, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Closing arguments took place Wednesday morning in the trial of the lawsuit against Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2...."

New HB 2 Suit Challenges Regulations That Could Shutter All But Six Texas Clinics
Suit seeks to block enforcement of two provisions
DAILY News  April 3, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...Just less than a week after an appeals court upheld two provisions of the controversial House Bill 2, abortion providers on Wednesday filed a second lawsuit attacking the bill's hospital admitting privileges provision, and challenging the legality of a requirement that all clinics comply with standards devised for surgical centers...."

HB 2 Back in Court: Judges Get Critical
Abortion providers “encouraged” by judges’ skepticism
DAILY News  January 7, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...In New Orleans this morning, justices on the notoriously conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a critical line of questioning during a hearing to determine the fate of the final provision of Texas’ draconian abortion law, House Bill 2...."

State Witnesses Continue to Show AG's Influence on HB 2 Testimony
Attorney General's office paid Rue $42,000 to assist witnesses
DAILY News  August 7, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...In the fourth day of trial in the suit to block sections of Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2, the state continued to offer witness testimony in U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel’s Austin federal courtroom on Thursday that has been aided and edited by national anti-abortion figure, Dr..."

State Witnesses Defend HB 2
Testimony coached by national anti-abortion figure
DAILY News  August 7, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Among the state defense witnesses who took the stand on the third day of trial against Texas’ abortion-restricting House Bill 2 were two women with overt objections to abortion and one physician whose testimony in support of abortion regulations was recently discredited by a federal court...."

Abortions Decrease in Texas After HB 2, Data Shows
DSHS finally releases 2014 abortion stats after ACLU request
DAILY News  June 30, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...After accusations of a department-wide strategic cover-up of key abortion data lodged by the ACLU of Texas, the Department of State Health Services released finalized statistics on abortion for 2014, the first full year after Texas’ anti-choice House Bill 2 went into effect, on Thursday afternoon...."

U.S. Supreme Court Stops HB 2
Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito dissent
DAILY News  October 14, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court halted key provisions of Texas abortion law, House Bill 2, from taking effect...."

5th Circuit Denies HB 2 Rehearing
And: Abbott calls HB 2 barriers 'manageable inconvenience'
DAILY News  October 10, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...In another devastating but anticipated blow to Texas reproductive rights, the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request made by abortion providers to rehear their initial case against the state’s four-part abortion law, House Bill 2...."

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...."

Chair Cuts Off Questions, Passes HB 2
More than 1,000 voices left unheard
DAILY News  July 3, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...House Bill 2, the sweeping abortion regulations bill, passed out of the House State Affairs Committee shortly after midnight on an 8-3 vote after Rep. Byron Cook, committee chair, unceremoniously cut off questions of bill author Rep..."

HB 2 Back in Court
The second legal battle to halt House Bill 2 begins Monday morning
News Story  July 31, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...The second legal battle to halt House Bill 2 begins Monday in U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel's Austin courtroom..."

HB 2 Protesters Return to Court
Prosecutors juggle charges – A, B, C – without resolution
DAILY News  April 22, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...It's been more than nine months since state lawmakers passed the controversial abortion regulations known as House Bill 2 – that’s the same amount of time that a group of protesters arrested at the Capitol last July have been waiting to learn whether they'll be formally charged in connection with their activism against the abortion measure...."

Lawsuit Filed Against HB 2
Reproductive rights groups take state abortion restrictions to court
DAILY News  September 27, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...A federal lawsuit filed against the state of Texas this morning by reproductive rights advocates on behalf of abortion providers across the state challenges two significant provisions of House Bill 2, the controversial omnibus anti-abortion law, enacted this summer during a second special-called legislative session...."

HB 2 Ruling Reactions, Local Impact
Only one Austin abortion clinic survives HB 2
DAILY News  October 3, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Following yesterday’s 5th Circuit Court ruling that allowed Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2, to take effect, only one out of three surviving reproductive health care providers remains in Austin...."

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...."

Perry Signs HB 2
Fight over abortion regs will move to courts
DAILY News  July 18, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...The Capitol Auditorium was a veritable who's who of anti-choice politics this morning as lawmakers and advocates from across the state gathered to see Gov. Rick Perry sign into law House Bill 2, the sweeping abortion regulations bill passed last week after months of debate and protest...."

Pro-Choice Protest Planned for HB 2 Lawsuit
The orange army will peacefully protest outside the HB 2 trial
DAILY News  August 1, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...The lawsuit largely tackles the final part of the package bill (House Bill 2), a requirement that forces clinics to comply with the same building codes as ambulatory surgical centers. Set to go into effect Sept..."

'We're Not Gonna Take It': HB 2 Passes Senate Committee
Moves to full Senate; can be heard as early as tomorrow
DAILY News  July 11, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Orange-clad opponents of the controversial abortion regulations House Bill 2 rose from their chairs while singing Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" as the Senate Health and Human Services Committee this morning voted 6-3 along party lines to pass the measure onto the full body for consideration...."

SCOTUS Stops HB 2 – For Now
In 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court temporarily blocks abortion law
DAILY News  June 29, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...The U.S. Supreme Court has prevented the final part of Texas abortion law, House Bill 2, from taking effect..."

Fifth Circuit Upholds Provisions of HB 2
Exempts clinics that already applied for admitting privileges
DAILY News  March 27, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the state of Texas, finding that the hospital admitting privileges requirement for abortion clinics and restricted protocol for administering pharmaceutical abortions, both contained in controversial abortion regulations House Bill 2, are constitutional...."

HB 2 Oral Arguments
Justices press both sides of Texas abortion law
DAILY News  March 2, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Hellerstedt (formerly v. Cole), filed by a group of Texas abortion providers including Whole Woman’s Health, Austin Women’s Health Center, Killeen Women’s Health Center, and Reproductive Services, challenges two of the four provisions of 2013 House Bill 2..."

Judge Rules Parts of HB 2 Unconstitutional
Requirements in abortion law deemed an "undue burden" on women
DAILY News  August 29, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...District Judge Lee Yeakel has struck down parts of Texas’ abortion law, finding the regulations unconstitutional. The effect of the law - predicted to shutter all but six clinics in Texas - places an “undue burden on women” wrote Yeakel in his 21-page opinion...."

Yeakel Again Rules Against HB 2
5th Circuit denies A.G. Abbott's emergency motion to stay ruling
News Story  September 4, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...On Aug. 29, offering relief to pro-choice advocates and beleaguered abortion clinics on the brink of closure, U.S..."

Austin Celebrates Supreme Court’s HB 2 Ruling
PHOTO GALLERY  June 28, 2016
"...Hundreds of pro-choice Austin residents, including local politicians and abortion care advocates, flooded Scholz Garten Monday afternoon to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down two parts of Texas’ draconian House Bill 2..."

HB 2 Goes to Washington
Providers want ASC and admit privileges rules gone
News Story  September 10, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Supreme Court. "It's been a long and arduous road to get to today's filing, but that's nothing compared to the obstacles that Texas women seeking reproductive health services will face if the Supreme Court of the United States denies our request and allows HB 2 to fully go into effect," said Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Woman's Health, one of the plaintiffs in the suit against state officials...."

Texas Awaits Supreme Court HB 2 Ruling
Attorneys voice confidence in SCOTUS striking abortion law
DAILY News  June 7, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt challenges two provisions of House Bill 2, the draconian 2013 package law pushed by anti-choice Texas legislators: a rule that forces physicians to secure admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic, and regulations that transform clinics into ambulatory surgical centers (ASC)..."

HB 2: A SCOTUS Pause Before the Next Storm
Patients, clinics struggle with the impact of legal rulings
News Story  October 23, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...3, the parking lot of Planned Parenthood on Ben White Boulevard overflowed; in "crisis management" mode, the relatively small staff scrambled to keep up with the unprecedented volume of vulnerable, abortion-seeking patients. Within 24 hours, the center would become the sole abortion care provider in Austin...."

Next Stop for HB 2 – The Supreme Court?
Legal experts eye Texas law as the most likely abortion case to make it to the high court
News Story  June 25, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...In a heavily anticipated ruling on Whole Women's Health v. Cole, the conservative New Orleans-based court upheld the final provision of Texas' multi-part 2013 abortion law, House Bill 2, forcing clinics to comply with the same costly building guidelines as ambulatory surgical centers – a standard deemed wholly unnecessary and even dangerous by reproductive rights advocates and many medical experts, including the American Medical Association...."

SCOTUS Blocks Texas Abortion Law HB 2
Texas women claim rare victory
News Story  October 16, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...In a rare victory for Texas pro-choice advocates and reproductive health providers, the U.S. Supreme Court halted key provisions of Texas abortion law, House Bill 2, from taking effect, pending ongoing appeals...."

SCOTUS Blocks HB 2 – For Now
U.S. Supreme Court halts Texas abortion law in 5-4 stay
News Story  July 2, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...In a 5-4 stay, SCOTUS granted plaintiffs of Whole Woman's Health v. Cole their request to halt the final provision of 2013 anti-abortion law House Bill 2 from being enacted as scheduled on July 1...."

HB 2 Returns to Court
5th Circuit questions ASC requirement
News Story  January 15, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...In New Orleans last Wednesday, Jan. 7, justices on the notoriously conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a critical line of questioning during a hearing to determine the fate of the final provision of Texas' draconian abortion law, House Bill 2...."

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
"...“It’s been a long and arduous road to get to today’s filing, but that’s nothing compared to the obstacles that Texas women seeking reproductive health services will face if the Supreme Court of the United States denies our request and allows HB2 to fully go into effect,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, one of the plaintiffs in the ongoing case against state officials...."

'We Won't Back Down': HB 2 on Trial
Abortion clinics fight to stay open
News Story  August 7, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...In day two of the trial to block provisions of Texas' abortion-restrictive House Bill 2, a local reproductive health care provider recounted the increased state regulator visits following her involvement with the first lawsuit against HB 2, filed in 2013. Amy Hag­strom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, testified Tuesday that before her network of health clinics filed suit last year, clinic deficiencies reported by the state were rare..."

HB 2 Amendments: Proposed and Rejected
News Story  July 12, 2013
"...House Bill 2 by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, would ban abortion after 20 weeks except in very limited circumstances; require doctors to follow a legislatively specified protocol, including mandated dosing levels when administering RU-486, the medical abortion drug; would require all abortion-providing clinics to transform into expensive ambulatory surgical centers (although standard abortion procedures are not medically considered surgery); and would mandate that doctors who perform abortions have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of each facility (difficult to acquire, and unnecessary for outpatient procedures) where they perform the procedure..."

HB 2 Heads to Supremes – As Texas Leaps Backward 30 Years
Clinics stop services as abortion law goes into effect
News Story  November 8, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Until at least Nov. 12, the new Texas abortion restrictions are in the hands of the U.S..."

HB 2 Final Arguments
Judge Yeakel expected to rule before Sept. 1
News Story  August 14, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Closing arguments took place Wednesday morning in the trial of the lawsuit against provisions of Texas' abortion law, House Bill 2. Plaintiffs suing the state to block implementation of parts of the law reiterated that the legislation poses an "undue burden" on abortion-seeking women, by requiring them to travel long distances for care, and imposing medically unnecessary facility standards..."

HB 2 Impact Felt One Year Later
On press call, reproductive rights leaders recap HB 2's effect
DAILY News  July 18, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...The first part of the omnibus legislation, which fully took effect on Nov. 1 last year, bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, forces women to follow outdated protocol and make more trips to the clinic when undergoing medication abortion and requires physicians to have admitting privileges at a hospital no further than 30 miles of where the abortion is performed...."

Yeakel: HB 2 Unconstitutional – In Part
Judge strikes down portion of abortion law
News Story  November 1, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Just hours before it was scheduled to take effect Tuesday morning, federal District Judge Lee Yeakel on Monday afternoon invalidated a key portion of the sweeping abortion regulations measure House Bill 2, passed this summer during a special legislative session...."

SB 1/HB 2: How a Lie Becomes a Law
GOP steamrolls through abortion bill vote
News Story  July 12, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...In a lengthy session Tuesday, GOP House members rejected all proposed amendments to House Bill 2, Rep. Jodie Laub­en­berg's sweeping abortion regulations bill..."

Anti-Choice Group Doubles Down on HB 2
Letter warns hospital admitting privileges will lead to protests
DAILY News  November 20, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...It would seem that abortion foes would rest on their laurels after winning the SCOTUS bonus round of the HB 2 fight. After all, that decision means that abortion services will continue to be suspended at clinics across Texas..."

Supremes Sustain HB 2, 5-4
Abortion providers wait while SCOTUS contemplate a stay
News Story  November 22, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...On Tuesday evening, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene and stay a provision of controversial state House Bill 2 that requires abortion-performing doctors to have hospital-admitting privileges within 30 miles of each facility where they provide care...."

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...."

BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Intervene in HB 2 Lawsuit
Law remains in effect at least until appeal is decided
DAILY News  November 19, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...The U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon declined to intervene and stay a provision of controversial House Bill 2 that requires abortion-performing doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of each facility where they provide care...."

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