Bates Recital Hall
"...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...."
"...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: 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...."
"...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..."
"...Jerked around by the Trump administration for the past month, a pregnant, unaccompanied Texas minor in need of abortion care has again been delayed from accessing health care by a federal appeals court, pushing her further into pregnancy – precisely what some anti-choice federal officials want...."
"...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..."
"...Pro-choice advocates took an ambitious and long-awaited step today to erase the state’s many draconian abortion regulations by filing suit in an Austin federal court to challenge not just recent Texas abortion restrictions, as they have done several times over the past few years, but also a handful of burdensome laws that span two decades...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...Texas abortion providers may have secured a historic victory at the U.S. Supreme Court last year, but that hasn’t stopped anti-choice politicians from crafting more ways to restrict abortion access, ensuring ongoing litigation...."
"...Doubling up on his red meat, Attorney General Ken Paxton declared in a court brief this week in support of the Trump administration’s decision to prevent an undocumented minor from obtaining abortion in the state that Texas “must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...Texas abortion providers secured a victory today when U.S. Federal Judge Lee Yeakel struck down the state’s latest abortion ban, saying it unconstitutionally poses an “undue burden” on women...."
"...Attorneys with the Center for Reproductive Rights were in a federal court in Austin today to argue that a new anti-choice law, set to go into effect this Friday (Sept. 1), would unduly burden Texas women seeking abortion access and subject them to “medical experimentation.”..."
"...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..."
"...In a whirlwind of court rulings, Jane Doe – an undocumented minor in Texas held “hostage” by Trump administration officials – will now be able to access her constitutional right to abortion after being denied that right for one month...."
"...Texas is one of the "worst offenders" in the nation when it comes to crafting abortion laws based on faulty science, according to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute. Along with Kansas, Texas claims the highest number of scientifically baseless reproductive health restrictions, with eight laws that directly conflict with medical science..."
"...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..."
"...The Office of Refugee Resettlement recently required its shelters nationwide to distribute a booklet to undocumented youth in their custody that's published by the Texas Department of State Health Services and filled with anti-choice bias and medically inaccurate information. Clearly meant to sway women from abortion, "A Woman's Right to Know" erroneously links the procedure to breast cancer and a risk of suicide – a claim debunked by the American Psychological Association – and peddles scientifically false information concerning both gestation and abortion..."
"...Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, announced Wednesday that she will file legislation to remove the 24 hour waiting period for women seeking abortion..."
"...Everyone wants to talk about sex, but few want to talk about abortion. The taboo topic closed out the seventh season of ATX Television Festival on Sunday, with a panel discussion on the way TV portrays abortion in contrast to real life...."
"...After the 2016 rejection of parts of anti-abortion House Bill 2 at the U.S. Supreme Court, it's understandable to expect that the more than two dozen abortion clinics that shuttered as a result of the draconian law have popped back up..."
"...In a court order issued Thursday, U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel has placed a short-term halt on an upcoming Texas law that would have banned women from accessing dilation and evacuation, or D&E abortion, considered the safest and most common method during the second trimester (around 15 weeks of pregnancy) by health professionals...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."