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Celebrate Reproductive Rights While You Can
A Planned Parenthood benefit party and props for Jordan Smith
DAILY News  July 8, 2011, by Cindy Widner
"...With Chron writer Jordan Smith winning a reporting award from Planned Parenthood and a sure-to-be-outrageously-entertaining upcoming benefit for that tireless guardian of reproductive rights, it could be a week for guarded optimism...."

Turning Back the Clock on Reproductive Rights
Council members endorse bill that would fight abortion restrictions
DAILY News  January 8, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...The proliferation of restrictions on reproductive rights has prompted some push back. In November, 94 Democratic U.S..."

Reproductive Rights Advocates Prepare for the Fight
Groups, lawmakers relaunch "Trust. Respect. Access." campaign
DAILY News  February 9, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Reproductive health advocates, progressive groups, and state legislators are gearing up for another long fight to defend pro-choice rights under the dome this session...."

Reproductive Rights Fight
South Dakota lawmakers set stage for most targeted attack on abortion rights since 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling; and Bush's proposed FY 2007 budget features cuts to women's and family planning programs
News Story  March 3, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...South Dakota lawmakers are setting the stage for the most targeted attack on abortion rights since the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in Roe v..."

Fallout From the Lege's War on Reproductive Rights
Texas waits on the full impact of legislative cuts
News Story  June 22, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...But those precedents failed to stop Texas legislators, who apparently don't mind wasting taxpayer money on costly litigation. Attorneys with the Center for Reproductive Rights have strongly hinted they'd be ready to hit back against SB 8 in the courts..."

Top 10 Reproductive Rights Stories
In 2016, the fight for reproductive rights went all the way to the Supreme Court
News Story  December 29, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...2) Forced Burials The Center for Repro­ductive Rights filed a lawsuit Dec. 12 to stop a state health department rule that forces Texas women to either cremate or bury their fetus after an abortion or miscarriage, regardless of the gestation period..."

Top 10 Reproductive Rights Stories
News Story  December 31, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Cole for review in November. In a case that is expected to set the course for abortion rights nationwide, the nine justices must determine if the Texas Legislature can get away with purporting to protect the health and safety of women with a law that painfully shows women will instead suffer..."

Reproductive Rights
'Choose Life' – and Defund Women's Health Care
News Story  May 8, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...As crunch time hits the Capitol, the fates of numerous other proposals that would affect women's health care, reproductive rights, and sexuality education are up in the air. Sadly, measures that would improve the quality of sex education in Texas public schools – including a modest proposal that sex ed curricula employ medically accurate information (House Bill 741 by Rep..."

The Texas Hammer: Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights
It's a war on women's health
News Story  March 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...When it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood and attacking abortion rights, Texas pretty much wrote the playbook. In the name of anti-choice ideology, the Texas Legislature has systematically stripped the nationally affiliated reproductive health provider of funds locally and spent years decimating the family planning network, leaving women's health care in crisis...."

"Repro Power" Takes Proactive Path in Reproductive Justice Fight
Groups to lobby City Council, Commissioners Court
DAILY News  September 28, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...27) takes a different strategy – one that siphons energy from the usual defensive play to the offense. During an event at City Hall yesterday evening, the proactive Repro Power Texas reminded the public that reproductive rights matter all the time – not just when there’s a direct assault on those rights...."

Abortion Rights Lawsuit Filed Against State of Texas
News Story  October 4, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...On Friday, Sept. 27, reproductive rights advocates filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Texas on behalf of abortion providers across the state..."

Reproductive Health Care: Same Story, New Target
Fallout from the 84th Texas legislative session
News Story  June 4, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...As if the notoriously anti-choice Legislature had anything left to destroy after eviscerating both women's health care funding and abortion access over the past two sessions, they somehow managed to chip away at reproductive rights even further. In their perennial quest to make abortion "a thing of the past" GOP lawmakers this session turned to dramatically restricting abortion access for abused and neglected minors – and they did so without exemptions for survivors of rape or incest...."

Point Austin: In Defense of Women's Rights
The GOP does battle for a government of men, not laws
News Column  June 21, 2013, by Michael King
"...That Burgess found it necessary to specify the gender of his fanciful fetuses – in the doc's feverish dreamworld, females would presumably be too demure to pleasure themselves, at least on camera – only reinforces the absurdity of his entirely unscientific assertion. "Fetal pain" is the latest anti-abortion invention to enable Repub­lican lawmaking, and Burgess' peculiar form of sexist pseudo-science is a ridiculous but useful reminder that the attack on abortion rights is partly founded on willful ignorance of female sexuality..."

Picture This: The Lege on Women's Rights
A list of anti-abortion bills of the 78th Legislature
News Story  July 25, 2003
"...SB 9 (Kim Brimer, R-Fort Worth): would require collection of statistical information regarding judicial bypasses requested by minors seeking abortions, as well as the number of approvals and denials. Reproductive-rights advocates fear the bill will expose judges who award judicial bypasses (waivers permitting minors to obtain abortions without notifying their parents) to attack by anti-choice groups..."

Reproductive Health and Family Planning
News Story  May 11, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Abortion Rights: It appears that Pampa Republican Rep. Warren Chisum's bid to ban abortion outright (that is, in the event the U.S..."

Fighting for Our Rights!
Postmarks  April 20, 2004
"...Instead, we will march – for women's health, reproductive services, cancer screenings, international family planning, and AIDS funding. We will be advocates for these rights for future generations to ensure that the voices of women are always heard..."

'Chipping Away': A Texas Abortion Rights Timeline
News Story  June 28, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Legal abortion rights began in Texas with the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision in the Texas case Roe v..."

Raich Still Fighting for Medi-Pot Rights
Medical marijuana patient - not to mention its fiercest advocate - Angel Raich, back in federal court
News Story  April 14, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...The feds countered that the Constitution's Commerce Clause authorized the raids as part of a scheme to maintain the prohibition on pot use outlined by the Controlled Substances Act, which reads, in part, that pot has no medically acceptable uses (a classification the feds have maintained in large part by simply ignoring the growing body of medical research that suggests otherwise.) Raich fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where many court watchers – mindful of the Court's recent legal interpretations deferring to state's rights in intrastate matters – thought Raich would prevail..."

The War on Women’s Rights Wages On
The Senate continues its attacks on abortion
News Story  March 2, 2017, by Mary Tuma


News Roundup: Roe, Council, and Complaints
The abortion debate continues; Council gets ready
DAILY News  January 26, 2015, by the News Staff
"...In this week's news roundup, the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade brings the topic of reproductive rights back to the Capitol (not that it ever really leaves); City Council gets ready for its first meeting and at least some debate; and Laura Pressley isn't ready to say goodbye just yet...."

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
"...Texas’ abortion-restrictive legislation, signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Perry a year ago today, has caused a 50% reduction in abortion clinics and forced thousands of women to travel farther for care, reproductive rights leaders and members of Texas advocacy groups said on a conference call Thursday afternoon...."

Abortion Opponents React to HB2 Lawsuit
AG’s office silent, but Lifers denounce suit
DAILY News  September 28, 2013, by Michael King
"...Newsdesk asked the Attorney General Greg Abbott’s staff for the AG's reaction to the lawsuit filed Friday morning against HB2 by a national coalition of reproductive rights organizations. It only took a day to receive the AG’s official response: “We have no comment.”..."

Thousands Rally at the Capitol
Supporters of women's rights energized to continue fighting bad bills
DAILY News  July 1, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...More than 5,000 supporters of reproductive rights gathered in front of the Capitol today for a rousing rally in advance of the 2pm start of the second special-called session where another divisive fight over abortion rights is expected to take center stage...."

Lilith Fund to Honor the Chronicle's Mary Tuma and Sen. Sylvia Garcia
Reproductive Equity Awards take place Wednesday
DAILY News  October 5, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...It’s no secret that abortion rights and adequate health care for women have long been under siege by Texas lawmakers. The ongoing crisis is both dispiriting and dismally repetitive..."

Activists Nod to The Handmaid's Tale to Protest Anti-Abortion Bills
Pro-choice protest at Capitol channels dystopian fiction
DAILY News  May 23, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Cloaked in flowing red robes and white bonnets, more than two dozen activists stood outside the Capitol on Tuesday, May 23, to issue a public warning about the possible fate Texas women could face if legislators continue to attack reproductive rights...."

Texas Awaits Supreme Court HB 2 Ruling
Attorneys voice confidence in SCOTUS striking abortion law
DAILY News  June 7, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...In the next few weeks the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of the most significant reproductive rights cases in more than two decades, is expected to determine the future of abortion access in Texas and possibly for other states across the country..."

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...."

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...."

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...."

NARAL Stages 'People's Filibuster'
Action against new abortion regulations
DAILY News  June 20, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...For supporters of reproductive rights in Texas, today is going to be a very long day. After a divisive set of abortion regulations were passed in the Senate Tuesday, the House State Affairs Committee is hearing testimony on the bill this afternoon..."

Texas Responds to Hobby Lobby Contraception Case
Dems, health groups and religious freedom advocates slam ruling
DAILY News  June 30, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...This morning, the United States Supreme Court ruled that family-owned businesses like Hobby Lobby can decide to not provide contraception through their health insurance if it does not fit their religious beliefs. Now advocates for reproductive rights in Texas are condemning the decision...."

Van de Putte, Patrick Square Off in Only Lt. Gov. Debate
Patrick sticks to right-wing rhetoric; says one debate enough
DAILY News  September 30, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Rather than temper his controversial rhetoric, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, reinforced extremist platform points when it came to education, health care, immigration, reproductive rights and marriage equality during Monday evening’s lieutenant governor debate against state Sen..."

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...."

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...."

Fighting a Rising Tide
The 78th Lege chipped away at abortion rights
News Story  July 25, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"...Earlier this year, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League gave Texas a grade of "C-" on the organization's annual state-by-state report card analyzing relative access to abortion services. NARAL -- which now calls itself NARAL Pro-Choice America -- compiled that report before the recently concluded legislative session -- and before the enaction of laws imposing a 24-hour waiting period and extending personhood to embryos and fetuses..."

Millions for Propaganda ... Nothing for Women's Health
Texas heavily underwrites anti-abortion centers, while slashing reproductive care
News Story  April 16, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...When she called Austin LifeCare to make an appointment, counselors persisted in delaying by weeks both her initial appointment and a potential sonogram. When vulnerable abortion-seeking women, in crisis mode and understandably drawn to the offering of a "free sonogram" – perhaps not realizing the procedure fails to fulfill the Texas law's pre-abortion, 24-hour requirement – finally reach actual health clinics, they often arrive with false information about their own gestation, say reproductive rights groups, and dangerously late in the timing for a safe abortion...."

New Campaign Renews Pro-Choice Fight
New reproductive health policy campaign seeks to reverse damage of anti-choice laws
News Story  February 19, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Dinorah Martinez, a South Texas community health worker with the NLIRH, said onerous reproductive health laws have gravely impacted the women she sees daily. Deep state budget cuts to family planning have created a "human rights crisis" in the Rio Grande Valley, according to a 2013 report by the Center for Reproductive Rights..."

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...."

From 'Abstinence-Only' to Plan Z
Reproductive health care for young Texas women is limited, costly ... or nonexistent
News Story  October 11, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Sources: Central Health, Planned Parenthood, and iCare data Fight For Your Reproductive Rights Happy Hour!..."

Something Short of Miraculous
Months in the making, the city's plan to maintain reproductive services at Brack still raises questions.
News Story  January 11, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"...Last summer, activists wearing papal robes and nuns' habits embarked on an afternoon rush-hour march from Brackenridge Hospital to the headquarters of the Diocese of Austin, carrying signs that expressed "keep your rosaries off my ovaries" and similar sentiments. The protesters opposed the city's contract with the Catholic nonprofit Seton Healthcare Network, which has managed Austin's main public health-care facility since 1995, as antithetical to church-and-state separation and general respect for women's reproductive rights..."

HB 2 Ruling Reactions, Local Impact
Only one Austin abortion clinic survives HB 2
DAILY News  October 3, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Nancy Northup, president and CEO of plaintiffs, the Center for Reproductive Rights: “All Texas women have been relegated today to a second class of citizens whose constitutional rights are lesser than those in states less hostile to reproductive autonomy, and women facing difficult economic circumstances will be particularly hard hit by this devastating blow. Absolutely no woman’s rights or access to essential reproductive health care should be determined by her zip code..."

Telling...
Does Parental Notification Bill Trod On Abortion Rights?
News Story  March 7, 1997, by Kayte VanScoy
"...Shapiro, who doesn't identify herself as either pro-choice or anti-abortion, says this bill is about parental rights, and should not be mired in a debate about abortion rights. Pro-choice advocates are not buying that argument..."

From 'Abstinence-Only' to Plan Z
Reproductive health care for young Texas women is limited, costly ... or nonexistent
News Story  October 4, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...This story is part of the Reproductive Justice Reporting Project, an initiative of the Media Consortium in partnership with the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, made possible with a grant from the Quixote Foundation. See www.whereisyourplanb.com. Fight For Your Reproductive Rights Happy Hour!..."

Pro-Choice Activists Deliver Petitions Against Fetal Burial Rule
Public comment period on rule ends Monday, Oct. 31
DAILY News  October 27, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"..."I'm really fed up," said Morton. "It's outrageous that politicians want to interfere with the human rights of women in Texas."..."

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
"...While the second lawsuit filed by reproductive rights advocates and abortion providers against Texas’ anti-abortion law proceeds inside federal court on Monday, pro-choice activists plan to don their trademark orange and stage a peaceful protest outside the courthouse...."

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 [Updated]
Abortion providers argue for health, safety of women
DAILY News  August 5, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Outside the federal courthouse, both reproductive rights and anti-choice activists gathered to protest...."

New Office, Same Battle
DAILY News  November 15, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Sarah Wheat, long-time reproductive rights advocate, will be starting a new job next week when she takes over as public affairs director for Austin Planned Parenthood. For the past six years, Wheat has worked in a similar capacity with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, where she served as political director for five years before taking over as the group’s executive director last year..."

Naked City
Fighting for Women's Rights
News Story  December 6, 2002
"...Hoping to rustle up supporters to fight the anti-choice ambush expected during the upcoming Legislature, the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas organized a free women's health workshop and advocacy training session two weeks ago at the Texas Medical Association. The all-day conference included a review of the legislative and budget process and a keynote speech by Jill Morrison, senior counsel in health and reproductive rights at the National Women's Law Center in Washington, D.C...."

Lege Wrap-Up
Reproductive rights
News Story  June 3, 2005
"...It took Sarah Wheat from the Texas chapter of the National Abortion Rights Action League to set the record straight, telling committee members that pharmacists in fact aren't authorized to dispense RU 486. The drug, she said, can only legally be administered by, and under the supervision of, a licensed physician..."

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