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"...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...."
"...The proliferation of restrictions on reproductive rights has prompted some push back. In November, 94 Democratic U.S..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...On Friday, Sept. 27, reproductive rights advocates filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Texas on behalf of abortion providers across the state..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Pro-choice groups have been organizing for the ordinance as well, widening it from a strictly workers' rights or labor issue to an economic, racial, and reproductive justice issue. With the majority of women facing at least one barrier to family planning and reproductive health care, not being able to take time off work stood as one of the leading obstacles, according to a 2015 Texas Policy Evaluation Project report..."
"...Abortion Rights: It appears that Pampa Republican Rep. Warren Chisum's bid to ban abortion outright (that is, in the event the U.S..."
"...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..."
"...Legal abortion rights began in Texas with the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision in the Texas case Roe v..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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.”..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...Sources: Central Health, Planned Parenthood, and iCare data Fight For Your Reproductive Rights Happy Hour!..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Instead, March On! partnered with other local activists including the Texas Handmaids – a group raising awareness of reproductive justice issues and violence against women by dressing as handmaids from Margaret Atwood’s now-infamous tale – and the Texas Reproductive Rights Rally Network to plan a full day of events. In an effort to clear confusion resulting from numerous event pages with conflicting times and locations (including several on Facebook that appear to only be selling Women’s March T-shirts for profit) a full and complete schedule can be found below and in our current issue. [image-3]..."
"...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!..."
"..."I'm really fed up," said Morton. "It's outrageous that politicians want to interfere with the human rights of women in Texas."..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...Outside the federal courthouse, both reproductive rights and anti-choice activists gathered to protest...."
"...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..."