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Fewer Women Served Under Texas Women's Health Program
Program designed to exclude PP, helps far fewer women
DAILY News  July 31, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...As expected, the number of women served by the state-funded Texas Women's Health Program – designed to preclude women from obtaining services from Planned Parenthood – has at midyear served significantly fewer women than were served by the previous program, funded by the federal government and including Planned Parenthood...."

Report: Texas Women's Health Program Hit Hard
Thousands fewer women served by Texas Women's Health Program
News Story  April 2, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...A new report confirms what reproductive health advocates predicted when Texas officials decided to kick Planned Parenthood out of a lifesaving, preventative Medicaid program: Far fewer women are being served...."

GOP Aide Jumps Ship Over Women's Health Policy
Aide says boss' actions 'shameful'
DAILY News  March 7, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Allison Catalano, who began working for Denton GOP Rep. Myra Crownover last summer, resigned her post this week, citing Crownover's support for cuts to women's health funding...."

Consider 'The Source': Crisis Pregnancy Center Transforms Into Women's Health Program Provider
If Planned Parenthood's out, are CPCs in?
DAILY News  September 21, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...As the state rolls out its revised Texas Women's Health Program, a central question remains: how to find enough providers to serve the nearly 111,000 women currently enrolled in the program. The current numbers suggest real trouble – but if one Houston-based crisis pregnancy center and Gov..."

Texas Planned Parenthood Supporters Decry New Rules for Women's Health Program
But state plans to move forward without PP
DAILY News  September 5, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Supporters of the current Women's Health Program expressed concern yesterday that new rules for a revamped, state-run program would cause the provider base to dwindle, would interject government into the doctor-patient relationship, and could potentially leave thousands of poor women without access to basic health care or family planning services...."

State Can Ban Planned Parenthood from New Texas Women's Health Program – For Now
Injunction hearing scheduled for January
DAILY News  December 31, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...A visiting district judge today declined to grant a temporary restraining order, thus clearing the way for Texas to ban Planned Parenthood from its new Texas Women's Health Program, slated to begin tomorrow, Jan. 1...."

State Cannot Ban Planned Parenthood and Keep Federal Funds for Women's Health Program
State-funded WHP set to begin Jan. 1
DAILY News  December 22, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...A federal court in Waco Friday denied the state an injunction that would allow it to receive Medicaid dollars to fund the healthcare providers it believes should be a part of the Women's Health Program, and to deny funds to Planned Parenthood if it so chooses...."

Planned Parenthood Out, But Docs Can Still Discuss Abortion in New Texas Women's Health Program
HHSC relaxes abortion gag rule
DAILY News  October 19, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

State Holding Public Hearing on Texas Women's Health Program
Will the new program work without Planned Parenthood?
DAILY News  August 28, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...The Texas Department of Health Services on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 1:30pm will host a public hearing on implementation of the proposed new rules for the new Texas Women's Health Program – that is, griping about the overall scheme to banish Planned Parenthood as a provider won't do any good..."

Women's Health Program Saves Money
But the war on women's health continues
DAILY News  August 23, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...A report by the Health and Human Services Commission released this week reveals that the Women's Health Program saved the state $20 million in state expenditures in 2009, and reduced unplanned, Medicaid-paid births by 6,721...."

Texas Women's Health Program Back in Court
Planned Parenthood files new suit in state court
DAILY News  October 27, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...A day after a federal appeals court refused to reconsider its prior ruling, allowing the state to ban Planned Parenthood from participation in the Texas Women's Health Program, a state judge has entered a temporary restraining order, blocking – for now – TWHP implementation until the court can consider whether the ban violates state law...."

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...."

Women's Health Care Access in Steady Decline
Health Commission numbers confirm decline in Texas women's care
News Story  August 9, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...As expected, the state-funded Texas Women's Health Program – designed to preclude women from obtaining services from Planned Parenthood – has at midyear served significantly fewer women than were served by the previous program, which was funded by the federal government and included Planned Parenthood...."

Texas' Attack on Planned Parenthood Leaves Women's Health in Its Wake
Article by UT researchers paints grim picture
DAILY News  September 26, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...The article is based on the work of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project in UT's Population Research Center, which is conducting a three-year investigation into the effects of cuts on women's health in the state. As part of that work, researchers interviewed the leaders of 56 family planning providers across the state who received public money prior to the budget cuts..."

Will Senate Restore Women's Health Care Funding?
State senator proposes biennial bump in funding
DAILY News  February 25, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Last week, in a move that has encouraged women’s health advocates, Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, expressed “strong support” for adding an additional $100 million over the biennium into the base budget to provide women’s health services – including access to birth control for low-income women...."

Report: Thousands Fewer Women Served by Texas Women's Health Program
After excluding Planned Parenthood, fewer women in health program
DAILY News  March 25, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...A new report confirms what reproductive health advocates predicted when Texas officials decided to kick Planned Parenthood out of a life-saving, preventative Medicaid program: Far less women are being served...."

Without Planned Parenthood, Texas Women's Health in Jeopardy
GWU considers impact of ban on PP from Women's Health Program
DAILY News  October 17, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...If the state goes through with its plan to cut Planned Parenthood out of the Women's Health Program when the new state-run version of the program comes online on Nov. 1, women's access to affordable care will suffer, according to a George Washington University study released late last week...."

Jumping the Shark on Women's Health
For the sake of anti-abortion politics, the governor and the Legislature turned their backs on women's health care – with disastrous consequences. Is there any way to fix this mess?
News Story  January 18, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...In mid-December, before a friendly crowd at the Source for Women, a Houston anti-abortion "pregnancy resource" center, Gov. Rick Perry announced his women's health priorities for the 83rd legislative session: Increase regulation on abortion facilities and doctors, and outlaw all abortion after 20 weeks gestation, the point at which, Perry said, "a baby can feel the pain of being killed..."

The War on Women's Health
To attack Planned Parenthood, lawmakers undermine health care ... and promote more abortions
News Story  April 22, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...On April 1, following several hours of intense floor debate in the Texas House on a string of budget amendments seeking to reallocate funds designated to provide basic women's health care services, the dust was settling. Conservative Republicans claimed victory: Seven amendments had successfully stripped from the roughly $99 million pot almost $62 million intended to fulfill the state's commitment to provide family-planning and reproductive health services for thousands of low-income, uninsured women..."

Planned Parenthood Still in the Women's Health Program...For Now
Travis County judge issues temporary injunction
DAILY News  November 8, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Travis County District Judge Stephen Yelenosky Thursday afternoon granted a temporary injunction barring the state from enforcing a rule that would keep Planned Parenthood from participating in the Women's Health Program until a trial on the merits of the case can be held in December...."

Is the Women's Health Program Dead?
Feds won't agree to exclude PP
DAILY News  December 13, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...In a letter dated Dec. 12, the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has denied Texas' bid to renew the successful Women's Health Program, citing the state's impermissible narrowing of the provider base to exclude from participation Planned Parenthood...."

HHSC Says Texas Women's Health Program Just Fine Without Planned Parenthood
Report shows increase capacity after PP ban
DAILY News  January 8, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Just a week after the new state-run and financed Texas Women's Health Program began operation, the Health and Human Services Commission on Monday released a report declaring that the state has expanded its capacity to serve low-income women now that Planned Parenthood has been banned from participation...."

Texas Women's Health Care: Costs More, Does Less
With Planned Parenthood out, state serves fewer for more
DAILY News  November 30, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...The number of clients served by the state's family planning budget dropped dramatically in fiscal year 2012, while the cost of serving those patients actually increased, according to Department of State Health Services records...."

Trapped and the War on Women's Health Care
Doc highlights impact of anti-choice laws in the South
DAILY SXSW  March 11, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...“Unfortunately, we have to turn this young girl away … And there was nothing I could do to save her,” Marva Sadler of Whole Woman’s Health Center in Ft. Worth says with tears in her eyes...."

Twitter Abuzz Over Women's Health in Texas
Leticia Van de Putte, Donna Howard, and Planned Parenthood led a chat
DAILY News  February 5, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Leticia Van de Putte, Rep. Donna Howard, and Planned Parenthood must've known they were in for a bumpy ride when they planned a Twitter chat on the state of women's health in Texas for this afternoon..."

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
"...Despite the religious overtones, overt anti-choice agenda, and documented claims of dispersing medical inaccuracies, LifeCare and 24 other "crisis pregnancy centers" – from Dallas to Houston – are generously subsidized by the state of Texas. And even as the women's health network drastically erodes at the hands of conservative lawmakers, taxpayer dollars to CPCs stand to receive an unprecedented increase in funding this legislative session. An Unhealthy Diversion..."

Feds Deny Women's Health Renewal
Language intended to exclude Planned Parenthood may jeopardize entire program
News Story  December 23, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...12, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services denied Texas' application to renew the successful Women's Health Program, citing the state's impermissible narrowing of the provider base to exclude Planned Parenthood from any participation...."

Women's Health Care in Political Jeopardy ... Again
Senator wants to reinvent the wheel on women's health care
News Story  August 13, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...If Sen. Robert Deuell, R-Greenville, has his way, Texas' Planned Parenthood clinics won't be allowed to contract with the state to provide family planning and preventative health services to thousands of low-income and uninsured women through the successful Women's Health Program, a Medicaid-waiver project; the move would threaten access to preventative health care for many of those women...."

Will Senate Restore Women's Health Care Funds?
Ranking Senate Republican favors more funding for women's health
News Story  March 1, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Last week, in a move that has encouraged women's health advocates, Sen. Jane Nel­son, R-Flower Mound, ranking Senate Repub­lic­an and chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, expressed "strong support" for adding an additional $100 million over the biennium into the base budget to provide women's health services – including access to birth control for low-income women..."

Perry Continues Assault on Women's Health Care
Perry ends the WHP and blames it on the feds
News Story  March 16, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...As the Chronicle went to press Tuesday evening (a day early) this week, the Texas Women's Health Program was set to expire Wednesday, March 14, when the state's new rule on qualified affiliate providers officially takes effect. Barring some miracle – or the immediate fulfillment of Gov..."

Another State Assault on Women's Health Care
New state rule targets Planned Parenthood, cuts almost 200,000 women from basic health care
News Story  March 2, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Last Thursday, Feb. 23, Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Tom Suehs approved a new agency rule that would ban Planned Parenthood from participation in the Women's Health Program – a move that, based on federal standards, most likely means the end to a successful program that in 2010 alone provided more than 180,000 low-income Texas women with access to basic health care and family-planning services...."

New Assaults in War on Women's Health Care
New rule places stranglehold on Planned Parenthood
News Story  June 17, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...On Thursday, June 9, members of the state Health and Human Services Commis­sion's Medical Care Advisory Committee voted to approve a new agency rule that would ban Planned Parenthood from participation in the successful Women's Health Program...."

Women's Health: 'Everybody Loses'
Lege anti-abortion crusade will devastate basic health care
News Story  June 3, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...The legislative budget conferees agreed last week to leave in place nearly $62 million in cuts to the state's family planning program authorized by the House in April, a move that advocates believe will shutter dozens of small clinics – and leave 200,000 women without access to basic health services. And although lawmakers have reauthorized the successful Medicaid-waiver Women's Health Program, it is unclear whether there will be enough providers left to keep up with the more than 100,000 clients currently in the program..."

Top 10 Women's Health Stories
A dark year for reproductive rights
News Story  December 31, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...3) TRUTH NOT REQUIRED Crisis pregnancy centers, religious "clinics" that discourage abortion and provide false information to pregnant women, received a pass from a federal judge. City Council passed the "truth-in-advertising" measure in 2010 (revised in 2012), seeking to require CPCs to be honest about their limited health services..."

New Coalition to Push for Women's Health
A group of heavy-hitters steps up to the plate
News Story  February 1, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...As the legislative session gets under way, serious questions persist about the future of women's health care funding – and there's a new player in town ready with a cure for the state's family-planning woes: Fully fund family planning and preventive care, says Dr. Janet Realini of the newly formed Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition, and Texas will save millions...."

Not Everyone Hates Women's Health Care
Voters support funding Planned Parenthood
News Story  May 20, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Republican lawmakers might not like Planned Parenthood or funding family-planning health services – but Texas voters do. According to a recent poll commissioned by the nearly 100-year-old nonprofit, 56% of all Texas voters support continued state funding of family-planning health care for low-income women in Texas..."

Fate of Women's Health Care in Court's – and Perry's – Hands
State hangs fire on Women's Health Program, awaits court decision
News Story  November 9, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Two facts about Texas' Women's Health Program have remained constant. First, abortion care is not provided in the WHP; second, pregnant women are not even eligible for the WHP..."

Lawmakers, Citizens Speak Against Proposed Women's Health Care Rules
HHSC intends to have rules in place by Nov. 1
News Story  September 7, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...At a public hearing Tuesday, supporters of the current Women's Health Program expressed concern that new rules for a revamped, state-run program would cause the provider base to dwindle, would interject government into the doctor-patient relationship, and could potentially leave thousands of poor women without access to basic health care or family planning services. But unless the political will in the Governor's Mansion changes – and tips a consequent shift in the Health and Human Services Commission, which must sign off on the rules – it appears inevitable that the rules will take effect by Nov..."

GOP Targets Women's Health, LGBTQ Community in First Day of Lege Filing
Texas Dems vow to keep up the fight for LGBTQ residents, women
DAILY News  November 14, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...In the start of a likely avalanche of anti-choice legislation, Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, has introduced the bill version of the proposed Health and Human Services Commission rule that forces women to cremate or bury their fetal remains after an abortion or miscarriage..."

Worst Fears Confirmed for Women's Health
Family planning providers formally told they've lost funding
News Story  September 2, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...The numbers are in, and the news is not good: As predicted, a host of family-planning providers have lost funding as a result of state lawmakers' draconian cuts to the budget traditionally used to provide low-income and uninsured women with access to basic reproductive health care. In Austin alone, funding has been cut for major players in women's health, including People's Community Clinic, Planned Parenthood, and El Buen Samaritano...."

Women's Health: Ideology First!
Texas lawmakers do their part to defund Planned Parenthood
News Story  April 15, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...The Health and Human Services Commission on April 8 released to stakeholders a draft of its proposed new definition of "affiliate," which would tighten the list of providers eligible to receive funding to support the successful Women's Health Program. The WHP is a Medicaid-waiver program designed to provide reproductive health care to women who would only become eligible for Medicaid services should they become pregnant..."

Women's Health: Our Bodies, Their Laws
State Affairs' nine "wise men" decide what's good for Texas women.
News Story  April 11, 2003, by Lauri Apple
"...Women's health and reproductive-rights advocates haven't had much legislative clout since Ann Richards' days, but this session Democratic committee chairs who might block the nastiest bills have been replaced by Republicans. To add insult to jeopardy, all nine members of the House State Affairs Committee, which considers much of this legislation, are men...."

Twitter Abuzz Over Texas Women's Health
News Story  February 8, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Apparently, not only is "Planned Parent­hood" synonymous with "abortion"; so is "women's health."..."

Ken Paxton Lies in Letter on Women's Health
News Story  March 29, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...A March 22 letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton makes startlingly clear that our A.G..."

Texas Women's Health Program Starts – Without Planned Parenthood
News Story  January 4, 2013, by Jordan Smith


Whole Woman's Health Closes Two Abortion Clinics
HB 2 fallout continues
DAILY News  March 6, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, this morning announced that today she closed two women's clinics open since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion more than 40 years ago, thanks to the draconian provisions of House Bill 2, passed last summer..."

Women's Coalition Wins Fed Family Planning Funding
Title X funds stripped from state health department
DAILY News  March 25, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...UPDATE: In an emailed statement, Texas Department of State Health Services spokeswoman Carrie Williams says that the agency just received notice that it will lose the Title X grant and is "reviewing the information to get a sense of the full impact." The agency hopes the transition is smooth and the provider base remains strong, she wrote...."

Women's Coalition Wins Fed Health Funding
Group says it can serve a greater number of women with the available funds
News Story  March 29, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...The federal government has pulled from the state of Texas the ability to administer millions in family planning funding, giving the money instead to a coalition of providers led by the Women's Health and Family Planning Assoc­iation of Texas, which says it can serve a greater number of women with the available funds – and without the political divisiveness that for more than a decade has infected funding for and discussions about women's health in Texas...."

Whole Woman’s Health Reopens
Reproductive health provider sees 40 patients on first days back in business
News Story  May 18, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...For three years patients continued to knock on the door, and the phone never stopped ringing with calls from women hoping to schedule appointments – but they were directed elsewhere. After more than a decade as a reproductive health provider offering services to 60,000 patients from its flagship clinic on I-35 and Highway 183, Whole Woman's Health ceased operations in July 2014..."

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
"...The state has absolutely no business or right to interfere in those difficult decisions, and the party of "limited government" is supremely hypocritical on this subject. Given a chance to expand health care for women and Texans generally, the governor and Republican-dominated Texas Legislature decided to pass the buck to the federal government and let millions of Texans do without..."

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