Don't Mess With Texans' Abortions Rally at the Texas State Capitol, May 2021 (credit: photo by Jana Birchum)

The Fight for Abortion Rights

Reproductive Rights Under Fire: From the defunding of reproductive and preventative health care to a trigger law engineered by extremists on the right that will render abortion illegal 30 days after the Supreme Court issues its final judgment overturning Roe v. Wade, Texas is ground zero for both the war on women’s health care and for the nationwide defense of women’s rights.

The Chronicle has been following the struggle for years, and what happens in Texas – both victories and defeats – often sets the pattern for the whole country.

Track the latest developments in the reproductive rights battle on this page, as well as @AustinChronicle and on Facebook.

For a regularly updated list on abortion resources near and far, visit our abortion resources guide.

Study Estimates 64,500 Pregnancies After Rape in States Where Abortion Is Banned
Study Estimates 64,500 Pregnancies After Rape in States Where Abortion Is Banned
Plus, more than half a million rapes total

Jan. 30, 2024

Feds Approve Texas’ Plan to Expand Medicaid to Postpartum Moms
Feds Approve Texas’ Plan to Expand Medicaid to Postpartum Moms
Texas is one of the last states to offer new moms coverage

Jan. 17, 2024

Supreme Court Will Take Up Emergency Abortions in April
Supreme Court Will Take Up Emergency Abortions in April
ACLU calls the January ruling “astonishing”

Jan. 10, 2024

Texas Can Ban Urgent Abortions in Emergency Rooms, Appeals Court Rules
Texas Can Ban Urgent Abortions in Emergency Rooms, Appeals Court Rules
Federal ER mandate doesn't apply to abortions, court rules

Jan. 3, 2024

Opinion – Add My Name: An Open Letter in Support of Kate Cox
Opinion – Add My Name: An Open Letter in Support of Kate Cox
An Austin lawyer and mother of two responds to the devastating verdict denying a Texan the right to end her nonviable pregnancy

Dec. 21, 2023

Texas Abortion Advocates Sue for Reproductive Rights
Texas Abortion Advocates Sue for Reproductive Rights
Manning new battle lines in the fight for legal abortion

Dec. 14, 2023

Supreme Court to Hear Case Determining Access to Abortion Drug
Supreme Court to Hear Case Determining Access to Abortion Drug
Mifepristone will remain available for now

Dec. 13, 2023

UPDATE: Texas Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Decision That Allowed Pregnant Woman to Abort Fetus With Lethal Diagnosis
UPDATE: Texas Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Decision That Allowed Pregnant Woman to Abort Fetus With Lethal Diagnosis
State of Texas argued “frivolous assertion of harm”

Dec. 7, 2023

Women Fight for Abortion Access at Texas Supreme Court
Women Fight for Abortion Access at Texas Supreme Court
What exactly does “life-threatening” mean?

Nov. 29, 2023

Texas ACLU Readies for Abortion Battle in Cities and Towns
Texas ACLU Readies for Abortion Battle in Cities and Towns
The struggle starts at the local level

Nov. 7, 2023

Architect of “Bounty-Hunter” Abortion Ban Wants List of Abortion Seekers
Architect of “Bounty-Hunter” Abortion Ban Wants List of Abortion Seekers
It’s a scare tactic, abortion funds say

Sept. 29, 2023

Anti-Abortion Laws Blocking Out-of-State Travel Are Popping Up Across Texas
Anti-Abortion Laws Blocking Out-of-State Travel Are Popping Up Across Texas
Planned Parenthood says it creates “prisoners of the state”

Sept. 18, 2023

Austin’s Last Independent Reproductive Health Center Could Close
Austin’s Last Independent Reproductive Health Center Could Close
Austin Women’s Health Center provides vital pregnancy services

Aug. 23, 2023

Sometimes Drugs Are the Right Thing to Do
Sometimes Drugs Are the Right Thing to Do
Prohibition, TX

Aug. 17, 2023

How Exactly Does a Texan Get an Abortion These Days?
How Exactly Does a Texan Get an Abortion These Days?
We answer your four pressing questions

Aug. 17, 2023

Conservative 5th Circuit Court Ruling to Restrict Abortion Pill Access
Conservative 5th Circuit Court Ruling to Restrict Abortion Pill Access
But it'll still be on the market

Aug. 16, 2023

Texas’ New Law Seeks to Kick Out Elected Prosecutors (Especially Ours)
Texas’ New Law Seeks to Kick Out Elected Prosecutors (Especially Ours)
"Rogue prosecutor" law takes effect Sept. 1

July 6, 2023

Planned Parenthood Marks Anniversary of the <i>Dobbs</i> Decision
Planned Parenthood Marks Anniversary of the Dobbs Decision
A year without Roe

June 29, 2023

A Young Man's Guide to Abortion Rights in <i>The Fight for Midnight</i>
A Young Man's Guide to Abortion Rights in The Fight for Midnight
Former Chronicle writer Dan Solomon switches from journalist to novelist for his YA debut

June 29, 2023

Silver Linings at the Lege: Texas Moms to Get 12 Months of Free Health Care
Silver Linings at the Lege: Texas Moms to Get 12 Months of Free Health Care
And other good news from this legislative session

June 1, 2023

Amarillo Judge’s Ruling Could Lead to Nationwide Ban on Abortion Pills
Amarillo Judge’s Ruling Could Lead to Nationwide Ban on Abortion Pills
Supreme Court may be the next step

April 13, 2023

Review: Zach Theatre’s <i>Roe</i>
Review: Zach Theatre’s Roe
Revised text of the abortion rights drama proves that timing is everything

April 13, 2023

Need an Abortion? We’ve Got Good News ...
Need an Abortion? We’ve Got Good News ...
Abortion funds are back in operation

April 6, 2023

The Women Nearly Killed by Texas’ Abortion Ban
The Women Nearly Killed by Texas’ Abortion Ban
Fighting for our lives

March 9, 2023

Jill Biden Invites Austinite Nearly Killed by Abortion Ban to State of the Union
Jill Biden Invites Austinite Nearly Killed by Abortion Ban to State of the Union
Still, Biden dedicated little time to abortion in his address

Feb. 9, 2023

Bill of the Week: Eating Fetuses the Legal Way
Bill of the Week: Eating Fetuses the Legal Way
A bill for a nonexistent problem would present a new one

Jan. 26, 2023

Protesters Rally on 50th Anniversary of Roe
Protesters Rally on 50th Anniversary of Roe
Organizer says it’s easy to be angry, hard to stay focused

Jan. 25, 2023

Crosstalk: Launching Megz Kelli's Soundtrack, Lockhart's Plum Creek Records, and Norman BA$E's Trap Burger
Crosstalk: Launching Megz Kelli's Soundtrack, Lockhart's Plum Creek Records, and Norman BA$E's Trap Burger
Austin music news headlines of the week

Jan. 19, 2023

The Lege Opens, Here's What Happens Next
The Lege Opens, Here's What Happens Next
Not all of the bills are bad! Our analysis of the just-begun 88th Texas Legislature.

Jan. 12, 2023

Sen. Sarah Eckhardt, SD 14
Sen. Sarah Eckhardt, SD 14
“I get that property tax is painful, [but] we’re never going to have a surplus like this again”

Jan. 5, 2023

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