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.

Texans Can't Divorce While Pregnant, Can Use IVF for Now
Texans Can't Divorce While Pregnant, Can Use IVF for Now
Divorce, fertility, and Dobbs: What's up?

Aug. 4, 2022

Protecting Austinites’ Reproductive Rights
Protecting Austinites’ Reproductive Rights
A package of city measures in response to Dobbs decision

July 28, 2022

Questions Arise About APD's Use of Sound Machines
Questions Arise About APD's Use of Sound Machines
Sonic warfare?

July 28, 2022

Council Recap: Protecting Austinites' Reproductive Rights
Council Recap: Protecting Austinites' Reproductive Rights
Package of measures in response to Dobbs decision

July 22, 2022

Texas’ Largest Independent Abortion Provider Needs Help Getting to New Mexico
Texas’ Largest Independent Abortion Provider Needs Help Getting to New Mexico
They face a mess of restrictive laws and fake callers

July 21, 2022

Next on Ken Paxton’s To-Do List: Mother Annihilation
Next on Ken Paxton’s To-Do List: Mother Annihilation
Texas sues Biden admin over emergency care for pregnant people

July 14, 2022

Another Legal Battle Lost in the Fight for Abortion Rights
Another Legal Battle Lost in the Fight for Abortion Rights
While ACLU fights for a few more weeks of abortion services, providers look to haven states

July 7, 2022

Council Fast-Tracks Move to Decriminalize Abortion in Austin
Council Fast-Tracks Move to Decriminalize Abortion in Austin
A moment of GRACE

June 30, 2022

We Have an Issue: Struggling to Find the Words
We Have an Issue: Struggling to Find the Words
In this week's issue, we explore Austin's response to the overturn of Roe v. Wade

June 30, 2022

Opinion: An Open Letter to My Girls in a Post-<i>Roe</i> World
Opinion: An Open Letter to My Girls in a Post-Roe World
A mother explains why she left Texas and what she pledges to do to provide abortion care access to her children

June 30, 2022

Your Best Midterm Bets in the <i>Dobbs</i> Era
Your Best Midterm Bets in the Dobbs Era
Vote hard, with a vengeance

June 30, 2022

The Five Things You Need to Know About Abortion in Texas
The Five Things You Need to Know About Abortion in Texas
Answering your most pressing questions

June 30, 2022

Abortion Resources in Texas and Beyond
Abortion Resources in Texas and Beyond
Services, financial assistance, contraception, counseling, and more

June 30, 2022

In Wake of SCOTUS Decision Overturning <i>Roe v. Wade</i>, Austin City Council Fast-Tracks Abortion Decriminalization Act
In Wake of SCOTUS Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade, Austin City Council Fast-Tracks Abortion Decriminalization Act
Special called meeting set for week of July 18

June 24, 2022

Pro-Choice Demonstrators Turn Out by the Thousands
Pro-Choice Demonstrators Turn Out by the Thousands
Protests at schools, the Texas Capitol continue after leaked Supreme Court decision

May 19, 2022

Audrey Diwan Recounts a History of Abortion in <i>Happening</i>
Audrey Diwan Recounts a History of Abortion in Happening
The French director explains why these stories are important

May 17, 2022

Making Sense of the First Days of a Post-<i>Roe</i> Era
Making Sense of the First Days of a Post-Roe Era
Whether this week was a shock or felt like a long time coming, we look at an uncertain horizon

May 5, 2022

Texas Abortion Advocates on What Happens Next
Texas Abortion Advocates on What Happens Next
Texans once again have an unfortunate head start in having their rights stripped away

May 5, 2022

How the Filibuster Has Already Undermined Democracy
How the Filibuster Has Already Undermined Democracy
The recent attacks on reproductive rights reveal another reason to let the filibuster burn

May 5, 2022

Abortion Resources for Texans and Beyond
Abortion Resources for Texans and Beyond
From counseling to contraception to legal services, here are your options

May 5, 2022

Austin at Large: Look What We Made Them Do
Austin at Large: Look What We Made Them Do
So, why do these creeps care so much about other people’s abortions, anyway?

May 5, 2022

Two Promising Challenges to SB 8 Forge On, as More Abortion Funds Face Legal Threats
Two Promising Challenges to SB 8 Forge On, as More Abortion Funds Face Legal Threats
Abortion advocates say the fight is a social one and long from over

March 31, 2022

In Austin, Nancy Pelosi Says She Sees No Chance of Pro-Choice Legislation Passing Current U.S. Senate
Pelosi: No Chance of Codifying Roe
Pelosi: “I wish I could be more optimistic”

March 24, 2022

The 13 Hours That Changed Texas in <i>Shouting Down Midnight</i>
The 13 Hours That Changed Texas in Shouting Down Midnight
SXSW documentary stands by Wendy Davis during her filibuster

March 17, 2022

Texas Supreme Court Throws Out Final Senate Bill 8 Challenge
Texas Supreme Court Throws Out Final Senate Bill 8 Challenge
Paving the road to the end

March 17, 2022

VR Documentary Invites You to an Intimate Conversation on Abortion
VR Documentary Invites You to an Intimate Conversation on Abortion
Making the choice

March 10, 2022

Remembering Bruce Todd and Sarah Weddington
Remembering Bruce Todd and Sarah Weddington
The legacies of two Austin legends

Dec. 30, 2021

Opinion: Texas Abortion Ban Is an Attack on Free Speech
Opinion: Texas Abortion Ban Is an Attack on Free Speech
SB 8 restricts the right of an individual to use their voice to help another person procure an abortion

Dec. 22, 2021

Top Austin Headlines of 2021: Abortion? No! Frivolous Lawsuits? Sure!
Top Austin Headlines of 2021: Abortion? No! Frivolous Lawsuits? Sure!
September 1: SB 8 goes into effect, prohibiting abortion care after embryonic cardiac activity can be detected (around six weeks)

Dec. 16, 2021

Elections Post-Mortem and the Devastating Impacts of Texas' Near-Total Abortion Ban
Elections Post-Mortem and the Devastating Impacts of Texas' Near-Total Abortion Ban
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Nov. 5, 2021

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