War on Women's Health

Reproductive Rights Under Fire: From the defunding of reproductive and preventative health care to draconian anti-choice laws engineered by extremists on the right, Texas has become ground zero for both the war on women’s health care and for the nationwide defense of women’s rights. The U.S. Supreme Court granted pro-choice advocates a historic victory in 2016 in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt by striking down two parts of the notorious House Bill 2 and forced state governments to show evidence of medical necessity when passing abortion laws.

However, HB 2 was not the first blast in the war on women's reproductive rights and it's certainly not the last. The state continues to grapple with a shredded health network and continued assaults on reproductive rights. HB 2, target of former Sen. Wendy Davis’s historic 2013 filibuster, has already shuttered roughly half of Texas abortion clinics. And Texas, like the rest of the country, faces the reign of President Trump, a misogynist who has condoned sexual assault toward women and supports the repeal of Roe v. Wade.

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 reproductive rights battle on this page, as well as @AustinChronicle and on Facebook.

Title X Money in the Right Hands
Title X Money in the Right Hands
Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas sole statewide grantee

Aug. 9, 2018

Kendra Scott Walks Back Support for Local Crisis Pregnancy Center
Kendra Scott Walks Back Support for Local Crisis Pregnancy Center
Jeweler regrets hosting fundraiser for Pflugerville CPC

July 30, 2018

Quote of the Week: J. Alexander Lawrence
Quote of the Week: J. Alexander Lawrence
Attorney for abortion providers explains nonsensical nature of state’s fetal burial law

July 26, 2018

Fetal Burial Trial Concludes
Fetal Burial Trial Concludes
Five-day trial into draconian law yields no indication from judge on eventual ruling

July 26, 2018

Fetal Burial Trial Ends with Unanswered Questions
Fetal Burial Trial Ends with Unanswered Questions
Judge Ezra voices concern over women's access to health care under SB 8

July 20, 2018

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing
Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing
Despite unprecedented taxpayer investment, state-funded crisis pregnancy centers deliver few services

July 19, 2018

Fetal Burial Law Considered in Court
Fetal Burial Law Considered in Court
Five-day trial challenges state’s latest anti-choice law

July 19, 2018

Groups File Expansive Suit to Challenge Dozens Of Abortion Restrictions
Groups File Expansive Suit to Challenge Dozens Of Abortion Restrictions
Lawsuit filed Thursday in Austin federal court

June 14, 2018

How TV Talks About Abortion
ATX TV Fest: Her Body, Her Choice: TV's Abortion Dilemma
Showrunners wonder why shows avoid stories about a common experience

June 11, 2018

The Next Anti-Choice Strategy?
The Next Anti-Choice Strategy?
Widening the attorney general's authority to prosecute

April 19, 2018

Judge Temporarily Strikes Down Fetal Burial Rule
Judge Temporarily Strikes Down Fetal Burial Rule
Ezra says law will likely show “undue burden” on women

Jan. 29, 2018

Austin's Day of Resistance
Austin's Day of Resistance
Where to commemorate the first anniversary of the Women’s March

Jan. 19, 2018

New Judge Takes Over Fetal Burial Rule Case
New Judge Takes Over Fetal Burial Rule Case
David Ezra takes over for Sam Sparks, now on senior status

Jan. 8, 2018

The Sexist Texas Lege
The Sexist Texas Lege
The war on women continues on many fronts

Dec. 28, 2017

Texas Wants to Bury Your Fetus, Pt. 2
Texas Wants to Bury Your Fetus, Pt. 2
It’s déjà vu all over again in the fight for reproductive rights

Dec. 14, 2017

Judge Strikes Down Texas Abortion Ban
Judge Strikes Down Texas Abortion Ban
Yeakel slams D&E ban as an "undue burden" on women

Nov. 22, 2017

Providers Back in Court To Stop Texas Abortion Ban
Abortion Ban Back in Court
Doctors say law would impose risk, pain for patient

Nov. 3, 2017

Court Rules Undocumented Minor Held “Hostage” by Trump Administration Can Access Abortion
Court Rules Undocumented Minor Held “Hostage” by Trump Administration Can Access Abortion
Decision "rights a grave constitutional wrong," says judge

Oct. 24, 2017

Court Delays Undocumented Minor's Right to Abortion
Court Delays Undocumented Minor's Right to Abortion
Jane Doe again faces government engineered obstacles to abortion

Oct. 20, 2017

Texas Backs Trump Agency in Holding Undocumented Abortion-Seeking Minor
Texas Backs Trump Agency in Holding Undocumented Abortion-Seeking Minor "Hostage"
Federal agency sent minor to crisis pregnancy center instead

Oct. 12, 2017

"Repro Power" Takes Proactive Path in Reproductive Justice Fight
Groups to lobby City Council, Commissioners Court

Sept. 28, 2017

Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Ban
Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Ban
A preliminary injunction hearing is set for Sept. 14

Aug. 31, 2017

Attorneys Fight D&E Abortion Ban in Court
Attorneys Fight D&E Abortion Ban in Court
Judge Yeakel plans to issue ruling “quickly” before Sept. 1

Aug. 29, 2017

State Axes Anti-Choice Group's Family Planning Funds
Texas Defunds Anti-Choice Group
The Heidi Group failed to meet their own patient target goals

Aug. 23, 2017

"Rape Insurance" Bill Close to Becoming Law
HB 214 bars private, state-offered, and ACA abortion coverage

Aug. 13, 2017

Senate Speeds Through Anti-Choice Bills
Senate Speeds Through Anti-Choice Bills
Senate prioritizes anti-abortion bills during special session

July 25, 2017

What Happens When Texas Blocks Planned Parenthood? Abortions Rise.
What Happens When Texas Blocks Planned Parenthood? Abortions Rise.
Study: Lege's family planning cuts led to an increase in abortion

July 12, 2017

Activists Nod to <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> to Protest Anti-Abortion Bills
Handmaid's Tale Protests at Capitol
Pro-choice protest at Capitol channels dystopian fiction

May 23, 2017

Texas House Advances Anti-Choice Package Bill
Texas House Advances Anti-Choice Package Bill
SB 8 bans safest type of second trimester abortion

May 19, 2017

Lege Lines: Bills on the Move
Lege Lines: Bills on the Move
Sine die looms. Do these bills have a shot?

May 11, 2017

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