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.

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

On Abortion, Texas Leads in Lying
On Abortion, Texas Leads in Lying
“Unfounded abortion restrictions often have serious consequences”

May 11, 2017

Lege Lines: Elsewhere Under the Dome
Lege Lines: Elsewhere Under the Dome
20 days left of the 85th session

May 11, 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

Bills Grant Texas Doctors Legal Cover to Mislead Pregnant Women
Bills Grant Texas Doctors Legal Cover to Mislead Pregnant Women
Is the Lege giving doctors a license to lie?

April 13, 2017

Anti-Choice Lawmakers Divert Millions From TCEQ To Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Anti-Choice Lawmakers Divert Millions From TCEQ To Crisis Pregnancy Centers
House swaps $20M from TCEQ to anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers

April 6, 2017

Lawmaker Files Bill Penalizing Male Masturbation
Lawmaker Files Bill Penalizing Male Masturbation
HB 4620 highlights absurdity of intrusive anti-choice bills

March 13, 2017

Lege Lines: Toxic Masculinity Drops the Hammer
Lege Lines: Toxic Masculinity Drops the Hammer
Standing up to anti-choice rhetoric during a three-bill frenzy at the Capitol

Feb. 23, 2017

Judge Blocks Texas From Kicking Planned Parenthood Out of Medicaid
Judge Blocks Texas From Kicking Planned Parenthood Out of Medicaid
State determined to have provided "no evidence" of wrongdoing

Feb. 21, 2017

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