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 and exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic to disrupt abortion access, 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 the reproductive rights battle on this page, as well as @AustinChronicle and on Facebook.

Legislators Take Direct Aim at Austin’s Support for Abortion
Legislators Take Direct Aim at Austin’s Support for Abortion
Bills target city's funding of logistical assistance

Feb. 12, 2021

With Rosie's Law, Austin Legislators Aim to Restore Abortion Coverage
With Rosie's Law, Austin Legislators Aim to Restore Abortion Coverage
Sheryl Cole, Sarah Eckhardt introduce bicameral legislation that would expand health insurance coverage for abortion care

Jan. 28, 2021

Women's Health Advocates Brace for "Perfect Storm" at Texas Legislature
Women's Health Advocates Brace for "Perfect Storm" at Texas Legislature
Republican lawmakers racing to further restrict abortion access

Jan. 14, 2021

5th Circuit Strikes Down Texas Anti-Choice Law
5th Circuit Strikes Down Texas Anti-Choice Law
Judges say law would have forced women into "painful, invasive, and experimental" procedures

Oct. 22, 2020

City Council Redirects APD Funds to Abortion Support Access
City Council Redirects APD Funds to Abortion Support Access
$250K to flow toward abortion support services

Aug. 14, 2020

Pro-Choice Groups Strike Back at Malicious Abortion Foe
Pro-Choice Groups Strike Back at Malicious Abortion Foe
Leader of small-town ban effort slapped with defamation suit

June 11, 2020

After a Month of Chaos, Abortion Care Returns to Texas
After a Month of Chaos, Abortion Care Returns to Texas
Clinics, patients, and the law get put through the ringer over care

April 30, 2020

Texas, Abortion, and COVID-19: The Chaos Timeline
Texas, Abortion, and COVID-19: The Chaos Timeline
Charting 30 days of legal back-and-forth

April 30, 2020

Abortion Resumes in Texas After COVID-19 Ban
Abortion Resumes in Texas After COVID-19 Ban
Local providers express anxiety state may halt services again

April 23, 2020

5th Circuit Restores Medication Abortion (For Now)
5th Circuit Restores Medication Abortion (For Now)
Latest twist in legal battle offers partial victory to providers

April 14, 2020

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April 2, 2020

Paxton Gets 5th Circuit to Reinstate His Abortion Ban
Paxton Gets 5th Circuit to Reinstate His Abortion Ban
Even during a pandemic, anti-choice politics take precedence

March 31, 2020

Judge Blocks State From Banning Abortion During Pandemic
Judge Blocks State From Banning Abortion During Pandemic
Texas providers can continue delivering essential care – for now.

March 30, 2020

Abortion Providers Sue Abbott, Paxton Over Pandemic Ban
Abortion Providers Sue Abbott, Paxton Over Pandemic Ban
Procedures are time-sensitive and essential, suit argues

March 26, 2020

State Officials "Exploiting" Coronavirus Pandemic to Ban Abortion?
Officials "Exploiting" Pandemic to Ban Abortion?
Reproductive rights groups blast Abbott, Paxton

March 24, 2020

ACLU Sues Texas Cities Over Local Abortion Bans
ACLU Sues Texas Cities Over Local Abortion Bans
Suit argues small towns aim to suppress truth, free speech

Feb. 26, 2020

One in a Crowd: The Choice
One in a Crowd: The Choice
Immersive VR doc explores the right to choose abortion

Jan. 23, 2020

Paxton Bans State Employees From Donating Pay to Planned Parenthood
Paxton Bans State Employees From Donating Pay to Planned Parenthood
But they can still donate to an anti-choice group

Jan. 13, 2020

Ken Paxton Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Historic <i>Whole Woman’s</i> Ruling
Ken Paxton Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Historic Whole Woman’s Ruling
Cruz, Cornyn join anti-choice attorney general in call for repeal

Jan. 9, 2020

The Politics of Slasher <i>Black Christmas</i>
The Politics of Slasher Black Christmas
The Canadian classic was about more than gore

Dec. 12, 2019

Anti-Choice Grifter’s Mischief Costs Texas Taxpayers $1.6M
Anti-Choice Grifter’s Mischief Costs Texas Taxpayers $1.6M
State asks for its money back after Round Rock-based anti-abortion group fritters away women’s health funds

Nov. 14, 2019

Report: Austin Leads State in Reproductive Freedom
Report: Austin Leads State in Reproductive Freedom
But best-in-Texas ranking highlights what still needs to be done

Nov. 4, 2019

Louisiana SCOTUS Case D&eacute;j&agrave; Vu for Texas Abortion Providers
Louisiana SCOTUS Case Déjà Vu for Texas Abortion Providers
Conservative 5th Circuit ignores Whole Woman’s precedent

Oct. 24, 2019

Mike Denton Jumps Into County Attorney Race
Mike Denton Jumps Into County Attorney Race
As expected, just-retired judge announces campaign for Dem nomination

Sept. 26, 2019

Fifth Circuit Hears Objections to Texas' Fetal Burial Law
Fifth Circuit Hears Objections to Texas' Fetal Burial Law
Anti-abortion measure currently on hold pending appeals

Sept. 18, 2019

Council Members To Back Abortion Support Budget Measure
CMs Plan To Support Abortion Funds
Garza, Casar plan support for $100K in abortion assistance

Aug. 15, 2019

East Austin Planned Parenthood Safe … For Now
East Austin Planned Parenthood Safe … For Now
New state law shouldn't impact East Seventh clinic

June 17, 2019

A <i>Roe v. Wade</i> Conversation With Wendy Davis and the Attorneys Who Argued the Landmark Case
A Roe v. Wade Conversation With Wendy Davis and the Attorneys Who Argued the Landmark Case
Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee on abortion rights today

June 17, 2019

Council Holds Off on Boycotting Alabama for Restrictive Abortion Laws
Council Won't Boycott Alabama For Now
Abortion protest could do more harm than good, say advocates

June 7, 2019

Point Austin: On the Road to Sine Die
Point Austin: On the Road to Sine Die
Almost adjourned, the Legislature's toll is still incomplete

May 23, 2019

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