According to a finalized list of BCCS clinics for the 2016-17 fiscal year, obtained Wednesday by the Observer, at least one area of the state where Planned Parenthood was previously the only BCCS provider still remains without one: McLennan County. Read More
Between 100,000 and 240,000 Texans have attempted to terminate their pregnancies without medical assistance, according to new research released Tuesday. Based on interviews and a statewide survey, the unprecedented study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) estimates that between 1.7 and 4.1 percent of Texas women between the ages of 18 and 49 have attempted to end their own pregnancies outside of a clinical setting Read More
For almost 20 years, the clinic has provided contraception, STD testing and Pap smears from a building in Brownwood’s public housing projects, an unusual setting that puts the services amid some of the town’s poorest residents. But Midway almost shut down in late 2012 after the Texas Legislature made deep cuts to the state family planning program. The clinic limped along on a volunteer basis for months until funding through the federal family planning program, Title X, kicked in in mid-2013. Read More
For more than a year, a coalition of independent abortion providers has been challenging the constitutionality of House Bill 2, Texas' omnibus abortion law passed in 2013. The state has maintained that HB 2's restrictions would make legal abortion safer, despite the opposition of mainstream medical organizations, which have said the law would "harm women's health in very clear ways." As the case continues to wind its way through the courts and appears likely to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, Texans are already feeling the law's impact. Read More
One striker's daughter says staff retaliated against her mom by transferring her to solitary confinement in an all-male facility.
Cristina Parker, Grassroots Leadership’s immigration programs coordinator, said women have vowed to strike indefinitely, and some have taken to drinking sugar water to sustain themselves. Read More
Thirty-eight years ago, a young woman in McAllen died of an illegal abortion. Today her story is more relevant than ever.
On a June afternoon in McAllen in 1978, Diana Rivera, posing as a young pregnant woman, walked into the home of a local midwife. At Rivera’s side was a female friend, who was wearing a small, concealed microphone. Outside, two … Read More
As Texas consolidates its multi-pronged family planning programs, doctors air their concerns about meeting patients' needs with limited resources.
At Wednesday’s Women’s Health Advisory Committee meeting — the second convening of the nine-member committee assembled to help bureaucrats navigate the consolidation of Texas’ reproductive health safety net — state health officials laid out which services will be covered through the … Read More
This latest attempt at defunding Planned Parenthood could mean reduced access to family planning and other reproductive health services for the low-income Texans who rely on public funds for care. Read More
The Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, made up of 46 lawyers and judges, is charged with proposing rules for the court to consider as it implements HB 3994, which supporters argued closes “loopholes” in parental consent law needed to prevent minors from getting abortions by evading their parents’ wishes. Read More