A decision is expected next summer.
Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law is headed to the Supreme Court in a landmark case that is likely to determine the future of abortion restrictions in the United States. Read More
In mid-October, a federal judge issued a decision denying the parents' request that Texas be compelled to find a temporary means by which to issue the birth certificates. "Although the Plaintiffs have provided evidence which raises grave concerns regarding the treatment of citizen children born to immigrant parents," wrote U.S District Judge Robert Pitman, he would allow the state to continue using its disputed vital records protocols while the plaintiffs' case makes its way through the courts. Read More
In October, police say, a man raped a 12-year-old girl in a Houston public bathroom. Well, that’s not actually what police say. The detective, a man who is paid by taxpayers to investigate crimes and apprehend criminals, described the 12-year-old … Read More
The state excels at creating solutions in search of problems, making life more difficult for the most marginalized Texans.
To me, it looks as though the problem the state has is with some Texans. Texans who aren’t wealthy white folks, or who aren’t likely to be turning up to vote in the next Republican primary. Texans whose very existence challenges the long institutional rule of the good ol’ boys’ club, who make government-by-handshake increasingly difficult to pull off. Read More
The state has formally begun the process of ousting two more Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates from the joint state-federal Medicaid program, though it hasn’t yet wrapped up investigations into some of the health care providers’ tissue donation practices. In letters … Read More
Attorneys for the state of Texas argued in federal court in Austin on Friday that a lawsuit joined by dozens of undocumented Texans has nothing to do with their U.S.-born children being denied birth certificates by the state vital statistics unit. Instead, the attorneys claimed, the suit is a ruse to compel the state to accept Mexican consulate-issued identification. Read More
Texas bureaucrats and lawmakers have continued to claim that non-Planned Parenthood providers can pick up the slack, only to have their own numbers show that fewer patients than ever are receiving publicly funded reproductive health care, and at a higher cost to taxpayers per patient. Nevertheless, they brag that Texas is really doing a bang-up job serving its poorest residents. Read More
Demands for equity, demands to be treated as human, aren’t acts of violence, however much they may disturb us white Texans who are too comfortable in our own skin. Read More