Buoyed by the release of undercover Planned Parenthood videos, a few dozen anti-abortion activists gathered Tuesday at the Texas Capitol called on Texas lawmakers to defund Planned Parenthood.
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The EACH Woman Act would have a huge impact for poor women in Texas, who tend to also be women of color, supporters of the resolution say. More than 1 million Texans are currently enrolled in Medicaid, and according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 57 percent of them are women, many of whom struggle to provide for their families.
After the Whole Women’s Health abortion clinic in Austin was shut down last year due to Texas’ House Bill 2, the organization’s president, Amy Hagstrom Miller, has launched a nonprofit in its place to help educate and facilitate more informed conversations about abortion.
In response to a video released Tuesday by anti-abortion activist group the Center for Medical Progress, Gov. Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to investigate what he calls “the harvesting of baby body parts.” The videomakers’ claim that Planned Parenthood uses abortion to illegally “sell baby parts” is a misleading distraction from real issues of justice in medical research and care.
The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked two major components of Texas’ omnibus abortion law that would have forced all but nine abortion clinics in the state to close.
In the latest politically motivated attack on Planned Parenthood, Texas is poised to lose millions in funding for teen pregnancy prevention, family planning services and STI screenings, but this time the threat is coming from Congress.
In an opinion largely upholding Texas’ strict 2013 abortion law, a three-judge panel has upheld provisions expected to lead to the closure of all but eight abortion clinics in Texas, forcing some women to travel hundreds of miles to the nearest facility.
Conservative lawmakers found even more ways to restrict reproductive health care access across Texas this session, putting minors and poor women at risk.
The hapless champion of conservative principles, Rep. Jonathan Stickland, ruined the chances of two sweeping new abortion restrictions, making it a successful weekend for pro-choice activists.
Opponents raised concerns that the bill may violate a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the bypass process must be confidential and expeditious, and endangers already vulnerable teenagers.