Senate Bill 8 will likely face a lawsuit this summer. The problem for abortion-rights advocates is that legislation often moves faster than the courts.
“Why don’t we just stop passing unconstitutional laws?” asked an exasperated Representative Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie. He spoke in May as the House debated a sweeping new anti-abortion bill that Governor Greg Abbott has since signed into law. Turner didn’t … Read More
Rep. Donna Howard said Abbott’s veto is “disgraceful” and jeopardizes “health and safety of women across the state.”
Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, the highest rate of repeat teen pregnancy in the United States, the highest uninsured rate in the country and an ongoing Zika outbreak that threatens pregnant women. Yet Governor … Read More
Lawmakers largely ignored the state's pregnancy-related death rate that doubled over a two-year period.
Courtesy/Shawn Thierry When she got pregnant four years ago, Representative Shawn Thierry knew she was at risk. She was 42 at the time, an age at which women are more likely to face pregnancy complications. “But I certainly didn’t know … Read More
A sweeping anti-abortion bill leaves prosecutors wide discretion over who is charged for unlawful abortions.
May 26 UPDATE: The Senate accepted House amendments to SB 8 on a vote of 22-9 Friday afternoon. The bill now heads to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature; pending approval, it will take effect Sept. 1. Representative Joe Moody, … Read More
Lawmakers voted to ban the most common form of second trimester abortions and to mandate the burial of fetal remains, among other measures.
Lawmakers voted to ban the most common form of second trimester abortions and to mandate the burial of fetal remains, among other measures. Read More
A win for Texas could greenlight other states to kick the women's health provider out of Medicaid programs.
Texas is testing the Trump administration’s antagonism toward Planned Parenthood with a controversial move that could set a path for other states to defund the nation’s leading reproductive health provider. Four years ago, Texas’ vendetta against Planned Parenthood led the … Read More
After gaining the support of most House members last week, a bill legalizing medical marijuana was declared dead Tuesday night by its authors — a Republican and a Democrat who vowed to continue working on the issue. “The clock ran … Read More
A bill to allow severely ill or disabled patients to use medical cannabis has growing, bipartisan support. But time is running out for passage.
UPDATE: After a big bipartisan push on and off the House floor Friday, Public Health Committee Chair Four Price, R-Amarillo, called an impromptu meeting to vote on HB 2107 just before 5 p.m. The bill passed 7-2, with Price and Representative … Read More
With less than a month left in the legislative session, anti-abortion lawmakers are worried their priority bills will not pass in time. And they say fellow Republicans will be to blame if that happens. “You can’t count votes on pro-life … Read More