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Texas May Owe Abortion Providers' Lawyers $4.5 Million

Oct 10, 2016
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Texas could be on the hook for more than $4.5 million as part of its failed legal battle to defend its 2013 abortion restrictions, which the U.S. Supreme struck down as unconstitutional in June.

Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

Despite intense outcry from the medical community, reproductive rights advocates and funeral directors, Texas isn't budging on a proposed rule to require the cremation or burial of fetal remains.

Texas Abortion Booklet Revisions Called Even More Inaccurate

Jul 27, 2016
Graphic by Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

Death and infertility were just two of the risks a doctor described to Kryston Skinner when she chose to have an abortion last year.

Sharp Drop In Abortions Followed Texas Restrictions

Jul 1, 2016
Allison Shelley / Texas Tribune

The number of drug-induced abortions in Texas plummeted in the first full year after the state's strict 2013 abortion law took effect, according to statistics released Thursday by the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

The legal battle to defend Texas' 2013 abortion restrictions — which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional on Monday — cost Texas taxpayers more than $1 million, according to records obtained by The Texas Tribune.

COURTESY OF NICOLE STEWART

Three years ago, as Wendy Davis was filibustering Senate Bill 5 in Austin, Nicole Stewart was facing a difficult decision in Dallas. Five months into her pregnancy, doctors said if she delivered her baby, he probably would not survive.

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As soon as the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out the Texas law setting restrictive standards for abortion clinics, cheering and despair erupted from groups on either side of the abortion debate.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.

5 Things The Supreme Court Abortion Ruling Means For Texas Women

Jun 27, 2016
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

On its face, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Texas' far-reaching abortion law seems clear: House Bill 2 is unconstitutional. But the implications might not be as straightforward. Here are five things you need to know to understand the landmark ruling. 

More Texas Women Opting For Drug-Induced Abortions

Jun 22, 2016
The Texas Tribune

Texas abortion providers say the percentage of women at their clinics opting for drug-induced abortions to terminate early pregnancies has climbed significantly since March — when the federal Food and Drug Administration updated its rules for the medication.

Abortion, Race, Immigration Among Last Supreme Court Cases

Jun 22, 2016
Katie Harbath / The Texas Tribune

It happens every June. The Supreme Court nears the finish line with the most contentious cases still to be resolved.

Women who want an abortion in deeply conservative Texas have slightly more choice these days than they had a few months ago. In March, the Food and Drug Administration simplified rules on abortion medication, allowing patients to take the standard regimen of abortion drugs later in a pregnancy.

Ben Philpott / KUT/Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas women are traveling to New Mexico for abortion procedures; an animal rights group disapproves of the Dallas Zoo’s imported elephants; Texas A&M will take on its Sweet Sixteen matchup with OU on Thursday; and more.

 

State Officials Note Significant Drop In Texas Abortions

Mar 18, 2016
Allison Shelley / Texas Tribune

The number of abortions performed in Texas dropped significantly in 2014, with almost 9,000 fewer procedures in the state compared to the year before.

Even with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Wednesday could mark a potential turning point for the Supreme Court on the subject of abortion. At issue is whether a new Texas law imposes restrictions that unconstitutionally limit a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy.

Last June, a federal appeals court upheld the law. If the Supreme Court agrees, it would mean a dramatic cutback on abortion rights across the country, and potentially a steppingstone toward the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Austin-San Antonio breakfast taco debacle has escalated; Super Tuesday’s results could go one of six ways; Texans think it’s hard to see a doctor these days; KERA News launched its latest digital project, One Crisis Away: Rebuilding A Life; and more.  

 

Obama, Davis Ask Supreme Court To Reject Texas Abortion Law

Jan 5, 2016
Photo illustration by Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

Intervening in what could be a landmark decision, the Obama Administration, state and federal lawmakers and medical experts asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to overturn Texas’ 2013 abortion law, which could shut down about half of the state’s 19 remaining abortion clinics.

Five Ways Abortion Rules Are Changing For Texas Minors

Jan 5, 2016
Todd Wiseman / Callie Richmond / Texas Tribune

Underage Texas women seeking abortions without their parents' consent will face a tougher set of legal hurdles in the new year.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

The Supreme Court is taking on its first abortion case in eight years, a dispute over state regulation of abortion clinics.

From Texas Standard:

Yesterday, a new undercover video was released by the anti-abortion group targeting Planned Parenthood. Shot in Austin, the video shows a doctor describing methods used to perform later-term abortions.

Report: Texas Abortion Restrictions Led To Longer Wait Times

Oct 5, 2015
Ben Philpott / KUT

Wait times to get an abortion in Texas have grown in some metropolitan areas, a trend that could be felt statewide if the U.S. Supreme Court allows the strictest provision of the state’s 2013 abortion law to take effect.

An abortion clinic in El Paso has reopened and resumed scheduling appointments after closing in April of 2014.

This clinic is a plaintiff in a case that could go before the Supreme Court in a lawsuit involving state restrictions on abortion facilities and doctors passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013 and adopted into law the same year.


Texas Abortion Providers Ask Supeme Court To Review Restrictions

Sep 3, 2015
Todd Wiseman / Callie Richmond / Texas Tribune

Texas abortion providers on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their legal challenge to two provisions of the state's strict abortion law.

Abbott Launches Investigation Into Fetal Tissue From Abortions

Jul 15, 2015
Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

After an anti-abortion group on Tuesday released an undercover video showing an executive at Planned Parenthood discussing how to preserve an aborted fetus’s organs for medical research, Gov. Greg Abbott announced an investigation into the alleged practice.

Tuesday would have been the last day of operation for 10 clinics in Texas that provide abortion services. But on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of its final actions of this session, said the clinics can remain open while clinic lawyers ask the court for a full review of a strict abortion law.

Two dozen states have passed regulations similar to the ones being fought over in Texas.

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The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close.

Abortion providers in Texas want a federal appeals court to block its own ruling. They’re asking the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stay its decision upholding a 2013 abortion law, because allowing the law to go into effect would leave Texas with no more than eight clinics. [Read the stay request here.]

On Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit upheld the Texas law (HB 2) requiring abortion physicians to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. 

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a controversial state law requiring nearly all Texas facilities that perform abortions to operate like hospital-style surgical centers.

If the ruling stands, abortion providers say another dozen could close in the next few weeks. They say that would leave nearly a million women at least 150 miles from the nearest abortion provider.

Since the law first passed in 2013, about half the state's 40 clinics have shut down.

Appeals Court Upholds Texas' Abortion Restrictions

Jun 9, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

In a blow to the state's abortion providers, federal appeals judges on Tuesday upheld a state law requiring nearly all Texas facilities that perform the procedure to meet hospital-like standards. 

Texas House OKs Bill Restricting Minors Seeking Abortions

May 14, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Minors seeking to obtain abortions without parental consent would face more restrictions under a bill that received preliminary approval Wednesday from the Texas House.

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