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Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Thousands of advocates have flooded the federal government with comments this week, weighing in on whether it should reverse an Obama-era decision to strip Texas of millions in federal funding for a health care program that excludes abortion providers and their affiliates. 

The state's women's health program is not providing enough services to those who need it, a study released Thursday finds. Advocates say that should give the federal government pause as it reviews an application from Texas health officials to help pay for it.   

Among the 20 items Gov. Greg Abbott has asked legislators to tackle during the upcoming special session is a push to block all taxpayer funds from being sent to abortion providers.

Texas is closer to testing out a Trump administration rule that allows states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood.

A month ago, President Donald Trump signed a measure that would allow state and local governments to deny federal funds to family planning clinics that also provide abortions. Texas may soon be the first state to test out that measure to defund clinics like Planned Parenthood. 

Two anti-abortion rights activists who covertly recorded themselves discussing fetal tissue with Planned Parenthood staff are facing felony charges in California, for allegedly violating state law by filming people without their permission.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt on Tuesday, saying the state "will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations."

Khampha Bouaphanh / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Barbara Pierce Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, spoke at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser Wednesday in Fort Worth. Meanwhile, protesters gathered outside to express disappointment in Bush’s involvement.

Cooper Neill for The Texas Tribune

Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, will headline a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in North Texas on Wednesday. 

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A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.

Texas lawmakers are still referencing a highly edited undercover video from 2015 purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials selling fetal tissue.

Judge Temporarily Blocks Planned Parenthood's Ouster From Texas Medicaid

Jan 19, 2017
John Jordan

U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks on Thursday delayed Planned Parenthood's ouster from the state’s Medicaid program until Feb. 21.

From Texas StandardTuesday Planned Parenthood heads to court for the first of three days of hearings to defend their right to stay in the Texas Medicaid program.

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday that Republicans will — once again — vote to cut off federal tax dollars for Planned Parenthood. They are planning to include the measure as part of a bigger upcoming bill to repeal pillars of Obamacare. This isn't the first time that they have tried to pass this type of legislation — President Obama vetoed a similar bill last January.

Texas Officially Kicking Planned Parenthood Out Of Medicaid

Dec 20, 2016
Photo by Tamir Kalifa

After more than a year of delays, Texas is officially kicking Planned Parenthood out of the state’s Medicaid program.

The Obama administration is trying to protect Planned Parenthood's federal funding before the president turns over the reins of government to Republicans who have historically been hostile to the family planning group.

Women across the country are rushing to get IUDs. Or at least, they're tweeting about rushing to get long-term birth control, according to a surge of messages on social media.

More New Mothers in Texas are Dying; Experts Can't Say Why

Sep 6, 2016
Philippe Put / The Texas Tribune

No matter which way you count, the number of Texas women dying after they have babies or unsuccessful pregnancies is on the rise.

Jacob Villanueva / Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Alamo Drafthouse is open for business; Ethan Couch was moved to adult jail; Amazon doesn’t intimidate Half Price Books; and more.

Grand Jury Indicts Abortion Foes Behind Undercover Videos

Jan 25, 2016
Jacob Villanueva / Texas Tribune

A Harris County grand jury on Monday indicted the videographers behind undercover recordings of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Houston and cleared the women's health provider of any wrongdoing.

After Sound And Fury, Planned Parenthood Still Funded In Texas

Dec 15, 2015
Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

Almost two months after Texas Republican leaders announced they would kick Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid, it hasn't happened.

Tamir Kalifa / The Texas Tribune

Planned Parenthood’s Texas affiliates on Monday filed a federal lawsuit to keep state health officials from booting them from the state’s Medicaid program.

Actions Against Planned Parenthood Are Not Final, Texas Official Says

Oct 26, 2015
John Jordan / Texas Tribune

The Texas official in charge of the Medicaid inquiry of Planned Parenthood says that the organization has not been terminated from that federal health care program and that it would take at least a month to determine whether it should be.

Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

Days after Texas health officials announced they want to kick Planned Parenthood outof the state Medicaid program, state investigators on Thursday visited Planned Parenthood facilities in San Antonio, Houston Dallas and Brownsville.

From Texas Standard:

Earlier this year, a three-person group calling itself the Center for Medical Progress started releasing surreptitious videos of Planned Parenthood officials from across the country – including Houston.


Texas Kicks Planned Parenthood Out Of Medicaid Program

Oct 19, 2015
Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

Texas health officials say they are kicking Planned Parenthood out of the state Medicaid program entirely over what they called "acts of misconduct" revealed in undercover videos filmed earlier this year.

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.

Ben Philpott / KUT/Texas Tribune

The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America's second most-populous state.

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

Next month, a dozen abortion clinics in Texas will close because they don't meet tough new standards outlined in the controversial abortion law that passed last summer. Planned Parenthood in Dallas will open its new facility -- which will be one of just seven clinics in the state that meet the new requirements. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Cyclospora is back, Planned Parenthood plans to drop big money to support Texas Democrats, an alternative to sticking wet smartphones in rice, and more.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Olympia Snowe is the only woman to have served in both houses of the Maine legislature and both houses of Congress. Two years ago, the moderate Republican retired from the U.S. Senate, citing the surge in hyper-partisanship and extremism. This week, she was in Dallas to speak at a Planned Parenthood awards luncheon -- and she talked with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, in this week’s Friday Conversation.

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