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    August 29, 2014

    Most Texas Abortion Clinics Could Close Next Week

    Once upon a time, not so very long ago, there were 41 abortion clinics in Texas. If things don't change by Sept. 1, there may only be six or seven clinics left in the entire state. Since House Bill 2 was slammed through the legislature last year (despite the filibuster that made state Sen. Wendy D ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    Courts are Making Interesting Rulings on Abortion Restrictions Similar to Those in Texas

    Texas is most likely on course to enact the last section of the state's stringent abortion laws, forcing all but six of the abortion clinics in Texas to close, but there are interesting goings-on as similar state abortion laws work through the court system. Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of App ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    State Attacks Whole Women's Health in Battle Over Anti-Abortion Bill

    Clinics continue to rail against the state's new abortion law in court, a law that has closed almost half the abortion clinics in Texas through more stringent facilities requirements and required hospital admitting privileges. Whole Woman's Health has closed clinics in Beaumont, McAllen and Austin ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    [PHOTOS] Stop Patriarchy Protests Outside Harris County GOP Office

    If the War Against Women is a national battle, Texas is ground zero. That's according to Sunsara Taylor, a leader of Stop Patriarchy, a movement that is attempting end to the enslavement and degradation of women -- notably when it comes to the right to an abortion and the production of pornography. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Supreme Court Nixes Buffers, But Texas Abortion Clinics Are Mostly Closing Anyway

    In the middle of the big Wendy Davis filibuster last year, it must have been tempting to think that something big was happening, that real change was afoot, or at least there was a chance the anti-abortion law would be stopped. Well, that was cute. It's been a year now, as of this week, and nothin ... More >>

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    June 10, 2014

    Houston Right-to-Life Groups Sues Senator Over Radio Ads

    State Senator Robert Deuell is being sued by Houston-based Texas Right to Life because according to court papers the Greenville senator had his lawyers try and stop radio ads the pro-life group was airing against him. First some background. Deuell, who is a doctor, had introduced SB 303, a bill tha ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    Women Are Having Fewer Abortions: Here's Why

    The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice think thank, but one that is also considered to have most reliable numbers and statistics when it comes to abortion data, has released a study showing that abortion rates are as low as they've ever been since Roe v. Wade (1973). Only 17 of every 1,000 women are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    White and Educated? You're One of the Reason Politics Are So Polarized

    If you're white and have a college education or greater, you're probably (one of) the reasons our politics is so polarized. Using abortion, a polarizing issue if there ever was one, as a proxy, researchers have shown that since 1980, educated whites' stances on abortion have skewed in two very diffe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Truthiness and Free Speech: Supreme Court Takes Up Important First Amendment Case

    The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) recently agreed to hear a case that has important implications for political discourse in campaigns. Indeed, this case has a little bit of everything: abortion rights, free speech, campaign finance and PACs. Here's what happened: an anti-abortion PAC, Susan B. Anthony Lis ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Federal Appeals Court Hears Texas Abortion Law

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday over the controversial Texas abortion law. The law, which was allowed to be enacted in October by the Fifth Circuit, requires doctors to have local hospital admitting privileges to conduct abortions. State Sen. Wendy Davis rocketed to p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Ted Cruz Part II: The Tea Party is Going to "Primary" Senator Cornyn

    Senator John Cornyn is no one's idea of a liberal. Senator Cornyn is no one's idea of a RINO or a squish. Indeed, the non-partisan Nation Journal ranked Cornyn the second most conservative member of the U.S. Senate. As Talking Points Memo reports on Cornyn's conservative bona fides: He has an "A" r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Pregnancy and Abortion: New Study Shows Some Encouraging Numbers

    A Centers for Disease Control report on pregnancy and abortion has some interesting and good news about both subjects. First, pregnancy rates, birth rates and abortion rates among teenagers are down, precipitously so for abortions. Indeed, the abortion rate among this cohort has dropped over-one h ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Texas Abortion Law

    Judge Richard Posner, the leading judicial-scholar of our generation (think Oliver Wendell Holmes and Learned Hand), recently said in an interview: "Well, I don't like the Supreme Court. I don't think it's a real court. I think of it as basically . . . it's like a House of Lords. It's a quasi-polit ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Texas Abortion Case Might Be the Next Big Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

    em>Planned Parenthood v. Abbott, a/k/a the "Texas Abortion Case," might be the fodder for the Supreme Court's latest pronouncement on abortion. Let's start with the "might": the Supreme Court only takes those cases that it wants to hear (granting a writ of certiorari, in the jargon), so there is the ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Appeals Court Reinstates Part of Texas Abortion Law

    Days after U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued an injunction blocking parts of the new Texas abortion law, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has reinstated the portion of the law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic. The le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Pro-Lifers Planning a Protest Outside Planned Parenthood Wednesday (They Like the State Abortion Law)

    Not everyone was thrilled with U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel's ruling on part of the Texas abortion law on Monday, and some of the displeased are showing it with a protest. Yeakel ruled on a section of the law requiring doctors administering abortions to obtain admitting rights to a hospital withi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    UPDATED: Federal Judge Blocked Part of Texas Abortion Law

    UPDATE: Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz have both issued statements about Yeakel's decision and we're shocked to report they're both agin' it. In other news, the world is round! Puppies are cute! There's gambling in Casablanca! Anyways, Perry said he'll continue the fight (or something John Wayne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    California, Bucking Other States, Expands Access to Abortion

    As you can see from this chart, since the 2010 mid-term elections there has been a significant uptick in abortion restrictions. State legislatures in Texas, Ohio, North Dakota (overturned in Court), Wisconsin (also blocked in court) and Pennsylvania (among others) have all enacted restrictions on ab ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Texas Law Prompts Creation of More Abortion Clinics (And One Will be in Houston)

    The new anti-abortion legislation is expected to do what a lot of its proponents were hoping for - closing down a bunch of the abortion clinics in Texas - but it's also had a couple of upshots the pro-choice people weren't aiming for, like, say creating more abortion clinics in the Lone Star State. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Lawsuit Filed to Block Texas Abortion Law: If You Can't Beat 'em, Sue 'em

    If you thought we were done talking about abortion around the Lone Star State, you obviously haven't been paying attention. As Sen. Wendy Davis gears up for her big gubernatorial run, the abortion legislation that sparked her star-making filibuster in the state legislature has been slapped with a fe ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Dan Patrick, Pro-Lifer, Is An Accidental Pro-Abortion Supporter

    Houston's own State Sen. Dan Patrick has let it be known that he is, of course, against abortion in all forms, but it turns out the good senator -- who is taking a run at being becoming Texas lieutenant governor -- held stock in the company that makes Plan B, the "morning after" pill, one of the man ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Abortion Returns to the Supreme Court: A Preview

    Abortion. Just to read the word provokes strong mental images, emotions and opinions. Since the tea party mid-term elections in 2010 swept in some very conservative legislators in states across the country, abortion, after taking a back seat to economic issues, has become a hot button issue again. ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Debbie Riddle, Our Female Gohmert, Compares Pro-Choice Camp to Hitler

    It's no stretch to say Debbie Riddle is the female equivalent of Louie Gohmert. Both are the most notable proponents of the Terror Baby Theory, planting pregnant Hezbollah operatives just across the border. Both are aging Christianists with little interest in humility or discussion. Both are low-han ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Texas Legislator Says Rape Kits Cause Abortions, Get Women "Cleaned Out"

    You likely know a woman who's had an abortion. You may not realize it, and she may not have informed you -- or you may very well be the woman in question -- but with 1.45 percent of women aged 15-44 in Texas getting an abortion annually, the odds are that you've met, befriended, or loved a woman who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    UPDATED: Wendy Davis's Abortion Filibuster Brings Laughter from Republicans, and History to Capitol

    UPDATED: After 12.5 hours of filibuster, a trio of controversial points of order, and one of the most sustained shows of political passion the state has seen in years, the Texas Senate failed to pass Senate Bill 5 Tuesday night. After departing shortly after midnight without a clear ruling, Lt. Gov. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Rick Perry Adds Abortion, Mandatory Sentencing to Special Session Agenda

    Governor Rick Perry has added abortion regulation and mandatory sentencing for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder to the state legislature's special session agenda. "The horrors of the national late-term abortion industry are continuing to come to light, one atrocity at a time," Perry stated ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Antiabortion group accuses Dr. Douglas Karpen of late-term abortions, authorities investigating

    It seems that Philadelphia might not be the only city in the United States with its very own late-term abortion doctor. That's right folks, Houston may have its very own version of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, according to a report issued by Operation Rescue. The Kansas-based pro-life/antiabortion/whatever' ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Planned Parenthood's Sandra Fluke Event Forced Out of Midtown Bar Proof

    Planned Parenthood's quarterly "Cocktails For A Cause" get-together last Tuesday had some extra star power -- Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student famously called a slut by Rush Limbaugh for daring to speak her mind. What the event didn't have was a venue, after the bar that had agree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    UPDATED: Hard-Right Group Wants to Push Broad Religious Exemptions into State Constitution

    When Texas first passed its Religious Freedom Act in 1999, Scott Hochberg, then a Democratic State Representative, found a strange ally. Texas Right to Life, a pro-life organization still extant, had consistently stood opposite Hochberg's legislation never testified for Hochberg's legislation -- the ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    Try to Change the 24-Hour Mandatory Wait Before an Abortion? We'll Make It a Longer Wait

    Want an abortion? Great! So do many other women, but that doesn't mean they get it whenever they want to in Texas. Women have to endure a mandatory consultation visit 24 hours before the abortion. Wait no more...maybe. Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar is filing a bill by the end of the we ... More >>

  • News

    February 28, 2013

    The Ten Weirdest Members of Congress

    Texas claims three of the top spots.

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    February 13, 2013

    Pregnant Teen Seeks Restraining Order From Abortion-Thirsty Parents

    Here's one you don't see every day: a pregnant 16-year-old is seeking a temporary restraining order against her parents, who she's accusing of violating her constitutional rights by pressuring her to get an abortion. The girl, nine-weeks pregnant and identified in court documents as "R.E.K.," is r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    The Texas Lege To Tackle Sex Education Again: Grab Some Popcorn And Get A Good Seat

    A Texas legislative session with a slew of freshman representatives brushed with the fervor of the Tea Party movement must surely be like red meat on a platter for groups like the Texas Freedom Network. The Texas Freedom Network has emerged as one of the most vocal opponents of the State Board of E ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Roe v. Wade, 40 Years On: Rick Perry Still Carries The Battle Flag

    The 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade is not so much a time of celebration, Rep. Donna Howard told a small crowd on the south steps of the Capitol this morning, as it was a look at the progress towards healthy women and healthy communities. Some of that, liberal lawmakers predict, is likely to erode t ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Political Animals: Abortion Politics

    Rick Perry and the Source for Women: Trust Us With Your Uter-us!

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    December 12, 2012

    Rick Perry and the Source for Women: Trust Us With Your Uter-us!

    Governor Rick Perry couldn't have made it any clearer during a press conference at a Christian-based health clinic Tuesday: "My goal, and the goal of many of those joining me here today is to make abortion at any stage a thing of the past." Perry was pushing the so-called "Pre-Born Pain Bill," a bi ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Rick Perry's War on Planned Parenthood Suffers Setback

    A federal judge has put a hold on Governor Perry's war on Planned Parenthood, in part because he doesn't believe Texas will keep Perry's promise to make up for lost federal funding. Texas, of course, has banned Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving Women's Health Program funds, beginning tomorr ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Pro-Lifers To Walk From Houston To Dallas

    Thirty-nine pro-life women will walk, beginning tomorrow, from the Planned Parenthood building in Houston to the federal courthouse in Dallas, "where it all began." "All" meaning Roe v. Wade, which heralded America's descent into the Satan-worshipping, baby-killing, Muslim-led swamp that it is toda ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Rick Perry's War with Planned Parenthood Goes Too Far, Texans Say In Poll

    Rick Perry's plan to bar Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from the state's Women's Health Program may be red meat to the religious right stirred up over the current contraception wars, but it's not too popular with Texans, a new poll shows. Public Policy Polling's new survey shows 55 ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    In Midst of Komen Ruckus, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Has Rare Leadership Change

    Melaney Linton: New head of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast​Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is not only one of the largest regional centers in the U.S., but it has been remarkably stable in its leadership. Peter J. Durkin has led the organization for 27 often-tumultuous years. And now, in the mi ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Texas's Sonogram Law Gets New Lease on Life

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the temporary injunction on Texas's so-called sonogram law, clearing the way for abortion providers to enforce the new mandate. The law, championed by Senator Dan Patrick, requires a sonogram whenever a woman seeks an abortion. The law requires the wom ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Andre Johnson Doesn't Deny Knowing the Rogue Miami Booster

    Andre Nevin on the right, trouble for Da U​In what has the potential to be the most explosive college football scandal since Eric Dickerson was pumping bass out of the speakers of his shiny new gold Trans-Am in the late '70s, a rogue University of Miami booster who doubles as a convicted felon ... More >>

  • News

    June 23, 2011

    Too Much Pavement

    Houston's strip malls increase heat, pollution.

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    June 14, 2011

    The Abortion Debate Part 2: Five Pro-Choice Songs​Yesterday Rocks Off allowed five musicians to voice their opposition to legalized abortion in this country through song. Today, we allow rebuttal from the pro-choice camp in order to give everyone their say. As a note, a conversation between writer an editor brought up Ben Fol ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Fetuses In A Public Landfill: Not The Way It's Supposed To Happen

    Just no​We all know that the souls of aborted babies go to live with Jesus, but what of their earthly remains? Well, in Texas, they legally can't be disposed of in landfills -- which is exactly where the remains from two abortion clinics have been going, according to Texas Commission on Enviro ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    The Abortion Debate: Five Pro-Life Songs

    internets_dairy via Wikipedia‚ÄčIn this time of great economic stress, high gas prices, mounting debt, and other sober financial concerns gripping the nation, it is only natural that many legislative debates across the nation are focused on abortion. And when we say it's only natural, we mean that ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Sonogram Bill Signed: Three White Guys Sitting Around Talking

    Sid Miller knows best.​Texas, you may now consider yourself even more safe when it comes to women abortin' babies just `cause they feel like it. Governor Rick Perry, in a big ceremonial show, signed into law the bill that mandates women seeking abortions must undergo sonograms. His official ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Voters to Representatives: Get Out Of My Uterus And Do Your Job

    CFS? Yes. Reproductive rights? No.​On the day after the Texas Senate passed a bill requiring women to undergo mandatory transvaginal sonograms before getting an abortion, and on the same day the Lege passed a resolution celebrating Chicken Fried Steak Day (not kidding), the resounding call fro ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Planned Parenthood: Punched in the Uterus by Misguided Texas Senate

    More bad news for women who rely on Planned Parenthood.​A Texas Senate subcommittee wrangled the vulvas of Texas women into a chokehold yesterday with its latest assault on Planned Parenthood. Republican Senator Robert Deuell, who is a physician, introduced a bill to a three-member subcommitte ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Pro Life Group Uncovers Health Problems at Clinics

    ​Texas abortion clinics are plagued with health and administrative violations and have tons of gross medical waste, including fetal remains, in open trash bins outside their doors, according to the results of a three-month undercover study by Christian pro-life group Operation Rescue. The gro ... More >>

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