Half of the abortion clinics in Texas closed last year and all but eight or less were summarily forced to shutter after a panel of judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that House Bill 2, the state law restricting (or as some like to claim "regulating") abortion clinics, could go into ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? He calls himself The Misf ... More >>
You might think something as simple as giving away condoms would not create a controversy. Then again, Congress convened a panel last year to discuss the birth control provision of President Obama's Affordable Care Act that included no women, but it did have members of the clergy. In this instance, ... More >>
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 >>
Texas claims three of the top spots.
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 >>
Feministing founder Jessica Valenti will have a lot to talk about Monday when she speaks at the annual Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Roe v. Wade Luncheon. There's the fortieth anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, plus the news this week that the Pentagon has removed the ban on women servi ... More >>
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 >>
More than 100 of our readers came out to last year's inaugural Wingtoberfest and enjoyed free wings plus beer samples from some of the city's best chicken wing purveyors. This year, Wingtoberfest is back with a bigger location and all-new competitors. Join us at Taps House of Beer next Tuesday, Oct ... More >>
A beloved Austin food truck goes corporate, and while much of the charm is lost, the breakfast tacos still deliver.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The ribbon's been a bit charred this week.New Coke, you have a new rival for corporate ineptness. In a statement on its Web site, the Texas-based Susan G. Komen breast-cancer organization has reversed its fiasco of a decision to cut off funds to Planned Parenthood. We want to apologize to t ... More >>
Melaney Linton: New head of Planned Parenthood Gulf CoastPlanned 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 >>
Pondicheri's second monthly charity breakfast is planned for tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Half of the proceeds from all sales will go to benefit Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, so dig in. The following Monday, January 16, Valentines for Soldiers will take over the Saint Arnold brewery from 6 to ... More >>
Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In re ... More >>
Sure to blow her skirt upToday is Respite from Labor Day, which means it's best spent lying on your back for a full 24 hours. Like seesawing or tie dancing, lazing is best executed with a partner. Partnerless? Never fear. Chicks at the barbecue will be powerless against your arsenal of time ... More >>
Birth control pills, for the low, low price of nothing.For hating on your babymaker so hard, the government sure is spending a lot of time down there. Just ask Planned Parenthood: there's a lot of womb-shaming here in Texas. But finally, finally, a governmental body may start meddling on beha ... More >>
One tiny, lonely crab cake. I call him "Sebastian."Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're still nursing bottle rocket burns and kebab skewer wounds from the 4th of July celebration on Monday. Did anyone else get really, really drunk and wind up donating half of y ... More >>
SlutWalk Houston is right around the corner, and we've decided to celebrate, (Hair) Balls out. In case you're not familiar with the march, SlutWalk was born of a Toronto police officer's comment that women should avoid "dressing like sluts" in order not to be raped. It's a chance to stop the cycle o ... More >>
Readers give props for calling Obama to task.
How many times have you wished you had your own drumset, so you could bust out a rim shot every time your buddy says something outrageously funny, like "Get-r-done!"? Well, one Houston man is trying to turn that dream into reality. Glen Jackson, a 48-year-old refinery worker, recently patented the ... More >>
It's World AIDS Day, and although you don't hear near as much about it these days, the disease is still very much with us. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, in 2006 - the most recent year for which statistics are available - Harris County had the state's most new ... More >>
The Supreme Court announced Wednesday it will uphold a law banning late-term abortions. It is clear that everyone has an opinion on the matter, especially women, because they have a right as well – to live. The law does not create an exception when the mother’s health is at risk.
What? Were you expecting something controversial? All the endless debating about the Iraq War wearing you down? How about gay marriage? Do you even care anymore? And when was the last time you heard someone say anything new about immigration? Sounds like you're suffering from Big Issue Fatigue ... More >>