Latest from TxPEP: What is HB2?
TxPEP researchers have put together a fact sheet with information on HB2 - the law passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature in 2013 that includes four new restrictions on abortion care. To access the fact sheet and learn more about HB2, click here.
The Texas Policy Evaluation Project, or TxPEP, is a five-year comprehensive effort to document and analyze the impact of the measures affecting reproductive health passed by the 82nd and 83rd Texas Legislatures. The project team includes researchers at the University of Texas Population Research Center, Ibis Reproductive Health, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
A new TxPEP paper shows that cuts to the state family planning budget by the 2011 Texas State Legislature have left many Texas women without the highly effective birth control they desire after giving birth.
A new TxPEP paper shows a 13% decline in the abortion rate in Texas and a sharp reduction in medical abortion since House Bill 2 (HB2) went into effect in November 2013. The law includes provisions restricting medical abortion, banning most procedures after 20 weeks post-fertilization and requiring physicians to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Read our Fact Sheet with results about access to abortion services in Texas in the six months after HB2 went into effect.
TxPEP researcher Amanda Jean Stevenson examines the Twitter discussion regarding HB2 in summer 2013 and describes where discussion participants lived. A large fraction were Texans – coming from the majority of Texas counties – and the overwhelming majority were supportive of abortion rights.
Researchers with TxPEP published an article in the February issue of Contraception that discusses the effects that HB 2 will have on the health of Texas women, particularly low-income and young women who lack the resources to travel to clinics in a distant city or out of state, and the potential rise of abortion self-induction.