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TxPEP Researcher Discusses Self Induced Abortions with RH Reality Check​

TxPEP's Dan Grossman spoke with RH Reality Check​ about the use of Mexican Misoprostol to self induce abortions in Texas. (March 19, 2015)

Chart and News Article Features TxPEP Data

Bloomberg Businessweek features TxPEP research on abortion decline in its recent article, "To Get a Texas Abortion, Go to New Mexico." TxPEP data was used in both the analysis and a chart on clinic closures.  (January 08, 2015)

TxPEP Staff Member Reports on HB2 Impact

Sarah Baum, a TxPEP project manager, spoke to a Texas Health and Human Services panel, explaining the impact of HB2. Her comments, which include statistics on the percentage of Texas women who think abortion is illegal and predictions about more clinic closures if ASC requirements are permanently enforced, were published in an Austin Monitor article. (December 8, 2014)

Research From TxPEP Informs Articles on the Reopening of Clinics

TxPEP research has been featured in news articles on the October 15, 2014 reopening of abortion clinics in Texas. 

TxPEP Featured in News Stories on the Enforcement of the ASC Provision of HB2

Research from TxPEP and interviews from TxPEP researchers have been featured in recent news articles about the October 3, 2014 enforcement of the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) provision of House Bill 2 (HB2). 

TxPEP Study on Unmet Need for Highly-Effective Contraception Covered in Texas Tribune

TxPEP research on long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is featured in a Texas Tribune article. Remarks from TxPEP investigator Kristine Hopkins are included. 

TxPEP Research on Abortion Decline Featured in Major News Outlets

News outlets throughout Texas and the nation have used TxPEP research on the 13 percent decline in the state abortion rate in recent articles. TxPEP investigator Daniel Grossman is heavily quoted in the coverage. A select number can be found below.   

Austin Chronicle Quotes TxPEP Investigator in Article on HB2 Impact

Remarks by TxPEP investigator Daniel Grossman on the effects of the closures of clinics caused by HB2 were included in a recent Austin Chronicle article. The article, which discusses the overall impact of the restrictive legislation, can be found here 

TxPEP Study Cited in Atlantic Story on the Rise of DIY Abortion in Texas

TxPEP research that predicted the impact that HB2 restrictions would have on women seeking abortion was cited in a recent Atlantic article. Erica Hellerstein writes about the increased availability and use of the pill misoprostol in Texas, particularly the Rio Grande Valley. 

TxPEP Investigators Quoted in Bloomberg Health Care Policy Report

Joseph Potter and Daniel Grossman were interviewed about the effect of HB 2 on clinic closures for Bloomberg BNA's Health Care Policy Report.  Their comments appeared in the Special Report on Texas section of the overall report, beginning on page 28.  The entire report can be found here for Bloomberg BNA subscribers.  

TxPEP Research Cited in Al Jazeera Article About Future of Abortion in Texas

Ahead of a special documentary on Texas reproductive health, Al Jazeera America talks to abortion providers and TxPEP about the situation on the ground for an article in their Fault Lines section.

TxPEP Investigators Appear on TV in Austin

TxPEP investigators Dan Grossman and Joe Potter share research findings and discuss the potential impacts of the ASC requirement of HB2 on Capital Tonight.

Whole Woman's Health Closes Last Remaining Reproductive Health Clinic in Rio Grande Valley

Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of Whole Woman's Health and TXPEP consultant, announced on the Rachel Maddow show March 5 that she would be closing her family planning clinics in McAllen in Beaumont.  The closure of the McAllen clinic means that there are no longer any reproductive health clinics or abortion providers in the Rio Grande Valley.  The segment can be found on Rachel Maddow's website under the title, "Texas Law Shuts Clinics Without Helping Women."  The American Prospect also covers the closure and specifically mentions TXPEP research in the article, "The Last Rural Abortion Clinics in Texas Just Shut Down." 

"Pro-Abortion" Article in the Daily Texan

Dr. Kristine Hopkins, an Investigator on the project, recently wrote to the Daily Texan to protest their use of the term "pro-abortion" in a front-page article published on January 27.  Her response was published along with several others in the Firing Lines section of the paper.

Self-Induction in the Rio Grande Valley

A vivid case study of an doctor who has provided abortions for years in the Rio Grande Valley was published today in the New Republic.  Now that Dr. Lester Minto has been refused admitting privileges, he can no longer provide abortions.  Instead, he has helped women complete self-induced pill abortions as safely as possible for the last few months.  He is finally closing his clinic, leaving women in the Valley with even fewer reproductive health resources.

Rise in Abortion Self-Induction Under HB 2

TX-PEP research on self-induction was cited in a recent RH Reality Check article about abortion access in the Rio Grande Valley.  According to Principal Investigator Joseph Potter, self-induction rates were higher than the national average in Texas even before HB 2.  There is increasing evidence that self-induction is becoming more common as women have to travel further to obtain a legal abortion.

Fifth Circuit Hears Oral Arguments Over HB 2

On January 8, a three judge panel from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments over the admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center provisions of HB 2.  The New York Times reported on the hearing and the general state of abortion access in Texas.  

Dramatic Drop in Abortion Access Under HB 2 

The New York Times is reporting that one-third of the state's abortion clinics have closed as a result of the admitting privileges requirement of HB2. Other states that have enacted similar restrictive measures are also seeing abortion access fall dramatically.  

Claims Drop Under State-Run Women's Health Progam

A Texas Tribune article reports that with the exclusion of roughly 40 Planned Parenthood clinics from the Women's Health Program in 2013, none of which performed abortions, claims for birth control and wellness exams dropped, as did enrollment numbers. 

Texas Family Planning Costs More While Serving Fewer Women.

The Austin Chronicle reports that for for the second year in a row, the number of women served by Texas' family planning budget dropped dramatically, while costing the state significantly more money per patient.  TXPEP research was cited in this article.  

Texas Diverts Family Planning Funds into Crisis Pregnancy Centers

TXPEP research was cited in an Austin Chronicle article about the diversion of family planning funds to crisis pregnancy centers in the state.

Latina Women in Texas Struggle to Access Reproductive Health Care

The Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health used TX-PEP results in a report on the obstacles facing Latina women who attempt to access reproductive health care in Texas.  Media coverage on the report can be found below.

Plaintiffs in Texas Abortion Case Appeal to Supreme Court to Reinstate Injunction

The HB 2 injunction issued by District Court Judge Lee Yeakel was lifted on appeal in the 5th Circuit, and oral argument in the case is scheduled for January.  Texas abortion providers and advocacy groups have asked Scalia, who is in charge of Texas' judicial district, to reinstate the injunction.  Media coverage of the process can be found below.

District Court Ruling Limits Key Provisions of HB 2

On Monday, key provisions of HB 2, including the admitting privileges requirement and the prohibition on drug-induced abortions, were ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel.  The law had been challenged in court by various groups, including Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.  TXPEP principal investigator Dr. Joseph Potter testified on behalf of the plaintiffs in the proceedings.  Coverage of the ruling can be found below.

HB 2 Court Proceedings Conclude

Several groups, including Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, have been challenging the Texas anti-abortion statute HB 2 in court this week.  Proceedings have concluded and a ruling is expected to be issued on Monday.  TXPEP principal investigator Dr. Joseph Potter testified on behalf of the plaintiffs by presenting TXPEP data to the courts. 

Tx-PEP Researcher quoted in The Texas Tribune/NYT article

The Texas Tribune article, syndicated to the New York Times, entitled, In State Records, Little Evidence to Back Abortion Law, quotes Tx-PEP researcher Dr Daniel Grossman on how Texas women are affected by the abortion regulations passed by the 2013 State Legislature.  

Tx-PEP Researchers mentioned in The Texas Tribune

The news feature entitled, Texas Prepares to Enact Strict Abortion Rules, discusses the debate around the impact of the new abortion laws passed by the State Legislature as the state health department gets ready to implement them. The article mentions Tx-PEP researchers Dr Joseph E. Potter and Dr Kristine Hopkins, and cites their testimonies based on Tx-PEP research.  

The Morning Edition on NPR

The Morning Edition on NPR News interviewed Tx-PEP Co-Investigator and Vice President for Research, Ibis Reproductive Health, Dr Daniel Grossman for the news feature entitled, State Laws Limiting Abortion May Face Challenges on 20-Week Limit. The article discusses that Texas became the 12th state to ban abortions after 20 weeks. However, how these states define the starting point of a pregnancy to enforce the abortion ban may affect whether these laws can be considered constitutional.

Front Page Headline in the Standard-Times

The news article entitled, Some Expect Unsafe Abortions, featured quotes by Tx-PEP Co-Investigator and Vice President for Research, Ibis Reproductive Health, Dr Daniel Grossman. The article also cites Tx-PEP research and discusses how the newly passed abortion law does not change the need to get abortions and may force women to self-induce a miscarriage. 

TxPEP data used in Salon

The article entitled, New Texas Abortion Law Punishes the Poor includes a graphic that used Tx-PEP data to show the closure of family planning clinics as a result of the budget cuts passed by the state government in 2011. 

TxPEP Researcher quoted on The CBS 11 News 

Tx-PEP researcher Amanda Stevenson was interviewed for the television news feature and online article entitled, Abortion Debate Leads to Women's Health Funding Questions. The article discusses that legislators are now debating whether this law is constitutional and if the state had been spending enough money to prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions.   

The Rachel Maddow Show on NBC

Tx-PEP researcher Amanda Stevenson's quotes in the article published in the Monitor Newspaper was featured in The Rachel Maddow Show on NBC. The anchor talked about the abortion restrictions being passed in Texas and other states in the country. 

TxPEP Policy Impact brief cited in The Texas Tribune

The article entitled, Texas Senators Reopen Debate on Abortion Regulations, cites the policy impact brief released by Tx-PEP that explains how the passage of HB2/SB1 bill would impact five smaller metropolitan areas in Texas where the current provider would not meet the new ASC requirements. The article revolves around the public hearings and legislative discussions of the abortion regulations.

Article in The Monitor Newspaper

Entitled, Researcher Sees 'Perfect Storm' for Family Planning in RGV, the article quotes Tx-PEP researcher Amanda Stevenson. The article discusses how the passage of the HB2/SB1 law could increase the number of unintended and unwanted pregnancies in the Rio Grande Valley. 

News Feature in the New York Times

The New York Times piece entitled, In Mexican Pill, a Texas Option for an Abortion features quotes by Tx-PEP Co-Investigator and Vice President for Research, Ibis Reproductive Health, Dr Daniel Grossman. The article discusses how more women in Texas may be inclined to buy medication to end pregnancies from flea markets in the state and induce miscarriages on their own following the passage of the omnibus abortion bill.   

Article in The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

An article in The Spokesman-Review Newspaper entitled, Activists Show Feminism Alive, features Tx-PEP researcher Amanda Stevenson and her efforts at increasing awareness about TxPEP research among state legislators. The article mentions results from the impact brief released by the team that discusses the effects of the closure of 37 abortion clinics on women in the affected regions.

Feature in Bloomberg Newswire

The news feature entitled, Texas Threat to Abortion Clinics Dodged at Flea Markets, explores how stringent abortion laws in Texas have led to poor women buying medication to end pregnancies from flea markets and inducing a miscarriage on their own. The feature discusses how the illegal sale of these pills is harmful to the women as well as the pharmaceutical manufacturers. It cites Tx-PEP research on how women and clinics have already been affected by state budget cuts to family planning.    

Austin American-Statesman Editorial

The Austin American-Statesman published an editorial by Tx-PEP Co-Investigator and Vice President for Research, Ibis Reproductive Health, Dr Daniel Grossman, entitled Restrictions Won't Reduce Abortion Demand. The editorial discusses the impact of existing regulations on abortion care for Texas women and cites data collected by the research team on the effects of House Bill 15, also referred to as the "sonogram law," that was passed by Texas Legislature in 2011. 

The Texas Tribune Panel: State of Women's Health

At the Tribune's April 25 symposium on women's health care at the University of Texas at Austin, Emily Ramshaw talked about the state of women's health in Texas with state Reps. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, and Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola; Amy Hagstrom Miller of Whole Woman's Health; and Joe Potter of the University of Texas at Austin's Population Research Center.

Texas Observer Article

The Texas Observer recently published an article entitled, Need an Abortion in Texas?  Don't be Poor.   The article says that recently legislative actions in Texas have made abortion an option that is increasingly out of reach for low-income women.  Project research is cited in the article. 

New York Times Article

An article appeared in the New York Times on May 4 entitled, Texas Lawmakers Set to Restore Women's Health Budgets.   The article discusses the possibility of the legislature reinstating a significant amount of the family planning funding that was cut in the 2011 legislative session.  TX-PEP research is mentioned in the eighth paragraph.    

Austin American-Statesman Editorial

The Austin American-Statesman recently published an editorial written by TX-PEP Principal Investigator Joe Potter entitled Legislators should seize opportunity to restore family planning budget cuts.  The editorial discusses the data acquired by the research team on the effects of the 2011 family planning funding reduction.  Media coverage of its conclusions can be found below.

TxPEP Family Planning Data Finder

Tx-PEP recently released its own app, the TxPEP Family Planning Data Finder, showcasing its findings on the effects of the recent cuts in family planning funding.  App users can see data on family planning services for each legislative district in Texas, allowing them to track how those services have changed as a result of the reduction in funding.  Press coverage of the app can be found below.

SB 537

A regulation change included in the recently proposed Texas Senate Bill 537 would require all abortions in Texas to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers.  This could cause 37 of Texas's 42 abortion facilities to close if the law is adopted.  TX-PEP Consultant Amy Hagstrom Miller and Graduate Student Researcher Amanda Stevenson are quoted in the following articles about the bill.


Principal Investigator Dr. Joe Potter offered expert testimony at the Texas legislature on March 13 on bills related to family planning.  Media coverage of the event can be found below.

Representative Farrar's Press Conference

TX-PEP researchers Joe Potter and Daniel Grossman spoke at a press conference held by State Representative Jessica Farrar on March 6.  The press conference introduced a bill Representative Farrar plans to file shortly which would repeal HB 15, the Texas law that requires women to undergo a 24-hour waiting period after they receive a sonogram before an abortion can be performed.  Dr. Potter and Dr. Grossman cited TX-PEP results indicating that while 90% of women surveyed said that the waiting period did not make a difference in their decision about abortion, many of them did say it imposed additional financial and logistical burdens.  Links to various stories on the event are below.

Project Research is Cited to Explain the Effects of Recent Family Planning Cuts

Project research is being used to attempt to quantify the effects of recent cuts to the family planning budget in the state of Texas.  These cuts have affected the operating capacity of various clinics providing family planning services. 

Planned Parenthood Injunction Granted 

Joseph Potter testified for Planned Parenthood in a hearing on November 8 in U.S. District Court as an expert witness.  At the hearing, Planned Parenthood was granted an injunction which will prevent the state of Texas from removing them from the Women’s Health Program under the recently passed “affiliate ban rule” until their suit against the state of Texas is settled.  

Media reports on the hearing can be found below:

Media Reaction to “Cutting Family Planning in Texas"

In "Cutting Family Planning in Texas," TxPEP investigators Kari White, Daniel Grossman, Kristine Hopkins, and Joseph E. Potter discuss the mechanisms through which massive family planning budget cuts are affecting reproductive health in Texas. They conclude that the new laws have resulted in clinic closures and reduced clinic hours, the charging of fees for previously free family planning services, and a reduction in availability of more expensive and effective methods of contraception.

The article was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on September 26.  State and local news outlets released reports coinciding with the publication of the article, and since then it has gained national attention.  Several media sources and community organizations have written about or promoted the article on their own websites; links below.

The Texas Policy Evaluation Project researchers are featured in the following news stories:

The Texas Tribune featured Tx-PEP in a video story by Thanh Tan.  "Measuring the Effects of Texas Family Planning Cuts" includes interviews with Tx-PEP's principal investigator Joseph Potter and PRC Trainee Amanda Stevenson.  Images of most of the rest of the Tx-PEP team, including Kristine Hopkins, Celia Hubert, Abbie Aiken, and Kari White, are also in the video.

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