New Findings: 2011 Texas Legislation Lead to Family Planning Clinic Closures, Reduced Services, and Uncertain Future
Legislation enacted in 2011 by the Texas legislature left large gaps in the reproductive health care safety net for low-income Texas women by cutting funds for family planning and restricting which providers could deliver services.
In a study recently published online in the American Journal of Public Health, TxPEP researchers found that 25% of publicly funded family planning clinics in Texas closed in 2011-2013, and the ones that remained opened served 54% of the clients that they had in the previous period. Planned Parenthood affiliates and other specialized family planning providers, which were the targets of the legislation, experienced the largest reductions in services, but other agencies were also adversely affected. Read more here.
New Research Brief: Family Planning and Primary Health Care Programs in Texas
The TxPEP team has produced a new Research Brief on the Family Planning and Primary Health Care Programs in Texas, including evaluations collected from executive directors and program administrators at 31 organizations between November 2014 and January 2015. Download it here.
The U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Fifth Circuit's stay on the House Bill 2 (HB2) ambulatory surgical center and hospital admitting privileges requirements, effective October 15th, 2014. This ruling, which came out on the evening of October 14th, has allowed the abortion clinics in Texas closed by the Fifth Circuit ruling to reopen. Our HB2 fact sheet has been updated to reflect the developments.
A new publication from Amanda Jean Stevenson of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project shows that during the Wendy Davis filibuster of the bill HB2, tweets came from all over Texas, not just major urban centers, and around 97% of tweets on the topic supported reproductive rights.
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.