House Bill 2 (HB2) Fact Sheet: Updated Jan. 8
TxPEP researchers have revised a fact sheet with updated information on HB2 - the law passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature in 2013 that includes four new restrictions on abortion care. This version offers an update reflecting the opening of the Fifth Circuit hearing on January 7, 2015. To learn more about HB2, click 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.