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Waiting Periods and the Rising Price of Abortion

Posted: May 27, 2015

The Atlantic reported on the impact waiting periods have had on the rising cost of abortions, and cited TxPEP findings. "Nearly half of the respondents said they faced additional expenses because of the 24-hour waiting period, and they spent an extra $146 on average." (May 26, 2015)

4 Ways Texas Treats Murderous Biker Gangs Better Than Women

Posted: May 21, 2015

From waiting periods to convenient access, Texas law makes it easy to buy a gun. Basic healthcare? Not so much

In the days following the motorcycle gang shooting in Waco, Salon compared the lack of a waiting period and limited restrictions gun purchases in Texas to the barriers accessing abortion care and family planning services. (May 20, 2015)

Mandatory Abortion ID Bill Advances in Texas Legislature

Posted: May 20, 2015

TxPEP Researcher Amanda Stevenson testified in a Texas senate committee against HB3994, which RH Reality Check says "places stringent restrictions on the process by which abused and abandoned teens can access abortion care." (May 19, 2015)

Here's What the 2015 Texas Legislature Has Had to Say About Abortion So Far

Posted: May 14, 2015

Excellent review by the Texas Monthly of the legislation related to abortion access proposed in 2015, including ID requirement, insurance coverage, and nonviable fetuses. (May 14, 2015)

Half of TX Women Face Barriers to Reproductive Health

Posted: May 13, 2015

The Texas Tribune reports "more than half of Texas women faced at least one barrier to accessing reproductive health care in the years after lawmakers dramatically altered the state’s family planning services, according to a new report by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project." (May 12, 2015)

New Survey: Texans Struggle to Pay for Reproductive Health Care

Posted: May 13, 2015

RH Reality Checks writes "More than half of Texans who were surveyed in a new university study said that they have faced at least one barrier to accessing cervical cancer screenings, family planning care, or other reproductive health services." (May 12)

Report: Half of Women Face Barriers to Repro Health Care Survey shows majority of women face barriers to access

Posted: May 13, 2015

The Austin Chronicle reports "A new survey by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) – a multiyear effort examining the impact of state budget slashes to family planning from 2011 to 2014 – shows that a majority (55%) of women face at least one barrier to reproductive health care access, including access to cervical cancer screenings, with cost being the leading barrier." (May 12)

The Family Planning Cuts That The Texas Legislature Forced Through Are Having Dire Consequences

Posted: May 13, 2015

Think Progress writes "In the summer of 2013, a high-profile battle over a proposed package of abortion restrictions in Texas sparked huge protests, dominated national headlines, and spurred Wendy Davis to make a play for the governor’s mansion. However, those harsh laws governing abortion access hardly represented the first attack on reproductive rights in the Lone Star State." (May 12)

Obamacare Is Great, But More Work Needs To Be Done to Secure Birth Control Access

Posted: May 13, 2015

RH Reality Check writes "During the fight over the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it was common to hear left-leaning critics grouse that the bill wasn’t strong or comprehensive enough. Defenders of the ACA, myself included, would generally respond to this by pointing out that it’s easier to build on legislation that’s already in place than to build a whole new system from scratch." (May 13)

Supreme Court Vacates Fifth Circuit Stay

Posted: Nov 4, 2014

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.

Tweets Supporting Abortion Rights Came From All Over Texas

Posted: Jul 29, 2014

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.

Study Finds Texas Women Are Not Receiving the Highly Effective Contraception They Desire

Posted: Jul 25, 2014

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.

Texas State Abortion Rate Decreases 13% Since Implementation of Restrictive Law

Posted: Jul 24, 2014

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.

TxPEP Fact Sheet on Abortion Access after HB2

Posted: Jul 17, 2014

Read our Fact Sheet with results about access to abortion services in Texas in the six months after HB2 went into effect.

Amanda Stevenson Publishes Op-Ed in the Houston Chronicle

Posted: Jun 26, 2014

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.

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