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Press Releases


Providing Highly Effective Contraception After Childbirth Can Reduce Unintended Pregnancy (6/24/2105)

Half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended. The majority of these pregnancies occur among women who already have children, and often happen within two years of women giving birth. In a study recently published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers at the TxPEP set out to find out how many women adopted highly effective methods, when they did so postpartum, how much this reduced risk of pregnancy within 18 months of delivery.

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2011 Texas Legislation Lead to Family Planning Clinic Closures, Reduced Services, and Uncertain Future (4/6/15)

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 recently published study, 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.

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Tweets Supporting Abortion Rights Came From All Over Texas (7/29/14)

According to a recent study by TxPEP researcher Amanda Jean Stevenson, Twitter users from Texas and beyond posted 1.66 million tweets about Texas Democratic Senator Wendy Davis’s filibuster of the restrictive abortion bill House Bill 2 (HB2).  Ninety-seven percent of the tweets were against the bill and nearly half of the tweets came from users living throughout Texas, representing 192 of its 254 counties.

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Study Finds Texas Women Are Not Receiving the Highly Effective Contraception They Desire (7/25/14)

A recently published paper from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project found that nearly 75% of Texas women surveyed want to use highly effective methods of contraception like the intrauterine device (IUD), contraceptive implant, or sterilization in the postpartum period.  However, six months after giving birth, only 27% were using these methods.

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Texas State Abortion Rate Decreases 13 Percent Since Implementation of Restrictive Law (7/23/14)

A new paper from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project demonstrates 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.  

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