Texas Policy Evaluation Project

TxPEP in the News

TxPEP Self-Induction Brief Covered Extensively by Local, State, and National Media

TxPEP research briefs "Knowledge, Opinion, and Experience Related to Abortion Self-Induction in Texas" and "Texas Women's Experiences Attempting Self-Induced Abortion in Texas" were covered widely in local, state, and national outlets. View selected coverage here:

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EBONY Quotes TxPEP Researcher Dan Grossman

In an article about SisterReach and an anti-abortion billboard campaign targeting African-Americans, EBONY quotes TxPEP co-investigator Daniel Grossman on the topic of abortion restrictions: “We found that poor women and those living more than 20 miles from a [Texas] clinic were significantly more likely to say it was difficult to get to these extra, unnecessary visits, and one-third of the women reported the waiting period had a negative effect on their emotional well-being.” (November 2, 2015)

Texas Observer Quotes Research from TxPEP Affiliated Researcher

The Texas Observer reports results from survey research by TxPEP affiliated researcher Bhavik Kumar in an article on the upcoming Healthy Texas Women Program. The article details the level of physician knowledge about government health care programs, "According to a survey released by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project just hours after the meeting wrapped, 65 percent of family physicians either don’t know what [Texas Women's Health Program] is, or don’t participate."(October 28, 2015)

TribTalk Columnist Cites TxPEP Abortion Wait Times Research

TribTalk features Whole Woman's Health Director of Clinical Services Marva Sadler on abortion clinic closures. Sadler writes, "A recent study from researchers at the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) at the University of Texas confirms what we have seen in our clinics: This law, House Bill 2, is having real and devastating effects across the state, forcing women to wait as long as 20 days for an appointment." She concludes, "Access delayed is access denied... Texas women, and all women, deserve better." (October 21, 2015)

Slate Cites TxPEP Research and Interviews Dr. Joseph Potter

In an article on the recent proposed restrictions on Planned Parenthood from accepting Medicaid, Slate quotes TxPEP lead investigator Dr. Joseph Potter and cites the published article, "The Impact of Reproductive Health Legislation on Family Planning Clinic Services in Texas." Quoting Dr. Potter, the article states, “It’s not going to be a big blow to Planned Parenthood. They’ve already had their big blows.” (October 19, 2015)

TxPEP Abortion Wait Times Research Brief Receives Major Media Coverage

The recent TxPEP research brief “Abortion Wait Times in Texas” was covered extensively by state and national media. View coverage here:

Newsweek Publishes Op-Ed by TxPEP's Daniel Grossman

TxPEP investigator Daniel Grossman has published an op-ed in Newsweek on the history and legal trouble of medical abortion. Medical abortion, a method often preferred by women, has been severely restricted in Texas. Grossman writes, "Three states, including Texas, have passed laws that require facilities providing medication abortion to meet all of the requirements of ambulatory surgical centers, or mini-hospitals. That means that women must essentially be in an operating room to swallow a pill. It is obvious that the only purpose of this legislation is to restrict access to abortion." (September 28, 2015)

Dr. Joseph Potter Interviewed on Planned Parenthood Issue

Everything Lubbock features quotes from TxPEP's Dr. Joseph Potter on the issue of Planned Parenthood. With regards to potentially defunding Planned Parenthood, Potter says, “Women are going to have a harder time accessing contraception.” (September 24, 2015) Video of the interview is available on the affiliate site Big Country.

TxPEP's Daniel Grossman Interviewed for Buzzfeed

A recent Buzzfeed article on medical abortion quotes TxPEP investigator Daniel Grossman and cites TxPEP research in Contraception. In discussing increased restrictions of the "abortion pill," Grossman says, “All of this is really tied to anti-abortion feelings, and the potential of this drug [to make] abortion more accessible.” (September 17, 2015)

Planned Parenthood Fact Check Extensively Cites TxPEP Research

The Planned Parenthood Fact Check addresses facts connected to the defunding issue.The primary claim tackled is the idea that other providers could absorb Planned Parenthood clients if Planned Parenthood sites were forced to close. The Fact Check focuses on Texas in particular, citing TxPEP research on family planning clinics. TxPEP principal investigator Dr. Joseph Potter's op-ed on Planned Parenthood is also featured. (September 16, 2015) 

TxPEP Researcher Quoted in NBC Latino News

NBC Latino News quotes TxPEP researcher Kari White to shed light on clinic closures and the Planned Parenthood defunding issue. The article also cites TxPEP research: "A recent study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP), found that 25 percent of publicly funded family planning clinics in Texas closed in 2011-2013. Those that remained open served 54 percent of the clients that they had in the previous period." (September 11, 2015)

RH Reality Check's Youth Voices References TxPEP Study

An RH Reality Check Youth Voices feature on family planning quotes TxPEP research: "Fifteen percent of women interviewed in a study conducted by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project said that 'there are simply no reproductive health services in their communities,' and 38 percent said that they cannot afford the care." (September 3, 2015)

Nuestro Texas Report Features TxPEP Research

A new report from Nuestro Texas cites TxPEP as human rights experts as part of its human rights campaign. (September, 2015)

Wendy Davis Cites TxPEP Research 

Wendy Davis's op-ed in the Star-Telegram cites TxPEP research on women's barriers to accessing reproductive health care. In the op-ed, Davis supports the continued funding of Planned Parenthood. She quotes TxPEP, writing that that 55 percent of Texas women now report at least one barrier to accessing reproductive healthcare. In her opinion, these barriers lead to more Medicaid births: "So not only do Texas women pay the price, Texas taxpayers pay up as well." (August 25, 2015)

Texas Observer Quotes TxPEP Investigator

Texas Observer article cites TxPEP research stating that abortions performed in surgical centers are no safer than those performed in outpatient clinics. “All of the research highlights that abortion as currently provided in the first trimester in outpatient clinics is exceedingly safe,” [TxPEP researcher Daniel] Grossman said. “For a medical abortion, a woman just has to be handed a tablet. There is no reason to be in a building that’s set up for major surgery.” (August 19, 2015)

New York Times Interviews TxPEP's Dan Grossman

The New York Times article "How Texas Could Set National Template for Limiting Abortion Access" discusses the impact of House Bill 2 and the projected impact of potential clinic closures. Dan Grossman, TxPEP researcher and the vice president for research at Ibis Reproductive Health, states that, unlike other medical procedures, abortion “is the only procedure that’s being singled out in terms of all these requirements.” In the case of abortion, legislators are "trying to shut down their facilities, a fundamental difference." (August 19, 2015)

Kaiser Health News Cites TxPEP Data

In an article exploring the implications of defunding Planned Parenthood, Kaiser Health News cites TxPEP data on clinic closures in Texas. (August 13, 2015) 

Dr. Joseph Potter Op-Ed Featured in All Major Texas Newspapers

A recent op-ed on the defunding of Planned Parenthood by TxPEP lead investigator Dr. Joseph Potter was recently featured in all major Texas newspapers. In this article, Dr. Potter cites TxPEP research to argue that community clinics could not fill the gap in women's health services caused by closing Planned Parenthood. Dr. Potter writes, "Going forward, if Congress were to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding, many of the challenges that Texas is currently facing would now be on a much grander national scale." This article can be seen in the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express News, the Austin-American Statesman, and the McAllen Monitor. (August 12, 2015)

TxPEP Research Featured in Report by Nuestro Texas

The Nuestro Texas human rights campaign has featured TxPEP's research in its report, "An Analysis of the 84th Texas Legislative Session." (August, 2015)

NBC Quotes TxPEP American Journal of Public Health Article

The NBC article "Senate Votes Down Plans to Strip Planned Parenthood Funds" quotes the TxPEP article "The Impact of Reproductive Health Legislation on Family Planning Services in Texas" from the American Journal of Public Health to argue that "diverting federal funds to other clinics will leave [thousands of women] without any source of medical attention." (August 3, 2015)

TxPEP Research Brief Cited in Refinery 29

A Refinery 29 article on the Planned Parenthood video controversy cites a TxPEP research brief to argue that Planned Parenthood cuts would hurt vulnerable populations in Texas. The article summarizes the barriers to wellness care identified in the brief: "Women reported that they could not afford services or to travel to care facilities; or secure a provider they felt comfortable with; or find a clinic that accepted their insurance; or locate a clinic within their own communities." (August 3, 2015)

Dr. Joe Potter Interviewed by The Hill

TxPEP lead investigator Dr. Joe Potter was interviewed by The Hill to consider whether community health centers could fill the gap in services if funding to Planned Parenthood is cut. Referring to the defunding in Texas, Potter says, “If there’s a lesson, it’s you can't just pull the plug on something and expect to recreate it seamlessly.” (August 1, 2015)

Washington Post Quotes TxPEP Researcher in Planned Parenthood Article

The article "Defunding Planned Parenthood would actually increase abortions" in The Washington Post quotes TxPEP Principal Investigator Joseph Potter: “You’re removing contraception with this [defunding], and if you remove contraception, you get unintended pregnancies, which means more abortion.” (July 31, 2015)

TxPEP Researcher Quoted in USA Today Article on Family Planning Funding

Amanda Stevenson was quoted in the USA Today article "Family planning funding in crisis before Planned Parenthood controversy." Stevenson noted that since the 2011 family planning funding cuts, 82 health centers have closed, some of which were run by Planned Parenthood. Although some of the family planning budget has been restored since then, "many health centers have remained closed." (July 31, 2015)

TxPEP Clinic Closure Data Cited in Politico Article

A Politico article investigating Planned Parenthood's relationship to the GOP features TxPEP data on clinic closures in Texas. (July 24, 2015) 

VICE Magazine Cites TxPEP Article from the Journal Contraception

A VICE Magazine article discussing abortion policy in Texas quotes the TxPEP article "Changes in Abortion Services After Implementation of a Restrictive Law in Texas" in Contraception. (July 3, 2015) 

RH Reality Check Features Editorial by TxPEP's Daniel Grossman

TxPEP researcher Daniel Grossman's editorial "How Do You Make a Safe Abortion Any Safer?" was featured in RH Reality Check. Grossman includes points such as 2013 being the fifth year in a row without an abortion-related death in Texas. Furthermore, "An analysis of national data found that the risk of death associated with childbirth was 14 times higher than the risk associated with abortion." Grossman also points out that abortion is safer than plastic surgery and dental procedures requiring anesthesia. (June 30, 2015)

Houston Press Cites TxPEP Ambulatory Surgical Center Fact Sheet and Quotes TxPEP Researcher 

Houston Press discusses the TxPEP Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Fact Sheet in the context of TRAP laws. Daniel Grossman calls the Texas ASC law an "extreme outlier." (June 18, 2015)

Guardian Article Quotes TxPEP Researcher on Potential for Self-Induced Abortions after HB2 Ruling

The Guardian reports that "low-income and ‘landlocked’ undocumented women may have difficulty accessing care in the state, stoking fears that self-induced abortions will increase. Daniel Grossman, an obstetrician and TxPEP co-investigator, said his team has found that fewer Latinas and fewer low-income women are seeking care at Texas abortion clinics." (June 10, 2015) 

NYT Uses TxPEP Data for Map Illustrating Reduced Access to Abortion Care

The New York Times reports that "A federal appellate court upheld some of the toughest provisions of a Texas abortion law on Tuesday, putting 13 of the state’s abortion clinics at risk of permanently shutting their doors, which would leave the nation’s second-most populous state with eight abortion providers." They use a map of the remaining clinics based on TxPEP data. (June 9, 2015)

The McAllen Monitor Reports Local Clinic Will Remain Open, Notes TxPEP's Findings That Latinas Face Most Barriers Accessing Contraception

The McAllen Monitor reports that "In a blow to abortion rights advocates, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday to uphold key parts of the state’s restrictive abortion law, but carved out an exception for women in the Rio Grande Valley." They note TxPEP's findings that Latino women face the the most barriers to accessing their contraceptive of choice. (June 9, 2015)

TxPEP Reasearcher Discusses Impact of Mandated Abortion Wait Periods

Dan Grossman notes the impact wait periods for abortion have on women in a Vocativ analysis of state-mandated abortion and gun purchase wait times. (June 8, 2015)

TxPEP Researcher Interviewed on Barriers to Birth Control

RH Reality Check interviews Dr. Joseph Potter about obstacles between women and birth control. (June 1, 2015)

Report on Costs of Waiting Period Requirements Cites TxPEP Findings

The Atlantic reported on the impact waiting periods have had on the rising cost of abortions, citing TxPEP findings (May 26, 2015)

TxPEP Findings on Barriers to Accessing Abortion Services Compared to Ease Accessing Firearms

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)

TxPEP Researcher Testifies Against Bill Restricting Teens' Access to Abortion

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)

TxPEP Finds Half of Texas Women Face Barriers to Accessing Family Planning

The new research brief "Barriers to Family Planning Access in Texas" highlights women’s experiences accessing reproductive health care, as well as satisfaction with their current contraceptive method following major changes in funding and coverage of family planning services occurring in Texas between 2011 and 2014. The Texas Tribune, Texas Public Radio, RH Reality Check, Austin Chronicle, Huffington Post, Austin-American Statesman, and the Health Affairs Blog reported on it. (May 12, 2015)

TxPEP Researcher Details When in a Pregnancy Physical Malformations are Detected

Dr. Daniel Grossman provides information about testing for physical malformation, genetic and chromosomal abnormalities with reference to the 20-week ban proposed by Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) in a Dallas Morning News story. (May 3, 2015)

TxPEP Researcher Testifies Against House Bill Tightening Restrictions on Judicial Bypass for Minors

The Texas Tribune​ reports on #HB3994, a bill under consideration by the House State Affairs Committee which would change requriements for teens seeking to obtain permission for an abortion without parental consent. TxPEP researcher Amanda Stevenson testified against the bill. (April 23, 2015)

Report Highlights State Funding for CPCs While Family Planning Slashed

The Austin Chronicle reports on TxPEP findings that family planning organizations served 54% fewer clients in 2012-13 than they had in 2011, while the state has given millions to crisis pregnancy centers. (April 17, 2015)

TxPEP Researcher Speaks to House State Affairs Committee

The Texas Observer reports that Amanda Stevenson provided testimony to the House State Affairs Committee on the difficulties HB 3130 would impose on Texas women seeking abortion care if they purchased insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange. (April 9, 2015)

Report on Texas Women's Health Program Uses TxPEP Findings

The Texas Monthly assessed the new Texas Women's Health Program's effectiveness, and Amanda Stevenson spoke with them about how it's working in the Rio Grande Valley. (April 7, 2015)

TxPEP Research on Expanded Primary Health Care Program Featured in Report

The Texas Observer reports that the House plans to debate women's health funding, and includes TxPEP's findings on the effectiveness of the Expanded Primary Health Care Program. (March 30, 2015)

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. (July 13, 2014)

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. (July 2014)

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. (July 18, 2014)

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. (June 27, 2014)

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. (April 25, 2014)

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."  (March 6, 2014)

"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. (January 29, 2014)

Rise in Abortion Self-Induction Under HB2

TxPEP 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 HB2. 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 HB2

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. (January 8, 2014)

Dramatic Drop in Abortion Access Under HB2 

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. (January 3, 2014)

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. (December 13, 2013)

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. (November 19, 2013)

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 TxPEP 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 HB2 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 HB2

On Monday, key provisions of HB2, 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.

HB2 Court Proceedings Conclude

Several groups, including Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, have been challenging the Texas anti-abortion statute HB2 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. 

TxPEP 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 TxPEP researcher 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 TxPEP Co-Investigator and Vice President for Research, Ibis Reproductive Health,  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, Daniel Grossman. The article also cites TxPEP 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 TxPEP 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 

TxPEP 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

TxPEP 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 TxPEP 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 Quotes TxPEP Researcher

Entitled, Researcher Sees 'Perfect Storm' for Family Planning in RGV, the article quotes TxPEP 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 Quotes Daniel Grossman

The New York Times piece entitled, In Mexican Pill, a Texas Option for an Abortion features quotes by TxPEP 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 TxPEP 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 TxPEP Co-Investigator and Vice President for Research, Ibis Reproductive Health, 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 Cites TxPEP Research

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. 

TxPEP Research Mentioned in 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. TxPEP research is mentioned.    

Austin American-Statesman Editorial

The Austin American-Statesman recently published an editorial written by TxPEP 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 here: Women's Health Policy Report

TxPEP Family Planning Data Finder

TxPEP 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. TxPEP 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 here: Texas Tribune

Representative Farrar's Press Conference

TxPEP 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 TxPEP 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. See article here: Jumping the Shark on Women's Health.

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 TxPEP in a video story by Thanh Tan. "Measuring the Effects of Texas Family Planning Cuts" includes interviews with TxPEP'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.