Texas Policy Evaluation Project
New TxPEP Research Brief

At Least 100,000 Texas Women Have Attempted Abortion Self-Induction

Tue, Nov 17, 2015

TxPEP Research Highlights Potential Impact of Clinic Shutdown Laws on Women’s Health, Suggests Self-Induced Abortion More Common in Texas

Planned Parenthood's waiting room in Waco, Texas.

Healthy Texas Women Program Design Under Way

Thu, Nov 5, 2015

The Healthy Texas Women Program is being solidified by the Health and Human Services Commission, and public comment is invited.

Texas Capitol.

Family Planning Funds Shift, Physicians May Not Be Ready-New Research

Wed, Oct 28, 2015

Survey research has shown that most Texas family physicians (79%) were not aware of recent changes to the state family planning budget, and 65% had not heard of funding structures such as the Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP) that direct family planning funds to primary healthcare providers offering care to low-income Texas women.

New TxPEP Research Brief

Abortion Wait Time Increasing--New TxPEP Research

Mon, Oct 5, 2015

A TxPEP study has shown that as abortion wait time increases, second trimester abortion could double.

Grossman's Newsweek Op-Ed: 15 Years Later, Medical Abortion Still Hampered

Fri, Oct 2, 2015

TxPEP investigator Daniel Grossman has published an op-ed in Newsweek on the history and legal troubles of medical abortion.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Fact Check Addresses Defunding

Fri, Sep 18, 2015

The Planned Parenthood Fact Check addresses facts connected to the defunding issue.

Texas Capitol

New TxPEP Research: ASCs and Clinics Have Similar Safety Outcomes

Fri, Sep 11, 2015

A systematic review of 57 studies from the past 35 years on abortion safety shows that complications from first-trimester surgical abortion were similar whether the procedure was performed in an office setting or a hospital setting, indicating that neither hospital admitting privileges requirements nor ambulatory surgical center (ASC) requirements, such as those included in Texas’s House Bill 2 (HB2), would improve abortion safety.

Wendy Davis Op-Ed Cites TxPEP

Tue, Aug 25, 2015

Wendy Davis's op-ed in the Star-Telegram Cites TxPEP research on women's barriers to accessing reproductive health care.

Planned Parenthood supporters.

Potter Op-Ed Supports Continued Planned Parenthood Funding

Wed, Aug 12, 2015

A recent op-ed by TxPEP's Dr. Joseph Potter supports the continued funding of Planned Parenthood in the face of national scrutiny.

Chart from USA Today.

TxPEP Researcher Stevenson Quoted on Family Planning

Sat, Aug 1, 2015

In USA Today, TxPEP researcher Amanda Stevenson noted that since the 2011 family planning funding cuts, 82 health centers have closed, some of which were run by Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood protesters.

TxPEP Researcher Potter Draws Connection Between Planned Parenthood Funding Decrease and Unplanned Pregnancies

Sat, Aug 1, 2015

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.”

The TxPEP Fact Sheet "Ambulatory Surgical Center Laws and the Provision of First-Trimester Care" Updated July 6

Tue, Jul 7, 2015

The TxPEP Ambulatory Surgical Center Fact Sheet was updated July 6 to reflect the Supreme Court stay.

SCOTUS Rules Non-Ambulatory Surgical Centers May Remain Open

Mon, Jun 29, 2015

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled on June 29th that abortion facilities that do not meet the requirements for ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) may remain open while the case is under review.

Providing Highly Effective Contraception After Childbirth Can Reduce Unintended Pregnancy

Wed, Jun 24, 2015

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, TxPEP researchers 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. (June 24, 2015)

Grossman Discusses Texas ASC Law in Houston Press

Sun, Jun 21, 2015

The Houston Press discusses the TxPEP Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Fact Sheet in the context of TRAP laws, calling it the "most needlessly burdensome anti-choice legislation in the country." Daniel Grossman calls the Texas ASC law an "extreme outlier." (June 18, 2015)

TxPEP Publishes "Ambulatory Surgical Center Laws and the Provision of First-Trimester Abortion" Fact Sheet

Wed, Jun 17, 2015

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the portion of HB2 requiring that all facilities providing abortion care in Texas meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) may go into effect. One aspect that has received less attention is how extreme this law is compared to facility requirements for abortion services in other states. The Texas Policy Evaluation Project reviewed the laws and regulations of states to create the new Fact Sheet “Ambulatory Surgical Center Laws and the Provision of First-Trimester Abortion.” (June 17, 2015)

Texas Abortion Law Ruling: Latinas More Likely to Avoid Clinics and Self-Terminate

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

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, on 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)

Court Upholds Texas Law Criticized as Blocking Access to Abortions

Mon, Jun 8, 2015

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)

TxPEP Researcher Grossman Quoted in Abortion Wait Time Analysis

Mon, Jun 8, 2015

TxPEP's 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)

Waiting Periods and the Rising Price of Abortion

Wed, 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)

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

Thu, 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

Wed, 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

Wed, 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 Reproductive Health Care

Wed, 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)

TxPEP Fact Sheet on Abortion Access after HB2

Thu, 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

Thu, 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.