Texas Policy Evaluation Project

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.


Nation's Eyes on Texas for Abortion Access Trends

Thu, Aug 20, 2015

As abortion rights have moved into the spotlight amidst the Republican presidential debate and calls to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation's eyes turn to Texas in expectation of the next big Supreme Court case.


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.


Planned Parenthood Controversy Only Part of Family Planning Crisis

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.


Connection Drawn Between Planned Parenthood Funding Decrease and Abortion Increase

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)


Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Law One of the Most Extreme in Nation

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)


McAllen abortion clinic to stay open, exempt from strict laws

Tue, Jun 9, 2015

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)


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)


Twice As Many States Have Abortion Wait Times Than For Guns

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)


The Josh Duggar Scandal, Barriers to Birth Control Access in Texas

Mon, Jun 1, 2015

RH Reality Check interviews TxPEP's Joseph Potter about obstacles between women and birth control. (June 1, 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)


4 Ways Texas Treats Murderous Biker Gangs Better Than Women

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

Thu, May 21, 2015

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

Wed, 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

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 Repro Health Care Survey shows majority of women face barriers to access

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)


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

Wed, 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

Wed, 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

Tue, 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.


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.


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