Texas Policy Evaluation Project

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Study Finds At Least 100,000 Texas Women Have Attempted to Self-Induce Abortion


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

Today, the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) released first-of-its-kind research that finds at least 100,000 Texas women ages 18 to 49 (estimated to be 1.7% of Texas women of reproductive age) have ever attempted to end a pregnancy on their own without medical assistance. Other TxPEP research suggests self-induction may be more common in Texas compared to other states. This is the first time a statistic on self-induction in the general population has ever been calculated. Read the full release here.

Family Planning Funds Shift, Physicians May Not Be Ready


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. Provision of contraception among this sample of Texas family physicians varied, with very few offering the most effective methods for preventing unwanted pregnancies such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) or the contraceptive implant (18% and 11%, respectively). Provision of comprehensive contraception is likely a new role for many of these physicians who were previously able to refer patients to specialized family planning clinics such as Planned Parenthood that have either been cut off from state funds or closed due to funding restrictions. Read the full release here

Abortion Wait Times in Texas (10/5/2015)

The amount of time women have to wait before they can get an appointment at an abortion clinic in Texas has increased, according to research performed by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP). Wait times have gotten particularly long in Dallas and Ft. Worth after a large-volume clinic closed in June 2015, with women having to wait up to 20 days on average in these cities. There were 8 facilities providing abortion care in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area in April 2013; now there are only 4. Wait times have also been as long as 20 days at some clinics in Austin, while wait times have been stable and short in Houston and San Antonio. Read the full release here.

35 Years of Medical Research Shows Abortion Safety Will Not Improve with HB2 Requirements (9/10/2015)

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. In fact, complications overall from abortion were rare. 

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Providing Highly Effective Contraception After Childbirth Can Reduce Unintended Pregnancy (6/24/2015)

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, 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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