Texas lawmakers spent four-and-a-half hours “investigating” whether an entity that does not provide the legal service of fetal tissue donation has violated any laws while it doesn’t provide that legal service.
About 150 people attended the rally, held the day before a Texas senate committee is set to hear testimony concerning fetal tissue collection for medical research at Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates.
A group of Texas parents say the state has wrongfully denied their children birth certificates and therefore discriminated against those kids because of their parents’ immigration status.
The phrases being thrown around by conservative legislators and organizations aren’t medical terms. They’re intentionally deceptive bits of propaganda, and they create an anti-choice political frame for conversations about abortion care that are not rooted in sound science and medicine.
Texas Attorney General and noted violator of state securities law Ken Paxton announced Wednesday that his office has launched “an official investigation into Planned Parenthood” after the release of a heavily edited video showing the organization’s senior medical director talking about fetal tissue donations for research.
Through the first six months of 2015, states enacted 51 new abortion restrictions; this brings the number of restrictions enacted since 2010 to 282.
Whatever the Supreme Court decides about HB 2, we can all agree that Texas is the testing ground for new abortion laws in the United States. And we who live here aren’t proud of it.
On this episode of Reality Cast, Jacqueline Ayers of Planned Parenthood tells us about Congress’ sneaky attempts to kill family planning funding. And host Amanda Marcotte reviews conservative reactions to the Supreme Court rulings on health care and same-sex marriage.
The anti-choice argument for Texas’ omnibus law—that its regulations make the procedure safer—is an empirically false claim. Yet media outlets like NPR shy away from providing this basic fact when reporting on the court battles over this law.
Texas’ anti-choice lawmakers—almost all Republicans, joined by a few Democrats—have spent the last decade and a half or so chipping away abortion access in the state. Yet every session, we’re told to be thankful something more restrictive didn’t make it to the governor’s desk.