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Texas State Health Services Enacts Intrusive Abortion Reporting Requirements Despite Widespread Public Opposition

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Documents released to RH Reality Check show that the Texas Department of State Health Services ignored the input of hundreds of Texans asking it to reconsider or revise new abortion reporting requirements, and instead bent to the will of one anti-choice lawmaker and a handful of his colleagues.

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Texas Dept. of Health Goes Big Brother: Extrajudicial and Invasive Collection of Info on Women and Doctors to Begin in 2013

Rep. Bill Zedler (as "Big Brother.")

Texas will begin gathering new and more invasive information about abortion-seeking people and abortion-providing doctors in 2013, thanks to new reporting requirements enacted by the Department of Health and Human Services, developed at the request of an anti-choice Tea Party lawmaker.

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In Letter, Texas Department of Health Accused by Ten Democratic Legislators of Subverting Democratic Process

Newly released documents show Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Tom Seuhs instructed his staff to try to create new abortion reporting requirements that would please one anti-choice legislator–and also “not be offensive to women.”

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Texas Bureaucrats Listen To, But Do Not *Hear,* Concerns of Providers on Unnecessary Regulations

The Texas Department of State Health Services Council met this week to push forward the potential adoption of new abortion reporting requirements drafted at the best of one rogue, anti-choice legislator, but the opposition from pro-choice Texans is finally gaining steam.

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Unnecessary Restrictions on Abortion Care: How Democracy Side-Stepping Sausage Is Made, Texas-Style

How did one Texas legislator get the state Department of Health Services to enact requirements on abortion care that failed to pass even the Texas legislature? Documents show the answer is simple: he just asked. Yet despite inquiries, the DSHS can not justify many of the requirements and seems not to have thought them through.

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What’s Behind Texas’ Proposed New Abortion Reporting Requirements? No One Knows

The Texas Department of Health is putting in place vague new abortion requirements, despite repeated failure of a law to mandate them. And even DSHS itself can’t articulate what the reporting requirements mean or why they are necessary.

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Texas Rep, Having Failed to Pass Anti-Choice Law, Orders Department of Health to Do His Bidding Anyway

Passionately anti-choice Texas House Representative Bill Zedler couldn’t get the legislation he wanted approved in last year’s lawmaking session–he’d like to know as much as possible about women seeking, and doctors performing, abortions–so instead of pursuing the consent of his peers in the legislature, he got the Texas Department of State Health Services to do it for him. So much for democracy.

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