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Orwellian Doublespeak on Texas Women’s Health Care

Speak more humanely about abortion, don’t opine on the female body’s abilities if you’re not a doctor, and mislead voters on your intentions to criminalize abortion.

Here’s the real story you won’t hear from the politicians who just last week met to talk “legislative achievements in women’s healthcare”: Texas women are facing a health-care disaster at the hands of a small and extreme group of politicians.

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Texas Lawmakers Who Cut Family Planning Meet to Talk ‘Legislative Achievements’

While the committee heard testimony from state health officials, about one hundred members of Texas' "orange army" convened at the capitol complex and were joined by lawmakers including state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate running for lieutenant governor.

The Texas senate health and human services committee met on Thursday to tout newly expanded funding to family planning services, but critics say they have a long way to go.

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Texas’ Wendy Davis Out-Raises Greg Abbott in Second Half of 2013, ‘On Track’ to $40 Million

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis out-raised her presumed Republican opponent for the governor's seat, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, during the second half of 2013.

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis out-raised her presumed Republican opponent for the governor’s seat, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, during the second half of 2013.

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11 Pro-Choice Successes of 2013

There were a number of reasons for pro-choice allies around the country to be proud this year.

Though 2013 might have brought an array of new abortion restrictions and other setbacks for reproductive rights, there were also a number of reasons for pro-choice allies around the country to be proud this year. The staff of RH Reality Check notes some of the top pro-choice successes of 2013.

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Shades of Blue in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, as Wendy Davis Launches Her Campaign

South Texas' Rio Grande Valley came into the spotlight this summer during the state legislature's battle over an omnibus anti-choice bill, but for the people who call it home, politics are much more complicated than "red" or "blue."

South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley came into the spotlight this summer during the state legislature’s battle over an omnibus anti-choice bill, but for the people who call it home, politics are much more complicated than “red” or “blue.”

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A Template for Journalists and Pundits Discussing Wendy Davis’ Political Solvency

A helpful template for coastal journalists, Republican pundits, political dilettantes, and anyone else with boldly unique views on the certainty of Wendy Davis' abject political failure.

A helpful template for coastal journalists, Republican pundits, political dilettantes, and anyone else with boldly unique views on the certainty of Wendy Davis’ abject political failure.

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Wendy Davis Announces Run for Texas Governor, ‘For the Very Future of Our State’

The national media has attacked Wendy Davis as a hypocrite for her stance on a 20-week abortion ban.

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis officially announced that she will run for Texas governor Thursday, following weeks of speculation among Democrats and progressives in Texas who’ve been rooting for the Fort Worth native to make a run for statewide office ever since her news-making 13-hour filibuster of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill this summer.

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Texas State Health Services Council Refuses to Vote on Implementation of Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law

In a highly unusual, but largely symbolic, move, eight members of the Texas State Health Services Council this morning declined to vote on proposed rules that would put an omnibus anti-abortion bill passed this summer into action.

In a highly unusual, but largely symbolic, move, eight members of the Texas Department of State Health Services Council Thursday morning declined to vote on proposed rules that would put an omnibus anti-abortion bill signed into law this summer into action.

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Texas State Troopers Relied on One Anti-Choice Activist for ‘Poopgate’ Intelligence

Reportedly, tampons, pads, condoms, tissue, and other items were being confiscated for a time from individuals entering the Texas capitol building today.

Documents released Monday by the Texas Department of Public Safety show no evidence that the “feminist army” of orange-clad pro-choice supporters brought containers of urine and feces to the Texas state capitol this summer during debates over an omnibus anti-abortion bill.

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State Documents Reveal No Proof of Harm to Women in Texas Abortion Services

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signs HB 2 on July 18, 2013.

The documents, which were requested by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in May, show that the state already had one of the nation’s most proactive and aggressive systems to police abortion services and ensure that facilities were complying with those rules.

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