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How Having an Abortion in Texas Strengthened My Fight for Reproductive Rights

Never have I seen, even in my very progressive home state, such an incredible outpouring of genuine activism from men and women, young and old

When I decided to come to Austin for a summer internship with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, I knew I was signing up for an interesting few months. What I didn’t know is that at 20 years old, entirely alone in a new city, I would have an abortion myself.

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Wendy Davis Makes Her National Press Club Debut

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

The Texas senator said she’s put her pink sneakers back to work “running on the trail.” Washington, D.C. reporters wanted to know if she meant the campaign trail in the next governor’s race.

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Texas Crisis Pregnancy Center Expects Influx of New ‘Opportunities for Ministry’

Texas state Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville, pictured above) said in March: "This bill is not intended to decrease abortions or to close any clinic that does abortions."

A Houston crisis pregnancy center’s director says she expects an “inevitable influx of clients” after the passage of HB 2, which will shut down the vast majority of legal abortion clinics in Texas. But that’s precisely what the bill’s proponents said would never happen.

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I Help Teenage Girls Get Abortions

As I watched the healthy and prosperous politicians at the bill signing, I couldn’t help but think they live in a parallel universe far different from that of the minors who call our hotline.

When Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed into law a sweeping abortion measure, my heart broke for all of “my girls”—Texas minors seeking to terminate a pregnancy through the judicial bypass process.

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New Texas Law Unfair, Increases Inequality

There is a larger theme of the anti-choice movement that the Texas decision really brings to the forefront: The profound commitment to unfairness and inequality that holds the anti-choice movement together. It's unfair to Texans, unfair to lower income women, and unfair to taxpayers.

There is a larger theme of the anti-choice movement that the Texas decision really brings to the forefront: The profound commitment to unfairness and inequality that holds the anti-choice movement together. It’s unfair to Texans, unfair to lower-income women, and unfair to taxpayers.

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Is the Future for Texas Blue?

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“What happens next?” That’s the question on Texan lips this week as we watch Gov. Rick Perry sign an omnibus anti-abortion bill into law. My answer? Much.

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‘The Blood of Texas Women Is on Your Hands’: Gov. Perry Signs Texas Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill

"Protestors sing 'we're not gonna take it' after Governor Perry signed HB 2 into law.

Flanked by anti-choice legislators, Republican Gov. Rick Perry held a public ceremony at the state capitol building Thursday to sign HB 2 while pro-choice protesters in the rotunda chanted and held signs.

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Texas Senate Approves Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill

Pro-choice activists across the country fed off the momentum from Texas.

Late Friday night, the Texas senate voted to approve an omnibus anti-abortion bill as thousands of furious Texans, dressed in orange, packed the state capitol rotunda and took to the streets to march for reproductive rights.

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Texas House Set to Approve Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill Wednesday Morning

House Democrats carried coat hangers to the house podium Tuesday to signify an impending return to back-alley abortions for Texans in rural areas.

The Texas house is expected to give its final approval to an omnibus anti-abortion bill Wednesday morning, sending the bill to its final journey through the Texas senate before it becomes law.

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Interview: Texan Kicked Out of Abortion Hearing After Calling Anti-Choice Lawmaker an Ophthalmologist

A Houston woman was kicked out of a Texas abortion hearing Monday night after pointing out that one of Texas' anti-choice state senators is an ophthalmologist and not a reproductive medicine specialist.

A Houston woman was kicked out of a Texas abortion hearing Monday night after pointing out that one of Texas’ anti-choice state senators is an ophthalmologist and not a reproductive medicine specialist. She says she was booted because Texas anti-choice lawmakers “can’t take a job performance review.”

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