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Texas Lawmakers Could Tackle Minimum Wage, Marriage Equality, Pre-K Education

Monday was the first day for Texas lawmakers to begin filing legislation for the 84th Texas Legislature, which convenes January 15, and the hundreds of proposed bills ranged from the expected—including minimum wage raises and marriage equality efforts from Democrats—to the fringe, including one Republican's crusade against Daylight Saving Time.

Monday was the first day for Texas lawmakers to begin filing legislation for the 84th Texas Legislature, which convenes January 15, and the hundreds of proposed bills ranged from the expected—including minimum wage raises and marriage equality efforts from Democrats—to the fringe, including one Republican’s crusade against Daylight Saving Time.

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Texas Planned Parenthood Clinics Rebrand in Hopes of Public Funds

The entity formerly known as Planned Parenthood of Hidalgo County is making a major branding switch: from now on, the provider will be known as Access Esperanza Clinics.

The entity formerly known as Planned Parenthood of Hidalgo County is making a major branding switch: from now on, the provider will be known as Access Esperanza Clinics.

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An Abortion Access Crisis Behind East Texas’ ‘Pine Curtain’

Whole Woman's Health in Beaumont, Texas

There isn’t a looming reproductive health-care crisis in the South. It has already arrived.

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Fact-Checking a Texas Republican’s Claims on Women’s Health ‘Advances’

Texas state Sen. Jane Nelson

Texas state Sen. Jane Nelson took to the editorial page of the Austin American-Statesman this week to tout “advances” in women’s health care under Republican leadership. But Nelson fudged the facts on her, and her party’s, anti-woman voting record.

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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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We Deserve Better: Reproductive Health Care in Crisis in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley [Video]

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Over the past several months, RH Reality Check Senior Political Reporter Andrea Grimes traveled to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley to meet some of the Texans who are most affected by HB 2, the omnibus anti-abortion law that is expected to shutter all but six abortion clinics in the state. Watch Grimes’ video dispatch from the Valley.

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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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After Budget Cuts, Texas Family Planning Program Serving 77 Percent Fewer Clients

Republican lawmakers had hoped in 2011 that their family planning funding cuts would force Planned Parenthood to stop providing health care in the state; instead, the data shows that a wide variety of family planning clinics have shuttered.

Republican lawmakers had hoped in 2011 that their family planning funding cuts would force Planned Parenthood to stop providing health care in the state; instead, the data shows that a wide variety of family planning clinics have shuttered.

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Texas Republicans Who Dismantled Women’s Health-Care Program Now Trying to Save It With a Concert

Sammy Kershaw performs in his music video for "Queen of My Double-Wide Trailer."

The Texas Republicans who defunded Planned Parenthood and kicked the provider out of the state’s low-income women’s health program are now trying to fix their mistake with a benefit concert.

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Texas Women’s Health Program Sees Decline in Claims Without Planned Parenthood

Among the bills recently introduced are HB 1132 and SB 638, which would raise the cap on total tax credits for contributions to all CPCs in the state from $2 million to $2.5 million.

This is the first year the program has operated without Planned Parenthood—which was kicked out of the Medicaid Women’s Health Program last year—and entirely on the state’s dime, without federal assistance.

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