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Watch Texas Sen. Dan Patrick Snipe and Holler His Way Through a Sex Ed Hearing

Texas Senator Dan Patrick

Patrick wants to keep Planned Parenthood from providing sex education curriculum in public schools. Watch how he treats citizens who respectfully disagree with him.

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Texas ALEC Chair Files ‘Preborn Pain Act,’ as Promised by Rick Perry

Texas capitol building.

This morning, ALEC-affiliated Texas State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker) filed the state legislature’s first attempt to ban abortions after 20 weeks—the so-called Preborn Pain Act.

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Texas Lawmaker Seeks To Ban Planned Parenthood From Providing Sex Ed in Public Schools

Rep. Jeff Leach.

A freshman state representative in Texas is continuing the state’s bizarre vendetta against abortion providers and their affiliates—that’s Texan for “Planned Parenthood”—by filing a bill that would prevent such entities from providing sex education in schools.

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Is Rick Perry’s Rejection of the Affordable Care Act Political Posturing or a Portent of What’s to Come?

On Monday, Texas Governor Rick Perry rejected two major tenets of the Affordable Care act, saying the state would not participate in the individual state exchanges nor in the Medicaid expansion. What does this mean for a state with the highest rate of uninsured citizens — a state that already rejected federal funds for the Medicaid Women’s Health Program? Experts say the result will be escalating private insurance costs and declining public health.

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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Effort by Texas to Block Planned Parenthood Funding

A federal appeals court today rejected the state of Texas’ efforts to block women’s access to preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers while a lawsuit on the issue proceeds.

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District Court Permanently Blocks Oklahoma Ultrasound Law, Expect A Supreme Court Battle

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With two conflicting lower court rulings, we are very likely to see our first new challenge to Roe V. Wade approach the Supreme Court.

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It Is Time to Chase the Monsters from Our Bedrooms for Once and for All

Last night I had a nightmare and awoke to a realization.  The time has come for us to band together to chase the monsters from our nation’s bedrooms for once and for all.

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Texas GOP Staffer Quits Over Draconian Cuts to Women’s Health Care, Speaks At Rally

Hundreds of supporters gathered in Austin, Texas tonight to protest planned cuts effectively demolishing the health program for low-income and poor women in the state. A GOP staffer who quit over the cuts spoke at the rally.

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Censoring Doonesbury on Abortion: It’s So Sad It’s Not Even Funny

What does it say about the state of our society when so many state legislators seem to make the passage of laws de-humanizing women their main priority, but newspapers are afraid of running comic strips satirizing these laws? Garry Trudeau, the brilliant political cartoonist, has produced a series on forced trans-vaginal sonogram laws in Texas, but papers in a number of the states with similar laws are not running it.

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Kristof: Mandatory Ultrasound Bills Are “State-Sanctioned Abuse and Humiliation”

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The New York Times columnist pens a brutal column on Texas’ mandatory ultrasound bill.

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