Abortion

The Source - February 26, 2014
11:49 am
Wed February 26, 2014

The Source: Women's Health And Extreme Measures

July 12th Protest rally against abortion regulations in HB2 and SB1.
Flickr user: mirsasha cc

Last week the Texas Senate held a hearing on the progress being made in women’s health services. Touting an increase in funding for women’s health, the message was that we’re doing great.

But something was left off the agenda -- the impact of last year’s cumbersome regulations on abortion clinics.

Where is Texas in providing health services to women, and what extreme measures are some women taking to avoid the new Texas laws?

Guests:

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Women's Health Care
4:42 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Groups Question Progress Of Women’s Health Care In Texas

The state capitol was once again the scene of crowds sounding off about women's health.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The subject of women’s health care once again drew a crowd to the state capitol at the same time some lawmakers touted the progress made by the stated-funded Texas Women’s Healthcare Fund.

State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Dallas, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, said  women’s health care in Texas is funded at record levels, serving more women than it ever has.

"Last session the Legislature prioritized women’s health and provided an additional $240 million to reach an additional 170,000 women," Nelson said.

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Abortion In Texas
12:15 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Houston Clinic Becomes First Casualty Of Texas Abortion Restrictions

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue make their point outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio last summer.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Department of State Health Services announced Friday the closure of a women’s health care clinic in Houston that performed abortions in violation of the state's new restrictions for such facilities.

According to records obtained from Texas Medical Board, Dr. Theodore M. Herring Jr. performed 268 abortions at A Affordable Women's Medical Center between Nov. 6, 2013 and Feb. 7, 2014 without admitting rights at a nearby hospital, a restriction now required under the new Texas abortion law.

The medical board has also revoked Herring's medical license.

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Texas Politics
3:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Abbott Takes On Davis, Battleground Texas At Rally For Life

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

During his appearance at the Rally for Life event at the state capitol this morning, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott took the opportunity to criticize Wendy Davis, his likely opponent in the general election, and her supporters.

Abbott made sure to emphasize recent remarks allegedly made by Battleground Texas organizers about his disability.

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Law
2:02 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Supreme Court Considers Legality Of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

Eleanor McCullen, lead plaintiff in the case before the Supreme Court, outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston.
Nick Fountain NPR

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 9:28 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing the constitutionality of buffer zones at abortion clinics.

Fourteen years ago, the court upheld Colorado's 8-foot "floating" buffer zones around individuals to protect patients and staff entering and exiting these clinics. Since then, buffer zones have prevented demonstrators from closely approaching patients and staff without permission.

But the issue is back before a different and more conservative Supreme Court.

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It's All Politics
3:40 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

High Court's Pass On 'Fetal Pain' Abortion Case Unlikely To Cool Debate

Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 1:02 pm

A new class of restrictive abortion laws, passed in recent years in a swath of states, hinges on the argument that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks of gestation.

But the fetal pain assertion, viewed skeptically by many scientists, hit a bump Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a lower court ruling striking down an Arizona law that criminalized abortions at 20 weeks.

The state's ban asserted that "unborn children feel pain during an abortion at that gestational age." Federal courts last year also blocked similar "fetal pain" laws in Idaho and Georgia.

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Pope Calls Abortion Evidence Of 'The Throwaway Culture'

Pope Francis received applause from hundreds of worldwide ambassadors to the Holy See on Monday as he entered a huge hall in Vatican City.
Osservatore Romano Press Office EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 1:28 pm

Pope Francis, criticized by some conservative Catholics as not speaking out forcefully against abortion, said Monday that the practice is "horrific" and evidence of "the throwaway culture."

In an annual speech known as the pontiff's "State of the World" address, Francis told diplomats and journalists gathered at the Holy See that it "is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day."

Hunger, he said, is a threat to world peace, noting that food, like human life, is being discarded as unnecessary.

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The Two-Way
9:34 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Supreme Court Ends Arizona's Bid To Reinstate 20-Week Abortion Ban

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 12:59 pm

The United States Supreme Court on Monday refused to revisit a lower court ruling that struck down Arizona's ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The AP reports:

"The justices on Monday declined to reconsider a lower court ruling that the law violates a woman's constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb.

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Abortion In Texas
12:05 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Attorneys For Pro-Abortion Groups Exploring Options For Coming 5th Circuit Ruling

Attorneys exit the court building in October after final arguments in what was the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As a panel of federal judges on the US 5th Circuit Court is wrestling with a decision in the lawsuit against Texas’ new abortion law andattorneys for pro-abortion groups are exploring what comes next, which could mean taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court or seeking a new panel at the circuit court level.

Two of the judges on the 5th Circuit panel are the same justices that threw out a lower court’s injunction, which allowed the hospital admitting privileges requirement to take effect while both sides waited for a trial and decision. 

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Abortion In Texas
9:37 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Federal Three-Judge Panel Deciding Fate Of Texas Abortion Clinic Restriction Law

Anti-abortion protesters outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio this summer, when debate over the then bill reached a boiling point..
David Martin Davies TPR News

With final arguments and questioning now complete, it is now up to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans to decide whether or not the new Texas abortion clinic restriction law is constitutional.

Kyleen Wright, who is the president of the anti-abortion group Texans for Life, was inside the courtroom in New Orleans and said based on the questions federal judges had, the law, in her opinion, stands a good chance of being upheld.

"They were very skeptical that this ever rose to the level of emergency that they created," Wright said.

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