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Earlier this week, as the state of Texas moved to kick Planned Parenthood out of the Medicaid program, Gov. Greg Abbott hinted there might be more to come.

Report: Abortion Restrictions Led to Longer Wait Times

Oct 5, 2015
Ben Philpott / KUT Public Radio

Wait times to get an abortion in Texas have grown in some metropolitan areas, a trend that could be felt statewide if the U.S. Supreme Court allows the strictest provision of the state’s 2013 abortion law to take effect. That's according to a new report by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

In a landmark encyclical, Pope Francis spoke out about climate change: He thinks it’s man-made. He’s also spoken about income inequality and offered forgiveness to women who have had abortions.

Those are views normally out of step with more conservative Catholics. But a new poll from The New York Times and CBS News says the pope is becoming more popular, even among conservatives.

Ryan E. Poppe

An abortion rights group representing clinics in Texas has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its lawsuit against the state's admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center laws.  Nancy Northup with the Center for Reproductive Rights said it’s clear the state’s 2013 law was intended to close clinics.

Saying that he wants to emphasize mercy, Pope Francis announced that during the church's upcoming holy year, he will allow all priests to forgive women who have had abortions.

In a letter published Tuesday, Francis said he understands that some people approach abortions with "superficial awareness." But for others, it's a struggle that deserves deep reflection. The pontiff concludes: