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bad news from Texas.


State lawmakers will reconvene to kick off their new sessions this week, and Republican legislators are already gearing up for the new abortion restrictions they hope to introduce this year.

2012 was a banner year for attacks on reproductive freedom — according to the Guttmacher Institute, 19 states passed 42 different abortion restrictions last year, second only to the record-breaking 92 anti-abortion provisions enacted in 2011 — and anti-choice lawmakers show no sign of letting up in the new year. Even though November’s election results demonstrated that voters rejected far-right anti-abortion ideology, state legislators in the following states are moving forward with their attempts to continue restricting women’s right to choose:

– VIRGINIA: In the last days of 2012, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) quietly approved controversial health clinic rules intended to target abortion doctors and limit women’s access to reproductive services — and Republican lawmakers are prepared to further McDonnell’s anti-abortion agenda in the first days of the new year. Del. Bob Marshall (R), the legislature’s most ardent anti-choice crusader, is planning to introduce a measure to impose additional burdens to abortion access under the guise of preventing “sex-selective abortions,” as well as a provision requiring insurers to offer plans that don’t include contraceptive coverage. According to the Washington Post, another Republican lawmaker in Virginia is gearing up for a bill that would “eliminate state funding for abortions for low-income women who learn of gross fetal deformities.”

– WISCONSIN: Legislators in Wisconsin enacted three different pieces of anti-abortion legislation last year, but that’s not enough for Republicans in the state. They’re already working on a forced ultrasound bill that would attempt to shame women out of choosing to have an abortion procedure. And the anti-abortion group Wisconsin Right to Life plan to pressure lawmakers to take up legislation to ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and prevent public employees from using their health insurance to cover abortion services.

– INDIANA: Two anti-abortion state lawmakers in Indiana have already authored SB 101, which would require doctors to present women with biased information about the dangers of medical abortion procedures, for consideration in the new session. The Courier-Journal reports that doctors would need to provide mentally competent women with a printed packet entitled “A Woman’s Right to Know,” which would include “detailed color photos showing the development of fetuses at two-week intervals and information regarding adoption” as well as “the risks of aborting the pregnancy versus the risks of carrying it to term.”

– TEXAS: Officials in Texas have already succeeded in defunding the Planned Parenthood clinics in their state, a policy that went into effect on the first day of 2013 and is currently forcing thousands of low-income women to find new doctors. And Gov. Rick Perry (R) — who has acknowledged that his ultimate “goal” is outlawing all access to abortion — won’t stop there. Perry is also championing a “fetal pain” bill that would ban abortions at just 20 weeks of gestation, based on the scientifically contested idea that fetuses can feel pain at that point. Similar measures in Georgia and Arizona are currently being contested in court.


So not only did anti-choice lawmakers succeed in defunding Planned Parenthood, but they also provided a faulty list for replacement providers?

Amy Poehler Angry


Want to intern w/a great org? @naraltx is seeking interns for the Spring semester. Email heather[at]prochoicetexas[dot]org to apply today!

I know Heather personally and she is wonderful (she started The Lilith Fund, my local abortion fund). She was just appointed Executive Director at NARAL TX and I’m excited to see in what direction she leads the organization.
For more on NARAL TX.


Want to intern w/a great org?  is seeking interns for the Spring semester. Email heather[at]prochoicetexas[dot]org to apply today!

I know Heather personally and she is wonderful (she started The Lilith Fund, my local abortion fund). She was just appointed Executive Director at NARAL TX and I’m excited to see in what direction she leads the organization.

For more on NARAL TX.

Women’s health centers are reporting that Texas women are crossing the border to Mexico in search of misoprostol, a drug used primarily to treat ulcers. Misoprostol requires a prescription in the United States, but it can be purchased over-the-counter in Mexico. The drug is sometimes paired with mifepristone by doctors in a medical abortion procedure, but misoprostol alone is essentially ineffective in terminating pregnancies. Kristeena Banda, director of Whole Woman’s Health discovered that “A few times a week, women come in to ask for a pregnancy test. They’ve taken the pills, but they’re still seeing symptoms of pregnancy.” Though taking the drug while pregnant won’t terminate a pregnancy, it is not without consequences - especially when women are given varying recommendations regarding dosage.
Desperate Texan Women Turn to Mexican Drugs to Induce Abortion (via stfusexists)


Planned Parenthood Branches Vote to Merge

The boards of three regional Planned Parenthood branches — North Texas, Central Texas and the Capital Region — have voted to merge, forming a $29 million-per-year mega-organization with 26 clinics up and down the Interstate 35 corridor.

The merger vote, in the works for more than a year, creates Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, the eighth-largest affiliate of the nation’s most ubiquitous reproductive health and abortion provider.

“The timing is right, in terms of looking ahead at the challenges we will face politically, and from a health care standpoint,” said Leslie MacLean, board chairwoman of Planned Parenthood of North Texas. “We felt like it was an obligation to look at all of the options to make us smarter and more efficient.”

(via fuckyeahplannedparenthood)