Abortion

Medication abortions are administered through pills.
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During a ban on abortion services in Texas earlier this year, more women sought out a telemedicine abortion service called Aid Access.

Updated at 5:35 p.m.

A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court stood by its most recent abortion-rights precedent Monday, delivering a major defeat to abortion opponents who had hoped for a reversal of fortunes at the court with the addition of two new Trump-appointed justices.

By a 5-4 vote, the court struck down a Louisiana law that was virtually identical to a Texas law it invalidated just four years ago. Chief Justice John Roberts cast the fifth and decisive vote.

An abortion clinic
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The Texas Equal Access Fund, which provides financial support for low-income women seeking an abortion, sued anti-abortion activists in Dallas County on Thursday for accusing the group of criminal activity.

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Abortion providers are no longer banned from performing the procedure in Texas, state officials said in a court filing Thursday morning,

A Planned Parenthood office in Austin with a mural of a woman holding a globe on the side of it.
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Clinics that provide abortions have resumed providing the procedure after a state ban on nonessential medical procedures expired.

An ultrasound machine at a women's health clinic in Austin.
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Reversing course, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said access to pill-induced abortions can be restricted while the state fights the coronavirus pandemic.

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From Texas Standard:

On Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced measures loosening restrictions on some parts of the Texas economy. State parks begin reopening on Monday, with partial lifting of restrictions on retail stores and surgery providers to follow. 

On Sunday, state data showed a 4% increase over the previous day's number of coronavirus cases. The total is approximately 19,000 in Texas. The statewide death toll totals just under 500 lives lost to COVID-19.

Medication abortions are only available to women who are less than 10 weeks' pregnant.
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Los prestadores de abortos pueden atender a las mujeres al comienzo de sus embarazos y a aquellas que están al borde de no poder someterse al procedimiento, según un fallo emitido el lunes por el Tribunal de Apelaciones del Quinto Circuito.

Medication abortions are only available to women who are less than 10 weeks' pregnant.
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Abortion providers can serve women very early on in their pregnancies and those on the cusp of not being able to get the procedure, under a ruling issued by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

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The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will allow medication abortions, which involve a patient ingesting pills, to proceed in Texas during the coronavirus outbreak, the latest development in a weekslong legal dispute over state officials’ attempt to ban the procedure in nearly all circumstances as it combats the pandemic.

Abortion Providers Want Supreme Court To Restore Some Services During Pandemic

Apr 11, 2020
A Planned Parenthood office in Austin with a mural of a woman holding a globe on the side of it.
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In what has been an ongoing legal dispute over Texans' access to abortion during the new coronavirus pandemic, abortion providers on Saturday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take emergency action to restore “essential, time-sensitive medication abortion services.”

A nurse practitioner consults with a patient at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin.
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In the latest turn of a whiplash-inducing federal court battle over Texas GOP officials’ near-total ban on abortion during the novel coronavirus outbreak, a federal appeals court on Friday once again lent support to state officials and prohibited the procedure under all but a few narrow circumstances.

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A federal court has – yet again – temporarily halted Texas’ ban on abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued on order last month banning procedures that are “not immediately medically necessary” during the outbreak, which he said includes abortions.

A Planned Parenthood office in Austin with a mural of a woman holding a globe on the side of it.
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Texas can continue to ban abortions as COVID-19 continues to infect more people in the state, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

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El Tribunal de Apelaciones del Quinto Circuito ha suspendido temporalmente el fallo de una corte inferior que bloqueaba la prohibición de abortos en Texas durante la epidemia de coronavirus. 

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The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted a lower court ruling that stopped Texas officials from banning abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Un juez federal ha bloqueado temporalmente la prohibición de abortos en Texas durante la pandemia del coronavirus en el estado. 

El juez de la Corte de Distrito Lee Yeakel en Austin dictaminó el lunes que empleados del estado no pueden impedir que proveedores de aborto le ofrezcan el servicio a sus pacientes. 

An examination table at a clinic.
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A federal judge has temporarily blocked Texas’ ban on abortions during the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin ruled Monday that state officials can't restrict abortion providers from offering the procedure to their patients.

A Planned Parenthood office in Austin with a mural of a woman holding a globe on the side of it.
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Officials at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas say they have canceled 261 abortions since Tuesday, after the state effectively banned the procedure.

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Abortion providers in Texas are suing state officials for banning abortions as part of their effort to halt procedures that are “not immediately medically necessary” during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Texas health officials have banned abortions as part of what they say is an effort to crack down on medical procedures that are “not immediately medically necessary” during the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

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From Texas Standard:

A new study from the University of Texas at Austin finds that a higher number of Texas women are choosing self-managed abortions compared to the national average. That includes using herbs, or drugs obtained without a prescription, in an effort to end a pregnancy.

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The percentage of minors unable to get a judge's approval for an abortion in Texas has fluctuated in the past two decades, according to a study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health.

A billboard on Interstate 20 outside of Waskom displays an anti-abortion message.
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Three Texas towns recently voted in favor of anti-abortion ordinances, extending the reach of a campaign to create “sanctuary cities for the unborn” across the state.

An examining room at The Source clinic in Austin
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A chain of crisis pregnancy centers is shifting its strategy to focus on preventing unwanted pregnancies in the first place by offering contraception services in cities across Texas.

Over the past few years, abortion providers in Texas have struggled to reopen clinics that had closed because of restrictive state laws.

There were more than 40 clinics providing abortion in Texas on July 12, 2013 — the day lawmakers approved tough new restrictions and rules for clinics.

Austin is about to become the first city in the U.S. to fund groups that help women who seek abortions pay for related logistical costs, such as a babysitter, a hotel room or transportation.

The move is an effort to push back against a new Texas law that went into effect Sept. 1. The state law bans local governments from giving money to groups that provide abortions — even if that money doesn't pay for the actual procedure.

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Former Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman filed a lawsuit in a Travis County district court Wednesday challenging the city's effort to fund logistical services for low-income women obtaining abortions.

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Among the hundreds of new laws that took effect in Texas on Sunday, several are related to health. Here are a handful that took the legislative spotlight. 

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Public support for legal access to abortions has been relatively stable across the country in the last five years, according to a national survey released Tuesday.

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