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Indictments of Anti-Abortion Activists Send Cynical Texas Politicians into a Facts-Free Frenzy

Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, is foot-stomping mad that a Harris County grand jury has handed down indictments against two anti-abortion activists who helped make doctored videos attacking Planned Parenthood. The same grand jury essentially cleared Planned Parenthood of outrageous charges that the organization was illegally selling tissues from aborted fetuses. Rep. Zedlers used Twitter in […]

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Breaking News: Harris County Grand Jury Indicts Makers of Anti-Planned Parenthood Videos

The religious right’s vicious and deceitful attack on Planned Parenthood — part of a long war on abortion and other other reproductive health care services for women — appears to be backfiring in a big way. Last year anti-abortion activists released a number of deceptively edited, undercover videos that suggested Planned Parenthood was illegally selling tissue from aborted fetuses. Religious-righters and their […]

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Texas Faith Leaders Call on Gov. Abbott to Stop Interfering in Women’s Freedom to Choose Their Health Care Providers

Just Texas, a project of the Texas Freedom Network, sent out the following press release today: Clergy from diverse faith traditions across Texas are calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to stop interfering with the freedom of women to see providers of their choice for health screenings, family planning and other reproductive health care services. “Women […]

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Ted Cruz’s History with Anti-Abortion Extremists

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has insisted that the vile rhetoric of anti-abortion extremists played no role in the mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. In fact, speaking at an event for his presidential campaign on Sunday in Iowa, Cruz bizarrely characterized the alleged gunman as a “transgendered leftist activist.” But it’s important to know that Cruz has closely […]

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He Just Doesn’t Get It

“Last I checked we don’t have a rubber shortage in America. When I was in college we had a machine in the bathroom, you put .50 cents in and voila! So yes, anyone who wants contraceptives can access them, but it’s an utterly made-up nonsense issue.” That’s Texas Senator Ted Cruz at a presidential campaign event […]

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Does This Texas Legislator Think the Colorado Abortion Clinic Shootings Were Justified?

As horrified Americans learned about the mass shooting at an abortion clinic in Colorado on Friday, Texas state Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, retweeted the following post from an anti-abortion activist: “You want ‘safe spaces’? Sure thing, start by making the womb one. #tcot #PlannedParenthood” A gunman shot to death three people and wounded nine others at the Planned Parenthood […]

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Research: At Least 100,000 Texas Women Have Attempted to Self-Induce Abortion

As lawmakers make it increasingly difficult for women to access safe, legal abortion care in the state, today researchers with the independent Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) released information showing that at least 100,000 Texas women have attempted to self-induce an abortion. TxPEP’s study briefs are available here and here. Following is today’s press release from TxPEP: AUSTIN (November […]

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Study Confirms Harmful Consequences of Anti-Abortion Legislation in Texas

Today the Texas Freedom Network joined with partner organizations in raising the alarm about the harmful effects of anti-abortion legislation passed two years ago in Texas. Here’s the joint press release that just went out: Independent research confirms that Texas is already seeing the harmful consequences reproductive rights organizations warned would happen following the passage of […]

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Polls: Americans Reject Extremist Demands to ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood

Texas politicians like U.S. Senator (and Republican presidential candidate) Ted Cruz have been leaders of the effort to — as they call it — “defund” Planned Parenthood because that organization provides abortion care services (although not with federal dollars). In other words, they want to end Medicaid and other government payments for reproductive health care services — like “well-woman” checkups, […]

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Bill Nye: Can We Stop Telling Women What to Do With Their Bodies?

As soon as this week, the U.S. Supreme Court could decide whether it will hear a challenge to Texas’ restrictive anti-abortion law. Also this week, far-right politicians will continue to push the notion that Planned Parenthood should be defunded even if it means shutting down the federal government, a move that retiring Speaker John Boehner […]

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