reproductive health services
April 26, 2019 -
In a year of harsh anti-abortion bills, one introduced in Texas went furthest of all by allowing women who end a pregnancy to be put to death. The bill's sponsor — a quadruple divorcee whose first wife sought a restraining order against him — is a major recipient of contributions from a fracking services billionaire and religious sect leader who's become a leading funder of radical anti-abortion groups and candidates.
March 17, 2017 -
The GOP plan to scrap the Affordable Care Act includes a provision barring the nation's leading reproductive health services provider from taking Medicaid payments. That would take an especially heavy toll in the South, which already suffers the nation's highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancies and poverty.
November 20, 2013 -
Southern states have a high rate of unintended pregnancies, with most of the resulting births being paid for by public insurance programs. The evidence shows that investing in family planning services not only prevents unwanted pregnancies but also saves taxpayers money. So why are some Southern legislatures targeting those services for cuts?
July 3, 2013 -
Following recent efforts by Texas and Ohio, North Carolina becomes the latest state to embrace Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers or TRAP laws, which aim to make it difficult for women to obtain legal abortions -- and for clinics to provide them.
June 28, 2013 -
The nation turned to Texas this week to watch state Sen. Wendy Davis's 11-hour filibuster against legislation restricting abortion in the state. The bill failed to pass before the special session ended at midnight -- and now Democrats say there will be a probe into Republicans' efforts to alter the timestamp.
May 10, 2013 -
The automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester will have a severe effect on programs serving women in general and mothers in particular -- especially those living in the South. With Mother's Day approaching, we take a by-the-numbers look.