Abortion http://kut.org en Abortion Doctors File Lawsuit Against Dallas Hospital For Revoking Privileges http://kut.org/post/abortion-doctors-file-lawsuit-against-dallas-hospital-revoking-privileges <p>Two Texas doctors that offer abortions are challenging a hospital for revoking their admitting privileges.<br /><br />Read <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1115261-stamped-ughd-original-petition-pdf.html" target="_blank">the petition here</a>.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:14:35 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10245 at http://kut.org Abortion Doctors File Lawsuit Against Dallas Hospital For Revoking Privileges Federal Judge Expects Texas Abortion Lawsuit to Reach Supreme Court http://kut.org/post/federal-judge-expects-texas-abortion-lawsuit-reach-supreme-court <p>On Wednesday, a federal judge in Austin turned down a request to temporarily block a requirement of Texas' controversial new abortion law for clinics in El Paso and McAllen. But the judge is allowing the lawsuit to move forward – and predicts it will ultimately travel all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:59:47 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10242 at http://kut.org Federal Judge Expects Texas Abortion Lawsuit to Reach Supreme Court Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans http://kut.org/post/some-health-plans-details-abortion-coverage-still-elusive If you bought health coverage through one of the online insurance marketplaces, you might have a tough time determining whether your plan covers abortion services.<p>Though Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/01/242174176/which-plans-cover-abortion-no-answers-on-healthcare-gov">got an earful</a> from members of Congress about the problem at a hearing last November, little's been done yet to clear up the confusion in some states.<p>Both opponents and supporters of abortion rights agree that the logical place to include abortion Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:12:15 +0000 10222 at http://kut.org Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans Abortion Rights Groups Ask Appeals Court to Reverse Ruling on Texas Law http://kut.org/post/abortion-rights-groups-ask-appeals-court-reverse-ruling-texas-law <p>Abortion rights <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1107663-petition-hospital-admitting-privileges-april-10.html" target="_blank">advocates have filed a petition asking</a> a federal appeals court to reconsider its stance on a part of Texas' new abortion law.</p><p>The groups that filed the petition include the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights. They’re asking the full Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider whether it’s constitutional to require abortion doctors to receive admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:07:50 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10194 at http://kut.org Abortion Rights Groups Ask Appeals Court to Reverse Ruling on Texas Law Abortion Rights Advocates File Second Federal Lawsuit Against Texas Law http://kut.org/post/abortion-rights-advocates-file-second-federal-lawsuit-against-texas-law <p>A new federal lawsuit is challenging provisions of Texas' newest abortion law. This latest suit comes less than a week after a federal appeals court ruled certain provisions of the law were constitutional and could stand.</p><p>Abortion rights advocates are seeking an immediate court order that would block the requirement that abortion doctors receive admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of a clinic. But in this lawsuit, the challenge to that provision only applies to two clinics: one in McAllen and one in El Paso. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:18:57 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10112 at http://kut.org Abortion Rights Advocates File Second Federal Lawsuit Against Texas Law Appeals Court Upholds Provisions of Texas' Abortion Law http://kut.org/post/appeals-court-upholds-provisions-texas-abortion-law <p>An appeals court has upheld Texas' controversial new rules tightening rules for &nbsp;abortion providers. &nbsp;</p><p>The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on two elements of House Bill 2. One requires abortion doctors to receive <a href="http://kut.org/post/what-it-takes-texas-abortion-doctors-get-admitting-privileges">admitting privileges</a> at a hospital 30 miles from the clinic. The other requires doctors to follow an <a href="http://kut.org/post/what-fda-drug-guidelines-say-texas-new-abortion-law">FDA label</a> for medically-induced abortions, which requires more face-to-face visits with a physician.</p><p>The court found both constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can read the whole ruling </span><a href="http://kutne.ws/1hzdad1" style="line-height: 1.5;">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:29:43 +0000 Matt Largey 10049 at http://kut.org Appeals Court Upholds Provisions of Texas' Abortion Law What the FDA Drug Guidelines Say in Texas' New Abortion Law http://kut.org/post/what-fda-drug-guidelines-say-texas-new-abortion-law <p>Texas’ new abortion law requires doctors to follow a specific, federally approved protocol for abortions performed using drugs, in place of a more common method.</p><p>The requirement is at issue in a case challenging the Texas law. So what exactly does the law require doctors to do?</p><p>Doctors usually have two choices for what are called medication abortions: They can follow a protocol approved by the Food and Drug Administration, or they can follow a different one based on newer scientific studies.&nbsp;But now in Texas, doctors are required to follow the FDA protocol.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138950935&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:04:04 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9936 at http://kut.org What the FDA Drug Guidelines Say in Texas' New Abortion Law Stance On Texas Women's Health Program Depends On Party Affiliation http://kut.org/post/stance-texas-womens-health-program-depends-party-affiliation <p>Women's healthcare has been a political seesaw in the Texas legislature the last few years -- from budget cuts in 2011 to budget increases in 2013.</p><p>Yesterday a Texas Senate committee heard how women's health programs were doing, with the answer falling along party lines.</p><p><a href="http://www.nelson.senate.state.tx.us" target="_blank">State Sen. Jane Nelson</a>, R-Flower Mound, says Texas has never spent as much on women’s health as it does right now, and she says she wanted to "set the record straight" during a hearing of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee -- the committee she chairs.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135936493&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:34:41 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9822 at http://kut.org Stance On Texas Women's Health Program Depends On Party Affiliation What It Takes For Texas Abortion Doctors To Get Admitting Privileges http://kut.org/post/what-it-takes-texas-abortion-doctors-get-admitting-privileges <p>Houston doctor Theodore Herring Jr. <a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-medical-board-suspends-abortion-doctors-license">had his license temporarily suspended</a> last week, after he was found to have violated a new state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.</p><p>That provision is among the ones under review by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. While the law is tied up in that court, abortion doctors in Texas are still required to follow it – meaning they need admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135574027&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:50:04 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9804 at http://kut.org What It Takes For Texas Abortion Doctors To Get Admitting Privileges Texas Medical Board Suspends Abortion Doctor's License http://kut.org/post/texas-medical-board-suspends-abortion-doctors-license <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Texas doctor is without his medical license for violating a part of the state’s new abortion law.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/dl/D78B7D56-5247-FBA5-4755-39088D0AACD1" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Texas Medical Board temporarily suspended</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the license on Feb. 13 of Dr. Theodore Herring, </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He performed almost 270 abortions between last November and earlier February without having the required hospital admitting privileges.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s the first time that a Texas doctor has faced license suspension since most of the state’s abortion law's provisions went into effect in October. The law r</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">equires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:10:01 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9792 at http://kut.org Texas Medical Board Suspends Abortion Doctor's License Is Texas' Abortion Law an Undue Burden? What's at Stake in New Rules http://kut.org/post/texas-abortion-law-undue-burden-whats-stake-new-rules <p>A federal appeals court is deciding whether certain provisions of Texas’ new abortion law are unconstitutional.</p><p>In making that decision, judges will have to weigh those provisions using what’s known as “the undue burden test.”</p><p>For two decades, judges have been weighing the constitutionality of abortion regulations using this concept.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131364338&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:06:41 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9643 at http://kut.org Is Texas' Abortion Law an Undue Burden? What's at Stake in New Rules Hospital In Texas Removes Life Support From Brain-Dead Woman http://kut.org/post/hospital-texas-removes-life-support-brain-dead-woman A Fort Worth, Texas, woman who was 14 weeks pregnant when she was found unconscious and brain-dead after suffering a pulmonary embolism, has been taken off life support after a weeks-long court battle by the hospital to keep the ventilator on.<p>A ventilator that had kept Marlise Munoz's heart and lungs functioning for two months was switched off at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, a family attorney said.<p>State District Judge R.H. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 21:17:21 +0000 Scott Neuman 9647 at http://kut.org Hospital In Texas Removes Life Support From Brain-Dead Woman Austin Authorities Follow Strict Protocol After Safety Scare at Women's Clinic http://kut.org/post/austin-authorities-follow-strict-protocol-after-safety-scare-womens-clinic <p></p><p>What can happen when a delivery to a women’s health clinic in Austin doesn’t follow protocol? Today we found out when the&nbsp;Austin Police Department blocked off the <a href="http://wholewomanshealth.com" target="_blank">Whole Woman’s Health</a> on North Interstate 35. It happened after clinic staff found two envelopes taped to two different doors of the facility early this morning.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:44:19 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9562 at http://kut.org Austin Authorities Follow Strict Protocol After Safety Scare at Women's Clinic What SCOTUS Inaction Means for the Texas Abortion Ban http://kut.org/post/what-scotus-inaction-means-texas-abortion-ban <p>The U.S. Supreme Court is declining to take up a case involving abortion.</p><p>State officials in Arizona were appealing a lower court’s decision to strike down a state law that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. But does the high court’s decision not to take up the case have implications on any future challenges to the 20-week ban that went into effect in Texas last year?</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:20:23 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9537 at http://kut.org What SCOTUS Inaction Means for the Texas Abortion Ban U.S. Appeals Court to Hear Texas Abortion Law Case http://kut.org/post/us-appeals-court-hear-texas-abortion-law-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">State officials and plaintiffs suing on behalf of Texas abortion providers are due back in court this morning.</span></p><p>The case being heard this morning was launched by abortion rights advocates hoping to overturn a state statute - known as <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=832&amp;Bill=HB2">HB2</a> - that regulates abortions. It was&nbsp;passed by the Texas Legislature in July and has since been tied up in a legal battle that <a href="http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/13/13-51008-CV0.pdf">has been appealed</a> to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.</p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:29:37 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9486 at http://kut.org U.S. Appeals Court to Hear Texas Abortion Law Case