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Volunteer networks in Mexico aid at-home abortions without involving doctors or clinics. They’re coming to Texas.

Before abortion was legal in parts of Mexico, an extensive “accompaniment” system grew to help women safely terminate pregnancies - its organizers are now moving abortion-inducing medication across the border and helping replicate the system in the U.S.... Read more»0

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En México, voluntarios ayudan con abortos en casa, sin médico. Este modelo ha llegado a Texas.

Los organizadores de un extenso sistema de "acompañamiento" para ayudar a las mujeres a interrumpir embarazos de manera segura ahora están trasladando medicamentos para inducir el aborto a través de la frontera y replicando el sistema en los EE. UU.... Read more»0

Texas quietly using redistricting lawsuits to launch a broader war against federal voting rights law

Beyond the legal fight over Texas redistricting maps, another war is being waged against the Voting Rights Act that could constrict voting rights protections nationwide - and some Supreme Court justices have indicated agreement with arguments in a recent Arizona case.... Read more»0

'Someone did not do due diligence': How attempt to review Texas' voter rolls turned into a debacle

Texas officials flagged 95,000 voters for citizenship reviews. But after thousands have already been cleared, questions are being raised about how they handled the process.... Read more»0

Undocumented immigrants fear what Trump will do to 'sanctuary cities'

It’s not yet clear whether, or how, the Trump administration could make good on a promise to end "sanctuary cities." But the simple fact that he says he’ll try is enough to terrify many undocumented immigrants in Texas. ... Read more»1

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Texas abortion restrictions

Ruling that Texas' 2013 abortion restrictions place an undue burden on a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed Texas abortion providers a major victory by overturning the regulations.... Read more»0

Texas loses fight with feds to keep Syrian refugees out

Texas on Thursday lost its fight against the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state, ending a months-long battle during which Syrian refugees continued to arrive.... Read more»0

Texas case could define extent of abortion limits

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the legal challenge to abortion restrictions passed by Texas lawmakers in 2013. Many observers had predicted a landmark decision might spring from the case, clarifying how far states can go in regulating the procedure, but that's less certain in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia's death.... Read more»0

Facing felony charges, anti-abortion group cites free speech protections

The imminent legal battle over anti-abortion activists’ efforts to infiltrate a Planned Parenthood facility in Houston is morphing into a dispute over First Amendment protections.... Read more»0

Anti-abortion activists indicted over undercover Planned Parenthood videos

A Texas grand jury on Monday indicted the videographers behind undercover recordings of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Houston and cleared the women's health provider of any wrongdoing.... Read more»0

Texas sues feds, relief agency, to block Syrian refugees

Texas has gone to federal court in its efforts to keep Syrian refugees out of the state, filing suit against the federal government and a refugee resettlement nonprofit.... Read more»0

High Court puts Texas abortion law on hold

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with Texas abortion providers and temporarily put on hold a ruling that would have closed about half of the state’s abortion facilities.... Read more»0

Supreme Court: Gay marriage bans are unconstitutional

Handing gay rights advocates a monumental victory, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled that marriages between couples of the same sex are constitutional, a decision that overrides the long-standing bans on gay marriage in Texas and other states.... Read more»3

Feds to curtail use of family detention centers

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday that families that enter the country illegally to seek asylum will no longer be detained after they’ve established a legitimate claim for relief. ... Read more»0

Appeals court upholds Texas abortion restrictions

In a blow to the state's abortion providers, federal appeals judges on Tuesday upheld a state law requiring nearly all Texas facilities that perform the procedure to meet hospital-like standards. ... Read more»0

Texas GOP's gun measures could backfire with minorities

Republican lawmakers backing open carry and guns on campus are heading in the wrong direction for many black and Hispanic Texans who would prefer stricter gun laws, polling shows. It's another disconnect with minorities the GOP might regret. ... Read more»0

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