Heidi Group Scam Highlights the Dangers of Playing Politics with Women’s Health Care

Texas investigators have ordered the anti-abortion Heidi Group to repay at least $1.5 million to taxpayers for overpayments and other alarming irregularities while contracted with the state to provide reproductive health care services to women. The group, which served only a fraction of the tens of thousands of women it promised to provide services for, got the money in the first place because anti-abortion lawmakers booted Planned Parenthood out of the state's women's health program four years ago. We just sent out the following press release pointing to how the Heidi Group scam highlights the dangers of playing politics with women's health. Read More

Texas Health Curriculum Standards Overhaul Veers Off Course Out of the Gate

In a state that long has had one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation, it's clear that the state's abstinence-focused curriculum standards for health and sex education need an overhaul. But that's not how abstinence-only politicians on the State Board of Education see things. Information TFN has obtained through an open records request shows the first revision of the health standards in more than two decades already appears headed off the rails toward another unnecessary culture war  battle -- this time with the health of millions of Texas students on the line. Check out the press release we just sent out. Read More

Just how extreme has the Texas Senate become under Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick? The chamber just passed a bill forcing women to carry to term a fetus suffering such a severe anomaly that it cannot survive. And the bill's author claimed he was just closing a 'loophole' in the law. Another cruel lie. Another anti-abortion law. We sent out the following press statement. Read More

State Rep. Jeff Leach has brought up one inflammatory anti-abortion bill after another as chair of the Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee this session. This past week's hearing drew testimony from hundreds anti-abortion extremists, many celebrating the possibility of executing a woman who ends her pregnancy early for any reason. Enough is enough. Today we joined with partner organizations to call out Chairman Leach for abusing his position of authority to bully, denigrate and shame women who have an abortion. Read More

Religious-righters and other anti-abortion activists are hailing the Supreme Court's decision in favor of fake women's health centers that oppose abortion. The court essentially said a California law requiring those organizations to tell women the truth likely violates free speech protections in the First Amendment. Yet Texas is still enforcing a law requiring abortion providers in real health centers to give misleading information to their patients. What about their free speech rights? Read More

Scott Braddock

So, we were told repeatedly that the whole point of the #SaveChikFilA bill was that they should be free to do whatever they like. Now that they're doing something different, as a private business, the same people who pushed the bill are blasting them. Ok. #TxLege