Cecile Richards wanted to see for herself how much the religious right was expanding its influence in the halls of Texas government. So in January 1995, Cecile attended her first State Board of Education meeting, watching how religious-righters on the board were hijacking textbook adoptions to promote their political agenda. "It's worse than I imagined," she scribbled on a note to a friend at the meeting. One month later, on Feb. 17, 1995, Cecile founded the Texas Freedom Network as a counter to the radical right in this state. As we celebrate the organization's anniversary 25 years later, TFN is still that counter to far-right extremism -- but it's become so much more. Check out our press release today. Read More

The 86th session of the Texas Legislature is history. Lawmakers left town on Monday following a session that, generally speaking, had fewer of the culture war fights we've come to expect. You can attribute that to elections, and it seems the results of last November have elected officials worried about their fates at the ballot box in November of 2020. Still, on certain issues — like abortion — lawmakers seem all-too willing to continue to pass extremist laws based on lies at the expense of Texas women. Here's our overview of what came of this session on the issues we followed. Read More

We just sent out the following statement on the end of the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature. Read More

The Texas House just gave preliminary approval to SB1978, an anti-LGBTQ bill masquerading as legislation supporting religious freedom. The House must still pass the bill on third reading. The Senate has already passed it. We just sent out the following press release. Read More

The Senate just gave preliminary approval to an amended version of SB1978, the religious right's so-called "Save Chick-fil-A" bill shielding businesses that promote discrimination against LGBT Texans. We just sent out the following statement:…… Read More

Jane's Due Process

BREAKING: A bright spot at the end of a long Thursday...wait. Yes, it's Thursday. Anyway, Judge Yeakel just granted another order allowing TX providers to provide medication and some surgical abortions! #AbortionIsEssential pic.twitter.com/5f2P…