Legislation to prevent transgender people from using the bathrooms of their choosing has bit the dust in Texas, after the state House summarily ended its special session without passing it.
On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a restrictive abortion bill into law that would require women to pay extra insurance premiums in order to obtain a “nonemergency” abortion. Detractors of the bill have described the extra health insurance premiums as “rape insurance” since the Texas bill has no exceptions…
Texas is one huge step closer to making abortions harder for women to obtain after H.B. 214, a bill that would prevent private health insurance or plans obtained under the Affordable Care Act from covering most abortions, passed out of the Texas House on Tuesday.
State officials reported a case of what they believe to be mosquito transmission of the Zika virus in Hidalgo County, Texas, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. If their findings are corroborated, this would be the first known instance of local mosquito transmission of the virus within US borders since last fall.
At least ten people are dead and more than 30 have suffered major injuries in a tractor-trailer estimated to have been carrying up to 100 undocumented immigrants in Texas. The bodies were discovered on early Sunday morning at the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart.
On Thursday, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed a lawsuit challenging a Texas law that bans a common abortion procedure.
On Wednesday, a group of 15 teenage girls, dressed in brightly colored gowns, stood in front of the Texas State Capitol to participate in one of Latin American culture’s most cherished traditions: the quinceañera.
A lot of people give Florida a hard time for producing the most insane news items, but it’s high time Texas got credit for being just as batshit, though far more organized.
The outsides of 849 rape kit containers being held in police storage in Austin, Texas have been partially covered in mold.
Texas nurse Genene Jones, a suspect in the murder of up to sixty children, has been indicted for two murders, both of which date to 1981. The New York Times reports that Jones was indicted in Bexar County in the deaths of 2-year-old Rosemary Vega and 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer. According to the Bexar County District…
Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into a law House Bill 3859, which allows religious (and tax-payer funded!) foster care and adoption agencies to deny services “under circumstances that conflict with the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs.” In other words, when this law goes into effect,…
The Associated Press reported on Sunday that, months after researchers published findings indicating Texas has the highest rate of pregnancy-related deaths in the United States and the developed word, Texas lawmakers failed to take significant steps to address the issue before the end of their legislative session.…
On Monday, the last day of Texas’s legislative session, some state lawmakers engaged in what seemingly the entire media has tacitly agreed to call a “scuffle,” which I guess is the word for grown men exhibiting their prejudices and shooting off death threats at one another, allegedly.
Despite the tremendous economic repercussions of North Carolina’s transphobic “bathroom bill,” Texas is doing its best to push a version of that legislation forward.
After a lengthy battle, a judge finally blocked Texas from cutting Planned Parenthood funding from Medicaid in February. Then in April, Donald Trump signed a bill that allows states to refuse to reimburse Planned Parenthood with Title X family grant program or Medicaid money. Texas has followed up this win with a…
On Sunday evening, Texas Governor Greg Abbott appeared live on Facebook where he enthusiastically signed a bill banning sanctuary cities in his state. The first-term Republican governor, who scribbled his signature with flourish, did not provide the public with any advance notice regarding this signing.
Texas state representative Victoria Neave is going on a four-day hunger strike to protest a Texas House bill that targets sanctuary cities. On Sunday, the rookie Dallas lawmaker attended mass and accepted a Communion wafer. She will not eat again until Wednesday, after the legislature votes on Senate Bill 4. Neave told
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Two married Houston neurologists were nearly deported after immigration officials refused to extend their temporary permission to remain in the United States. The move would have uprooted Dr. Pankaj Satija and Dr. Monika Ummat’s lives (the couple has two small children), in addition to possibly jeopardizing those of…
According to senior immigration officials, ICE agents are targeting sanctuary cities during their deportation raids in an attempt to force those cities to cooperate with federal immigration agents, CNN reports.