TxPEP research on abortion policy focuses on:
Abortion trends and disparities
Patient experiences and preferences
Judicial bypass for minors
Featured Journal Articles
Border-state Abortions Increased for Texas Residents After House Bill 2, Contraception, 2021.
“People shouldn’t have to rely on abortion funds for essential health care.”
– How Some Texans Are Getting Abortions Despite a Devastating Law, The New York Times.
“The Supreme Court should affirm that abortion later in pregnancy, but prior to viability, is essential health care that cannot be obstructed by restrictions.”
– Abortion Deserts Could Come with Supreme Court’s Next Case, The Hill.
“Anti-abortion ordinances and bills are not going to make Texas’ cities and towns ‘sanctuaries’ for anyone.” – Anti-Abortion Policy Focus Wastes Resources, Hurts Health, Austin American-Statesman.
Research Spotlight: Senate Bill 8
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COVID-19 and Abortion in Texas
TxPEP research published in JAMA, Changes in Abortion in Texas Following an Executive Order Ban during the Coronavirus Pandemic, shows that in-state abortion declined 38% during the COVID-19 executive order. Patients also sought care out of state and were delayed later into pregnancy.
“Texas’ Executive Order during COVID-19 Increased Barriers for Patients Seeking Abortion Care” features interviews conducted with 10 Texas residents seeking abortion while the March 2022 COVID-19 order was in effect. The interviews reveal that the patients encountered numerous barriers to access, risked increased exposure to COVID-19, and faced significant economic and emotional tolls.