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Genevieve Cato is a feminist and a native Texan. When not writing for the Burnt Orange Report, she can be found working to elect pro-choice women to office, tweeting as @blasfemmetx, and drinking copious amounts of pretentious local craft beer.

Poll Finds Answer to GOP Problem With Women Voters: Become Democrats

by: Genevieve Cato

Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

Republicans have a lady problem. In order to try and solve it, two groups, Crossroads GPS and American Action Network, commissioned a poll of 800 female voters across the nation this summer, Politico reports. The goal: identify opportunities to close the gender gap.

The report, entitled "Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities" encourages Republicans to, among other things, "pursue policy innovations that inspire women voters to give the GOP a 'fresh look.'" Unfortunately for the Republican Party, those "policy innovations" are often fundamentally at odds with their existing platform.

More on the outlook for the GOP and women voters below the jump.

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Researchers Struggle to Measure Impact of Abortion Restrictions in Texas

by: Genevieve Cato

Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 05:00 PM CDT

Since House Bill 2 was introduced during a special session over a year ago, opponents of the law have been pointing to the devastating impact the law would have on access to abortion services. As the provisions of the law have gone into effect, many have focused on determining just how the law is changing abortion access for Texans.

The University of Texas Policy Evaluation Project found that the rate of abortions in Texas fell by 13 percent. Though this is a slightly more pronounced shift than the national average, it is not as large a drop as one might expect when over half of the clinics in a state have closed. Part of this is due to the difficulty of measuring the precise impact of the new law, FiveThirtyEight reports

More on the obstacles to tracking the impact of abortion restrictions in Texas below the jump.

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Stigma, Empathy, and TRAP Laws: Later Abortion Care and Reproductive Health

by: Genevieve Cato

Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

On Friday, mere hours before Judge Yeakel issued the ruling finding the Ambulatory Surgical Center provision in House Bill 2 unconstitutional, The National Network of Abortion Funds, the National Abortion Federation, The Reproductive Health Technologies Project,  the Sea Change Program, and Backline held a tweet chat about later abortion care moderated by Steph Herold, Sea Change's Deputy Director.

Later abortion care is not usually a part of reproductive justice talking points, especially not in the political arena. The twenty week ban on abortion procedures in the omnibus abortion bill is arguably the least-contested provision in House Bill 2. For Texans seeking abortion procedures later in their pregnancies, this means that stigma prevents them from accessing legal healthcare in their own state.

More on the tweet chat, later abortion care, and what it means for Texans below the jump.

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Ambulatory Surgical Center Provision Ruled Unconstitutional

by: Genevieve Cato

Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 07:06 PM CDT

Today, U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel blocked the state's requirement that abortion facilities meet the requirements for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC). This provision of House Bill 2 was slated to go into effect on September 1st, and would have left the state with as few as seven abortion providers - approximately one per million women of reproductive age in Texas.

The ruling in the case of Whole Woman's Health v. Lakey also addressed the admitting privileges provision as it applies to two specific clinics: one in the Rio Grande Valley and one in West Texas. Yeakel found that in these areas requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the facility untenable and unconstitutional.

Together, the court ruled, the ASC and admitting privileges "create an impermissible obstacle as applied to all women seeking a previability abortion."

More on the ruling, and reactions to the decision, below the jump.

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Women's Suffrage in the Lone Star State - A Storied History and A Disappointing Present

by: Genevieve Cato

Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 03:30 PM CDT

Women in Travis County register to vote for the first time in 1918
Today is the anniversary of women's right to vote. On this day in 1920, the 19th amendment went into effect and women officially gained the right to vote across the country. Suffragists had been working in Texas for decades long before the national amendment granted all American women access to the ballot box.

You've probably heard of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul - but have you heard of Minnie Fisher Cunningham? She was one of the leaders of the suffrage movement in Texas, and she fought with many women (and some men) to ensure that Texan women could have a say in their government. But how many women still exercise that right?

More on the history of women's suffrage in Texas and the legacy of Texas women's right to vote - and what women's votes mean for Texas' future - below the jump.

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Do You Like Tacos, Beer, and Abortion Funds? The #TacoOrBeerChallenge Is For You!

by: Genevieve Cato

Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

If you have been anywhere near the internet this week, you've probably heard of the #IceBucketChallenge. This truly viral campaign has done an amazing job and raised millions of dollars for an important cause.

But, while you're watching Kirk Watson and Leticia Van de Putte get doused in ice cold water, do you know what you could be doing? Eating a taco, drinking a beer, and donating to a local abortion fund. Enter: #TacoOrBeerChallenge

More on this delicious and decidedly not freezing challenge to increase access to abortion services by raising money for abortion funds below the jump.

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At Least Five Children Deported Back to Honduras Have Been Killed

by: Genevieve Cato

Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 00:30 PM CDT

Despite reports showing violence in their home countries is a key factor to the flight of minors to the United States, many lawmakers are calling for swift court cases and deportation.

The first plane of deported children and mothers was sent back to Honduras last month. At least five of the children deported to Honduras have since been killed in the violence they attempted to escape, the L.A. Times reports

More on this horrifying development below the jump.

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For Over 6,000 Public School Employees Laid Off in 2011, Back to School Doesn't Mean Back to Work

by: Genevieve Cato

Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

It has been three years since the Texas Legislature voted to cut $5.4 billion from education funding, and despite attempts at restoration, our schools are still 6,500 positions short of where they were before 2011. If you lost your job due to a lack of funding, back to school doesn't necessarily mean back to work.

This doesn't only impact teachers - all positions in schools, including support staff, are still hurting from the impact of these cuts. And if these numbers are any indication, this won't be changing any time soon.

More on the impact of a continued lack of funding and its implications for the 2014 elections below the jump.

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Leticia Van de Putte Puts Texas First and Proposes Free Community College

by: Genevieve Cato

Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

In an announcement last week, Leticia Van de Putte addressed an issue that is on the minds of many Texans and their families: the increasingly steep price of a college education. According to the Project on Student Debt, students in Texas graduate with an average of $24,000 in student loans. This number can be even higher for students attending some of the state's most well-known public institutions, like the University of Texas at Austin, where the average student debt is over $26,000.

Van de Putte has a plan to make college affordable for Texas students, and to ensure that all students see college as a possibility in their future.

More on Van de Putte's vision for higher education below the jump.

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Statewide Law Enforcement Endorses Libby Willis for Senate District 10

by: Genevieve Cato

Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Leticia Van de Putte isn't the only democratic lady getting noticed for her commitment to public safety. Libby Willis, who is running to replace Wendy Davis in Texas Senate District 10, was endorsed this month by a statewide law enforcement organization.

The Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, or CLEAT, is the largest law enforcement officers' union in Texas, and they chose Libby Willis as the candidate best prepared to stand up for public safety in the Senate.

Find out why below the jump.  


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