While its students enjoyed the waning days of 2013 as a reprieve from schoolwork, the University of Dallas was eyeing the new year with trepidation. On January 1, Obamacare's contraception mandate was set to kick in, meaning the school would have to start offering free contraception under its insura ... More >>
Placing tough new rules on abortion clinics is just common sense, according to common sense fanatic Rick Perry. He says that House Bill 2--the new law requiring all abortions to be performed in surgical centers, by a doctor with admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles -- will ensure "that ... More >>
Any old state controlled by aging Republicans can pass laws to dramatically restrict access to abortion. It's what you do when your state faces poverty, drought and a ton of other pressing issues that you'd rather not deal with. But making the anti-abortion laws stick is the real challenge. Texas is ... More >>
The version of sex ed taught to Dallas ISD students, which is representative of what's on offer elsewhere in Texas, is completely absurd. It's tough to reach any other conclusion when the curriculum compares premarital sex to a frog slowly boiling alive in a pot of water and likens condom use during ... More >>
This year, a group of parents and administrators at the Dallas Independent School District embarked on pretty much the most thankless task there is: finding a new sex ed curriculum for the district's students. The job is thankless in large part because no matter what they do, someone's going to get ... More >>
In 2011, as we just cannot seem to stop mentioning, your state legislators cut $73 million from the state's family planning budget, instituted a tiered funding system designed to give family planning clinics any federal dollars dead last, and launched a weird war on the Medicaid Women's Health Progr ... More >>
Let's do this quickly, so you can incorporate it into all the sorrows you're about drown after you leave work today. A state judge has denied Planned Parenthood's request for a temporary injunction that would have allowed them to rejoin the Texas Women's Health Program. According to Mary Tuma, a r ... More >>
For those of you who have been following the ongoing, never-ending, multi-court battle of Texas vs. Planned Parenthood, we'll make this quick: Planned Parenthood is out of the Texas Women's Health Program. Again. For now. Now, let's all heave a huge collective sigh and revisit the longer version ... More >>
Last legislative session, your lawmakers in the Texas Legislature cut $73.6 million from the state's family planning budget, a move which, impressively, has somehow resulted in far fewer patients being served, for more money per patient. Don't ask us how they managed that one. As Emily Ramshaw writ ... More >>
Earlier this week, Judge Jerry Smith of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a preliminary injunction that kept Texas from kicking Planned Parenthood out of the Women's Health Program. It looked as though that was the first step toward a decision allowing Texas to keep Planned Parenthood out ... More >>
When we said yesterday Planned Parenthood could remain part of the Texas's Medicaid Women's Health Program "for now," we didn't know "now" would last less than 24 hours. A Fifth Circuit appeals judge has overturned yesterday's preliminary injunction blocking Texas from kicking Planned Parenthood o ... More >>
As you know by now, locally based Susan G. Komen for the Cure has cut off its funding to Planned Parenthood, meaning it'll no longer help pay for mammograms for women who can't afford them; why, there's Nancy Brinker herself above, attempting to explain Komen's "new granting strategies" concerning i ... More >>
Perhaps you've heard by now: The Dallas-based Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation (don't bother clicking the link; the site's not loading) will no longer be giving grant money to Planned Parenthood, a move Planned Parenthood of North Texas says comes after "anti-women's health groups have repeate ... More >>
The World AIDS Day broadcast from D.C., featuring the likes of Presidents Clinton, Dubya and Obama alongside Bono and Alicia Keyes, is livestreaming here. Tune in for "the beginning of the end," a reference to breaking news that researchers are now a little bit closer to an AIDS vaccine. Tonight ... More >>
Today is World AIDS Day and just one of the ways we're observing the 30th anniversary of AIDS -- an issue important to many of us here at the Mixmaster, in the Dallas arts community, and, of course, everywhere -- is creating our own little panel on the digital (2015) Quilt, sponsored by One and (Red ... More >>
They say they defunded Planned Parenthood. But lawmakers' attack on family planning will cost Texas money, reduce access to healthcare and result in even more abortions.
Bob DeuellThe state Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted yesterday in favor of a bill that would renew the Women's Health Program, a Medicaid-funded program that provides basic women's health care. It was set to expire this year unless the Lege took action, but now that it has the ... More >>
On Sunday, September 14, Bun B, Mike Jones, David Banner, Pleasure P and a host of other artists take over the Palladium Ballroom for 97.9 the Beat's Hip Hop for HIV concert. It's easy to assume that the money collected from ticket proceeds would be donated to HIV and AIDS-related charities, right ... More >>
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Brad Pitt's been wanting to play Dallas electrician and Dallas Buyer's Club founder Ron Woodroof for five years. In an October 18, 1992, Dallas Morning News story I cannot find online, Bill Minutaglio wrote a farewell to Ron Woodroof, who Minutaglio described as a "combative ex-electrician who had a ... More >>
For some the defining question is, "Where were you when JFK was shot?"; for others it's, "Where were you when Challenger exploded?"; for others it's, "Where were you when you lost your virginity?"or even "Where were you when O.J. rode in that white Bronco?" (For the record, my answers are: about to ... More >>
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At the Routh Street Women's Clinic, Charlotte Taft created a controversial feminist enclave and waged war with anti-abortion zealots. Then she questioned her movement's gospeland it all fell apart