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Researcher Interviewed 600 Women At Texas Abortion Clinics

Elsa Vizcarra tells us what she learned firsthand about how the state’s abortion laws are affecting Texas women.


A health care provider interviews a patient at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston in 2013.


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In recent years, several new regulations on abortion have become law in Texas – and not without some corresponding legal challenges. Now, some researchers are gathering analytical and anecdotal evidence of just how those laws have affected women around the state.

Researchers from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at the University of Texas are going about this by, among other things, talking with some 600 women seeking abortions at clinics around the state.

Elsa Vizcarra traveled to 12 different clinics, and in the waiting rooms, she'd strike up conversations with women between the ages of 18 and 44 and interview them about their experiences.

In the audio above, she tells producer Michael Hagerty what she found.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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