Despite GOP Support in House, Bill to Provide Contraception to Low-Income Teens Stalls in Senate

Texas has one of the highest teen birth rates in the country, with almost 27,000 babies born to teen mothers in 2017, and thehighest rate of repeat pregnancies among teens. Experts say poor access to reproductive health care for women and abstinence-only sex education are largely to blame.

A bill attempting to mitigate the problem — by adding contraception coverage to the state health program for low-income teens and children — received enough bipartisan support to pass the House, but...

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