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1 big thing: Latinas’ abortions get less attention

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Abortion advocates say Latinas and other women of color are disproportionately impacted by bans and restrictions, but when it comes to lawsuits and news coverage, their stories are less likely to get attention, Axios Latino's Astrid Galvan writes.

Why it matters: The reality underscores the limited resources that Hispanic women have in accessing abortion care, especially since the fall of Roe v. Wade.

  • A recent analysis found that since Texas enacted severe abortion restrictions in 2021, the fertility rate for Hispanic women and teens soared, while it dropped for their white counterparts — suggesting the restrictions have had an outsized effect on Latinas.

Details: The Center for Reproductive Rights in March 2023 filed a lawsuit alleging the Texas abortion ban's exceptions for emergencies were vague and led to people being denied critical health care.

  • An analysis by Muck Rack Trends at Axios' request showed one Hispanic plaintiff netted about 44% fewer news stories than a white plaintiff in the same suit, even though they testified in court on the same day.
  • Roughly 20% of plaintiffs are Latinas, though Hispanics make up 40% of the Texas population.

What they're saying: Lupe M. Rodríguez, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, says the same barriers Hispanic women face when seeking abortions — less access to health care; low-wage jobs with little or no paid time off; in some cases, their immigration status — hinder them from participating in lawsuits.

Molly Duane, the lead Center for Reproductive Rights attorney in the Texas lawsuit, is acutely aware that some of the populations most affected by restrictions are least represented in lawsuits — and she says the contrast in the health care system's treatment of some of her Latina clients and the treatment of her white clients is stark.

  • "It's painful to me that some of those stories aren't getting told as much," Duane says.

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2. Two Latinas tell their stories

Ashley Brandt (left) and Samantha Casiano. Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images; Courtesy of the Center for Reproductive Rights

Samantha Casiano, an East Texas mother of four who is also raising her goddaughter, was excited to learn she was pregnant in 2022.

  • But she was devastated when she found out 20 weeks into her pregnancy that her daughter had anencephaly, a fatal condition in which her baby would be born without parts of her brain.
  • Casiano was told she'd nevertheless have to carry the baby to term, and she couldn't afford to travel out of state for an abortion.
  • In April, Casiano gave birth and named her Halo. She recalls Halo gasping for air for four hours before dying.

Although Casiano was worried about the backlash — some relatives no longer speak to her — Casiano tells Axios Latino she felt she needed to tell her story.

  • "When I met my daughter, I just knew I had to do whatever I could do to make sure that no other babies had to go through that ever, ever again — or any mothers at that — because it was hard. Very, very hard."

Ashley Brandt had to leave Texas for an abortion after one of her twins was diagnosed with a deadly condition that threatened the other twin's life.

  • After telling friends and family about her situation, she was surprised to learn how many had faced similar situations.
  • While she was concerned about how the publicity would affect her toddler son and the twin who survived, she felt she had to speak out.

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3. Inside the Loop

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

🤠 San Antonio got a bit of shine via a vintage Hemisfair license plate shown in Beyoncé's buzzy teaser video for her new album, "Act II." (MySA)

⚾ The San Antonio Missions will sell Manu Ginobili and David Robinson-themed baseball jerseys soon. The former Spurs are part owners of the team. (KENS 5)

💰 River Walk stakeholders are concerned about the future of the destination after years of ongoing disruptions, financial instability and pandemic-related setbacks. (SA Business Journal 🔒)

4. Score big: Spurs, SXSW

When the Spurs played in Austin last year. Photo: John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Spurs and South by Southwest are teaming up for a double-header week of sports and music by offering a ticket combo with discounts for both the game and the festival.

What's happening: The two brands announced a ticket promotion yesterday that features a discounted music wristband for $99 (typically $169 or $189) and a 25% discount on tickets to the Spurs' I-35 Series against the Brooklyn Nets on March 17 in Austin.

How it works: Text SXSW to 210-444-5050 for a link and code to purchase the wristband. Once purchased, Spurs will send an offer link via email to buy game tickets. The offer is available to all Texans.

  • The wristband ensures guests will not pay a cover charge at more than 65 music and comedy showcases running March 11-16.
  • The deal will be available until Feb. 26, while supplies last.
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5. S.A. snapshots: Moody mirage

Edgar Allan Poe-esque views in San Antonio. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

👋 Madalyn here with a moody sight that made San Antonio feel like a scene out of the Pacific Northwest.

Context: I shot this a few weeks ago while walking into the Plaza Hotel for brunch at the new Corinne. It was a chilly and dreary day, but since we don't get many days like it in San Antonio I decided to embrace the cozy vibes for a full day out, rather than hiding under the blankets.

  • The biting wind and puddles on the walk from my car to the hotel made me second-guess my decision — I'm not built for the damp and dark — but this view of the Tower of Americas peeking out of the trees stopped me in my tracks.

My camera roll is home to an array of Tower of Americas snapshots, spanning vibrant Fiesta celebrations to glittering New Year's Eve spectacles.

  • I was happy to add this unique angle of San Antonio cosplaying as Portland to my collection.

Thanks to our editor Chloe Gonzales and copy editors Steven Patrick and Yasmeen Altaji.

😢 Madalyn is sad to learn that Wurst Behavior is closing.

📚 Megan is reading "All the Sinners Bleed" for her book club.