Jessica Montoya Coggins

Jessica Montoya Coggins
Confronting The Reality Of Anti-Abortion Centers

Confronting The Reality Of Anti-Abortion Centers

At twenty, Maleeha found herself with an unplanned pregnancy. She had come to America just a year before and was a college student in north Texas. Maleeha had been on birth control and didn’t think it was possible for her to be pregnant. After eight pregnancy tests, though, she

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
A DACA Anniversary Amid Uncertain Future

A DACA Anniversary Amid Uncertain Future

Over the weekend the Biden Administration celebrated the twelfth anniversary of DACA with a poignant video highlighting several Dreamers who have benefited from the policy. The acknowledgment of the anniversary arrives as the Obama-era program has been hobbled by a hostile court system and faces a potentially grimmer future.  In

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
Supreme Court Tosses Abortion Medication Challenge

Supreme Court Tosses Abortion Medication Challenge

Earlier today the Supreme Court, in an unanimous decision authored by Brett Kavanaugh, tossed a lawsuit that was seeking to revoke the FDA approval of mifepristone, one of two drugs used in a medication abortion. Kavanaugh’s opinion made it clear that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, a conservative medical

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
Threats To IVF In Texas

Threats To IVF In Texas

Ever since a surprise ruling in Alabama, advocates for IVF have been apprehensive that the procedure could be threatened in states like Texas, which is under essentially a total abortion ban. Though many Republicans lawmakers in Texas are downplaying any threats to IVF in the state, there are warning signs

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
Problems Plague Affordable Housing Agency

Problems Plague Affordable Housing Agency

Republican leaders in the state, especially Governor Abbott, love touting the economic successes of Texas. Despite drastic positions like banning abortion, enacting permitless carry, and implementing a host of other ‘cultural’ issues like banning Diversity and Inclusion programs on state campuses, the people are flocking to Texas. But moving here

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
Texas Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Abortion Ban

Texas Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Abortion Ban

On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court finally issued a ruling in a widely anticipated case concerning the state’s strict abortion laws. In a unanimous decision, the Court declined to uphold a challenge brought forth by several plaintiffs that were seeking to clarify the medical exemptions to the abortion ban

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
A Brief History Of Pride In Texas

A Brief History Of Pride In Texas

With many cities kicking off their June Pride festivities this weekend, we thought we could take the time now to look back at some of the most important moments in Texas Pride History. The June Pride month commemorates what is now known as the Stonewall uprising, an important moment in

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
The Progressive Outreach In Rural Texas

The Progressive Outreach In Rural Texas

For years, it seemed almost a given that numerous races in rural Texas would go uncontested, and whatever candidate had Republican on the ballot would automatically win. Now, a major organization is trying to challenge that dynamic, and pouring in resources to ensure that rural counties can have a fighting

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
Pressure Grows For Mike Miles To Resign

Pressure Grows For Mike Miles To Resign

Houston ISD Superintendent Mike Miles was already feeling the heat from teachers, school workers, and community members over a myriad of issues at the state’s largest public school district. And that was before a deeply damaging report emerged that showed the top education official was allegedly funneling taxpayer dollars

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
Christy Stratton Is Now Ready To Soar

Christy Stratton Is Now Ready To Soar

To say that the last few weeks for Christy Stratton have been overwhelming is likely an understatement. When I simply asked the longtime television writer, and Fort Worth native, how she was doing, she sounded almost philosophical as she pondered her answer. That’s not surprising because it’s only

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
Texas Sues To Stop Gun Safety Legislation

Texas Sues To Stop Gun Safety Legislation

Last month the Biden Administration announced new gun safety legislation that would require any individual who sells firearms outside of sporting or gun stores to conduct a background check on a potential purchaser. This rule, which amends legislation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Safety, would formally end what

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
A Texas Tussle Over Title IX

A Texas Tussle Over Title IX

After the Biden Administration announced new guidelines about Title IX, the landmark 1972 legislation that bans discrimination based on sex in education, both the Governor and Attorney General of Texas made it clear they will not comply. Last month, the Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona unveiled new regulations pertaining to

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
A Geothermal Project Kicks Off New Wave Of Energy Sources In Texas

A Geothermal Project Kicks Off New Wave Of Energy Sources In Texas

Earlier today, Bedrock Energy announced the completion of a new geothermal project at Penn Field in Austin. The energy company worked with the developer CIM Group to create a geothermal borefield as well as a heating and cooling system for the campus that houses several technology and media companies. The

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
A Primer On The Comstock Act

A Primer On The Comstock Act

As abortion continues to play a major role in Texas and national politics, a law from the nineteenth century keeps getting mentioned: the Comstock Act of 1873. And ever since the Arizona Supreme Court upheld an abortion ban that dates back even earlier to before it was even a territory,

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
Deepwater Oil Facility Off Texas Coast Forges Ahead

Deepwater Oil Facility Off Texas Coast Forges Ahead

This week a proposed deepwater oil-export facility that would be built just off the Gulf Coast near Brazoria County in Texas took major steps forward, against the wishes of several environmental groups. Enterprise Products Partners L.P. originally filed for the permits to start building the Sea Port Oil Terminal

By Jessica Montoya Coggins