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Listen In, Lubbock: Reproductive health in rural Texas

Keren Carrion
Bowie Central Hospital closed on February 4th, 2020, ahead of the pandemic. Overgrown plants cover the “Emergency” sign at the hospital

The Texas Tribune recently published a series about reproductive health in Deep East Texas. Reporters found that teenagers struggle to find sex education and contraception. And if you’re pregnant, at any age, you might have to drive a town or two over for maternity care. This series looked at the issue behind the Pine Curtain, but it is a challenge rural Texans face across the state.

Pooja Salhotra, The Texas Tribune
Eleanor Klibanoff, The Texas Tribune

Helpful links:

For teens in Deep East Texas, accessing sex education and contraception is next to impossible from The Texas Tribune

After a hospital stopped delivering babies, Deep East Texas faces a growing maternity care crisis from The Texas Tribune

Rural Healthcare: The Other Texas Drought from Texas Tech Public Media and The Texas Newsroom

Sarah Self-Walbrick is the news director at Texas Tech Public Media, where she leads the news team and focuses on underreported stories in Lubbock. Sarah is a Lubbock native and a three-time graduate of Texas Tech University. She started her career at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Julia is the Morning Edition Host and a radio producer with Texas Tech Public Media. She graduated with her bachelor's in electronic media and journalism from Texas Tech University, and her master's in mass communication also from Texas Tech University. She also is an adjunct professor of journalism at TTU's College of Media and Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @_julsew_.
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