Texas Senate Votes for Final Passage of Texas Abortion Bill, 19 to 11
By Albert N. Milliron
The Texas Senate passed House Bill 2 (HB-2) bill restricting abortions past 20 weeks and increased facility requirements would be mean that only surgical centers could provide abortions. Further, HB-2 would require that doctors performing abortions would have admitting privileges in nearby hospitals.
Currently, out of the 42 existing abortion clinics in Texas, only six meet the HB-2 requirements. These numbers led to the misunderstanding that Texas legislators where trying to severely limit or fully ban abortions within the state.
The Texas legislature had allocated an additional 100 million dollars to women’s healthcare in the current session.
Texas Governor Rick Perry says he will sign the legislation.
Texas Passes Bill to Ban Late-Term Abortions
After a day filled with pro-abortion threats, pro-life people hiding in secure areas of the capitol fearing for their safety, jars of feces and urine and protestors disrupting the Senate proceedings, democracy finally prevailed.
Members of the state Senate approved the bill to ban late-term abortions on a 19-11 margin on second reading. The chamber then approved the bill in third reading by the same 19-11 vote.
The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks and hold abortion clinics accountable by making them meet basic health and safety standards that have closed facilities in other states that are unable to comply. The bill also requires all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and lastly, requires a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.
Protesters amp it up as abortion vote nears
The Senate gallery was quiet through seven hours of debate until several women stood to chant, “All we are saying is give us a choice” — including one who chained herself to a balcony railing. Women in another section loudly proclaimed the vote to be a “farce.”
After the demonstrators were removed, Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, appealed for calm from bill opponents, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced that one more outburst would result in the gallery being cleared.
Debate opens on divisive abortion bill
State Sen. Royce West of Dallas, about two-and-a-half hours into the discussion on House Bill, tried to show that there was a procedural error leading up to the debate. After some intense, but out-of-earshot conversation in the well of the Senate, West withdrew his complaint.
The debate ramped up 16 days after the last attempt to pass limits on when a woman can end her pregnancy and under what conditions ended with a 13-hour filibuster followed by pandemonium in the Senate gallery.
In the moments before the chamber was scheduled to convene, hundreds of demonstrators on both sides of the emotion-charged issues flooded into the Capitol hoping to have their voices heard.
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