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Brief: Texas passes restrictive abortion bill

Brief: Texas passes restrictive abortion bill

Brief: Texas passes restrictive abortion bill
July 14
13:07 2013

TS Johnson / Web Editor

After numerous protests, filibusters and pleas by citizens coming from every corner of Texas, the omnibus abortion bill, better known as HB 2, was passed on the evening of July 12.

 

With more than 2,000 protesters chanting outside the capitol building, the bill passed with a vote of 19-11, just before midnight.  

 

The bill will be one of the most restrictive on abortion in the nation and includes a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, requires abortion doctors to have admitting capabilities at nearby hospitals and also requires that all abortions be performed in surgical centers.


Texas Governor Rick Perry, who will sign the bill into law within the next few days, said
“today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life.”

Democrats in the Senate offered 20 different amendments, but all were declined by the Republicans in the house. Some of the Democrats were unwilling to give up the fight and promised to appeal the bill. 

“There will be a lawsuit. I promise you,” Dallas Sen. Royce West said.

Information was gathered from various reports.



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