TEXAS: Omnibus Anti-Choice Abortion Bill Now in Special Session. Help Stop It.

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There are, very likely, going to be even more people in Texas who are going to be turned away from abortions VERY SOON. Yesterday, there was VERY bad news:

Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday added new abortion regulations to the Legislature’s special session workload, measures long pushed by conservatives that could signal two weeks of fierce ideological debate after an unusually harmonious regular session.

The governor’s office asked lawmakers to consider imposing more controls on abortion, abortion providers and facilities. […]

But Perry made it clear Tuesday he hasn’t forgotten the issues close to the hearts of his conservative base, saying in statement: “The horrors of the national late-term abortion industry are continuing to come to light, one atrocity at a time. Sadly, some of those same atrocities happen in our own state.”

“In Texas, we value all life, and we’ve worked to cultivate a culture that supports the birth of every child,” Perry said. “We have an obligation to protect unborn children, and to hold those who peddle these abortions to standards that would minimize the death, disease and pain they cause.”

During a special session, lawmakers can only consider topics Perry directs them to work on. Still, in hopes the governor might add abortion to the call, Republican Sen. Bob Deuell, a physician from Greenville, already filed a bill requiring abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers.

If approved, it would mean that 90 percent of abortion clinics statewide would either have to spend millions to upgrade their facilities or shut down.

The bill is Senate Bill 5 (SB5), introduced by state senator Glenn Hegar.

Here are how special sessions work in Texas:

The purpose of aspecial session is to focus attention on a particular problem or to respond to a particular crisis. These sessions may last no more than thirty days and may only consider agenda items specified by the Governor. This places a premium on the precise wording used when the Governor calls for a special session.

Because special sessions are supposed to be used to deal with crises, they have more lax rules for voting. They don’t need a quorum and this can pass with a simple majority of whoever is there. There is a REAL fear that this bill will pass, nearly destroying access to abortion in the state of Texas.

Governor Perry’s press release about adding the abortion issue to this special session.

Last night, Lilith Fund, the abortion fund that services south and central Texas, tweeted what exactly SB5 will legislate (it’s horrific):

The Texas Legislature has decided to include abortion in its special session. SB 5 would close all but 5 clinics in our 268,000 square-mile state, regulate medication abortion (the abortion pill) almost out of existence, and ban abortions after 20 weeks, hurting lower-income women in particular.


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Written by messwatx

2013/06/15 at 5:09 pm

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