*The initial publishing of this story incorrectly spelled Tom Pauken's name as Tom Paukin.
Texas Matters: The proposal to carry out a "border surge" as part of Congress' immigration overhaul could turn areas of Texas along the Mexico border into a militarized zone. Also on this episode: Texas and the Affordable Care Act, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken, and Kolten Parker, a reporter in the San Antonio Express-News Austin bureau, talks about DPS and jars of feces.
Texans are learning to live with a new anti-abortion law, which will shut down 37 of the state’s 42 abortion clinics. The law bans abortion after 20 weeks, requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, restricts the use of the abortion drug RU-486 and requires clinics meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.
For the border region of the Rio Grande Valley, this means women will have little choice but to turn to dangerous alternatives to deal with an unwanted pregnancy.
Texans are learning to live with a tough new anti-abortion law that will shut down 37 of the state’s 42 abortion clinics. The law bans abortions after 20 weeks, requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a near-by hospital, restricts the use of the abortion drug RU-486, and requires clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.
The Democratic Caucus in the Texas Senate has submitted a letter to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst requesting that lawmakers be allowed to study how family planning and better women’s health services could help reduce the number of abortions.
The Democratic Caucus wants to know how much actual funding goes into women’s healthcare and family planning.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, said a study of these issues leading up to the next legislative session would reduce unplanned pregnancies and the need for abortions.
Gov. Rick Perry joined fellow anti-abortion lawmakers and advocacy groups at his side to sign into law House Bill 2, the controversial abortion bill tightening requirements on clinics that perform abortions and banning the ability to have an abortion after 20 weeks into a pregnancy.
Update: Gov. Perry is set to sign HB 2 in a ceremony this morning, July 18, at 9:30 at the state capitol.
Original Post: Thus far, no lawsuit against the State of Texas has been filed -- that would only come after Gov. Rick Perry signs the bill into law -- but even after the governor signs it, Terri Burke, the executive director the ACLU of Texas, said a lawsuit wouldn't be filed until 90 days later.