Abortion

Special Session
2:03 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Texas House Gives Final Approval Of Abortion Bill

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas House has approved HB 2, the controversial abortion bill, on a vote of 98 to 49 without the addition of any amended changes.

The bill now heads to a Senate committee and a final vote on the bill is expected during the early part of next week.

The bill will ban abortion after 20 weeks and mandates that all clinics be upgraded to ambulatory surgical centers and have a doctor on staff that has admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away. It also calls for doctors to follow all the FDA guideline for the drug RU-486.

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Special Session - Abortion
12:36 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Senate Dems Board Orange Tour Bus To Take Abortion Debate Across The State

Senate Democrats rally outside the capitol before heading out to hold hearings on the special session abortion bill.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Senate Democrats rallied at the capitol and then boarded a big orange "Stand with Texas Women" tour bus to take the abortion fight on the road.

Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, who is the chair of the Democratic Caucus, had initially requested the entire Senate take committee hearings on the road. When that request was denied, Stand With Texas Women chartered their own.

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Texas Legislature
10:14 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Senate Committee Wraps Testimony on Texas Abortion Bill

Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 8:33 am

Update: The Senate Health & Human Services Committee public hearing on Senate Bill 1 wrapped up just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. Senators did not vote on the bill.

Original Story (July 8, 10 a.m.): The Senate Health & Human Services Committee is holding a public hearing today on a bill that would limit access to abortions in Texas.

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Special Session - Abortion
3:01 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Republicans Prepare For Democratic Stalling Tactics

Sen Patrick and his fellow Republicans are vowing to do everything in their power to clear the controversial abortion bill.
State of Texas

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services begins debate on the abortion bill this Monday at the state capitol and Republicans are preparing for anything the Democrats throw at them.

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, estimates the bill will take about two weeks to get passed and said he doesn't see Democrats using a "nuclear option" and leaving the state ahead of a final vote on the abortion bill.

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Government
10:32 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The One House Republican Who Is Voting Against The Abortion Bill

Texas Rep. Sarah Davis (center) at the Women's Healthcare Coalition press conference in February.
Sarah Davis for State Representative 134 Facebook

Of the 95 Republicans in the Texas House only Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston, has vowed to vote against the House abortion bill coming up for a vote this week.

"The kicker in the bill was the part that required any physicians performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic," Davis said. "The Texas Hospital Association has made it clear and testified last night that the hospitals would not actually credential any physicians in that manner, so the bill will effectively end all abortions in the state of Texas."

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Special Session - Abortion
12:56 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Abortion Measure Clears Committee On Party-Line Vote

Eileen Pace TPR News

The House State Affairs Committee voted 8 to 3 to approve House bill 2, the controversial abortion bill, without hearing the testimony of 1,000 people who had signed up to speak.

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Special Session
5:12 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Over 1,600 Signed Up To Speak At Tuesday's Abortion Hearing

Last night's pro-choice rally on the steps of the state capitol was a carry-over from the initial rally at noon earlier in the day.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Following a second late night rally, crowds once again gathered at the state capitol ahead of a committee hearing on abortion restrictions and bans.

Late Monday night at the capitol the group Rise Up Texas rallied people ahead of today’s committee hearing, urging them to sign up to speak.

House State Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Bryon Cook, R-Coriscana, cut off testimony after 10 hours during the last special session.

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Special Session
2:54 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Senate Committees Act Quickly On Transportation/Juvenile Justice Bills

Ryan Poppe TPR News

It took two separate Senate committees less than 10 minutes to pass a set of transportation funding and juvenile justice bills that are similar to those seen during the first special session.

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, who authored the transportation bill from the first session, said many in the Texas House were not comfortable with a hard $6 billion ceiling for money from the Rainy Day Fund that will be transferred into transportation funding.

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Special Session
12:20 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Two-Thirds Rule Suspended, Challenges Ahead For Dems In Special Session

Eileen Pace TPR News

Same bills, same state lawmakers, different set of voting rules.

During the regular session and the first special session, the Senate operated under the the two-thirds rule, a tradition of voting that ensures at least two-thirds of the Senate floor has an interest in debating an issue before a bill reaches the Senate floor.

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It's All Politics
10:13 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Texas Abortion Fight Follows Familiar Pattern

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis at an abortion-rights rally in Austin on Monday.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 6:47 pm

For many watching the abortion fight in Texas, it's deja vu all over again.

Abortion-rights protesters once again gathered Monday at the state capitol building to express their outrage at the Legislature's attempt to further restrict abortions in the state. The images from Austin looked a lot like the previous week's when state Sen. Wendy Davis famously filibustered to stop the legislation from passing.

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