Abortion

83rd Legislature
12:21 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Texas Lawmaker's 11-Hour Filibuster Ended On A Technicality

State Sen. Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, dons pink tennis shoes during a Tuesday filibuster.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 9:42 am

By midnight Texas time, it was all over but the parliamentary inquiries. After a nearly 11-hour filibuster attempt by state Sen. Wendy Davis to block sweeping restrictions on abortion, the Republican-dominated Texas Senate successfully shut down the filibuster on points of order. (See update at the bottom of this post.)

"This is probably the worst night that I've experienced since I've been in the Senate, maybe since I've been in public life," said state Sen. Kirk Watson, a Democrat from Austin.

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Government
2:34 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Lawmakers Point Fingers At Abortion Bill Failure

Dan Patrick, 2010.
File photo.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is speaking out against lawmakers in the Texas House he says failed to get an abortion bill back to the Senate outside the range of a filibuster. However, some senators say it’s the Republican leadership that is to blame. 

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The Source - June 24, 2013
1:44 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

The Source: Summertime Heat Safety | 'The Takeaway' Comes To KSTX

Centers For Disease Control

In the first segment:

Every year 658 people die across the country from overheating and as the summer heats up we are all at risk of feeling the effects. Texas, California and Arizona make up 40 percent of all heat-related deaths. What can we do about it?  Who is at risk?  

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Special Session - Abortion
11:04 am
Mon June 24, 2013

House Passes Abortion Bill At 3 A.M. Second Reading

With a surge of abortion debate, the special session has turned the state capitol into a battleground for women's rights.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

House Democrats stalled a vote on a set of abortion bills as long as they could this past weekend, forcing House Republicans to sit through dozens of amendments that ranged from changing the language of the bill to tactics that would have killed the legislation.

At just after 3 a.m. on Saturday, the House took a second reading vote on all abortion measures, which passed.

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Texas Matters
3:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Texas Matters: The State Of Abortion In Texas

Office of the Governor

Republican efforts to greatly restrict a woman’s right to an abortion in Texas failed in the regular legislative session. But in a special session, things move faster, and it’s more difficult for the minority party to derail legislation.

Despite efforts by Democrats to slow down the anti-abortion bills Thursday night by filling a house committee hearing, causing the session to run until almost four in the morning, the bills appear to be on their way to eventual passage and becoming law.

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Government
11:17 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Lt. Governor Dewhurst Tweets Senate Abortion Bill Was About Ending Abortion

Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst
Campaign photo Wikimedia Commons

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst took to Twitter on Wednesday to say that a senate abortion bill was about ending abortion in Texas.  

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Special Session
12:09 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Senate Drops Several Key Abortion Bills In Order To Pass One During Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry announces his support for a bill preventing abortions after 20 weeks last December.
Office of the Governor

Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, the author of the 20-week fetal pain abortion bill, withdrew his own bill in order for lawmakers to pass something related to abortion during the special session.

Hegar said he abandoned his bill because of poor of timing.

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Special Session
11:25 am
Tue June 18, 2013

With One Week To Go, Special Session Still Debating Abortion, Transportation & Redistricting

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Some House Republicans feel that too much time is being spent debating abortion legislation during the special session and not enough time on roads.

The House first assigned a set of four abortion bills to a select committee on Monday, giving the bills a later start than their Senate companions, but despite that there are some who feel the bills have a fighting chance.

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The Source - June 12, 2013
2:02 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

The Source: Abortion In The Legislature | San Antonio Parks

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

The special session has taken on some added weight this week with the addition of several bills splitting the legislature from its initial redistricting focus. Most controversially, the fetal pain abortion bill has been revitalized in Senate Bill 5.

Terri Burke, executive director of the Texas American Civil Liberties Union, joins us along with San Antonio Coalition for Life Executive Director Matt Schima.

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Special Session
4:50 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Abortion And Juvenile Capital Punishment Added To Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry announces his support for a bill preventing abortions after 20 weeks at the Source Pregnancy Center in Houston. Photo: December 2012.
Office of the Governor

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, has one of about six bills that address some aspect of abortion in the special session. Patrick said his bill would hold institutions like Planned Parenthood to strict guidelines when dispensing the Plan B abortion pill the abortion pill (mifeprestone), a set of pills that medically ends a pregnancy and can be used up to 9 weeks after the woman's last period.

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