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Texas House approves sweeping abortion restrictions

Posted by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 7:33 AM
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AUSTIN, Texas | Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:20am EDT

(Reuters) - The Texas House of Representatives approved sweeping abortion restrictions on Tuesday, including a ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy and tougher standards for clinics that perform the procedure.

The vote of 98-49 came after a full day of sometimes emotional debate. Before the measure can head to the state Senate, it needs a final vote from the House, which is expected on Wednesday.

The House approved the same proposal during a previous special session of the legislature, but it failed to pass in the Senate after Democratic Senator Wendy Davis staged an 11-hour filibuster that gained national attention.

Planned Parenthood, the country's largest provider of abortions, says the proposed stricter standards for clinics could cause all but six of the 42 abortion facilities in Texas to shut down. Bill author Republican Jodie Laubenberg said no facility would be forced to close.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican who opposes abortion, called lawmakers back to Austin for a second special session to reconsider the proposal. Most lawmakers in the Republican controlled Senate favor the bill.

Since the second special session began on July 1, thousands of Texans have packed the Capitol to testify at hearings, hold rallies and march.

After the vote on Tuesday, bill opponents crowded the area outside the House chamber, chanting "Defense! Defense!" to cheer on lawmakers who voted against the bill and were emerging from the legislative chamber.

During the debate on Tuesday, Representative Jason Villalba, a Republican whose wife is expecting a baby boy, spoke passionately in favor of the bill while showing his colleagues a sonogram picture of "my son."

"We fight this fight because of innocent human life," he said.

The 20-week provision - a version of which has been passed by a dozen states - is based on controversial research suggesting fetuses feel pain at that point in the pregnancy.

Bill opponent Representative Senfronia Thompson, a Democrat, unsuccessfully proposed an amendment to exempt victims of rape and incest from the 20-week provision.

"I don't think that you want to traumatize (a) young woman by making her carry a child that her stepfather has impregnated her with, or her father," Thompson said.

Thompson held up a coat hanger to make the point that women may be forced to turn to unsafe abortion methods.

Last week, two states imposed new abortion restrictions.

Ohio stripped funding from Planned Parenthood and put new requirements on those performing and seeking abortions. Wisconsin passed a law requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound and new requirements on doctors performing abortions. A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked a portion of that law.

(Reporting by Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Lisa Shumaker)

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jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 7:37 AM
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Yes, they will shove this bad bill through - it will happen.

candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 10, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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Students for Life Block Planned Parenthood Bus With Pro-Life Signs

by Steven Ertelt | Austin, TX | LifeNews.com | 7/9/13 12:19 PM

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The Planned Parenthood bus bringing in pro-abortion activists to lobby at the Texas legislature today was no match for the pro-life college students — mostly women — from Students for Life of America. They surrounded the bus with pro-life signs.

             











The pro-life students also infiltrated the Planned Parenthood rally.

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prommy
by Silver Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 8:19 AM
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 I honestly don't understand how people can be against the 20 week part of this bill. If the baby can feel pain it is barbaric to kill it.

candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 10, 2013 at 8:21 AM
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My husband was listening to the radio either Friday or Saturday and they were talking to some college kids on the way to Austin from Detroit who were going to support life.   They started out with 6 vans and on the way picked up so many that they turned into 8 bus loads.   How awesome is that. People continue to say that young people support abortion.

prommy
by Silver Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 8:26 AM
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Quoting candlegal:

 

Students for Life Block Planned Parenthood Bus With Pro-Life Signs

by Steven Ertelt | Austin, TX | LifeNews.com | 7/9/13 12:19 PM

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The Planned Parenthood bus bringing in pro-abortion activists to lobby at the Texas legislature today was no match for the pro-life college students — mostly women — from Students for Life of America. They surrounded the bus with pro-life signs.

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pro-life students also infiltrated the Planned Parenthood rally.

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 A very noticeable difference between : 

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Watch: Abortion Supporters Chant Hail Satan While Pro Life Activists Sing Amazing Grace

MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I agree with you on this point.  One of our granddaughters was born at just 24 weeks and is now coming up on her 2nd birthday.  I can not imagine waiting beyond 20 wks of pregnancy to have an abortion because you simply decide you want one.  Really?  What the hell have you been doing for 20 wks?  That baby is moving and doing amazing things in the womb!  The big argument -- and only argument is when these babies have severe abnormalities which would make life painful, very limited for them  or when it's literally killing the mother.  I see that and UNDERSTAND the reason for an abortion.  Rape, incest too.   Why do women need to push the envelope to the extreme for NO reason except their indecisiveness?  It's not like returning a dress. 


Quoting prommy:

 I honestly don't understand how people can be against the 20 week part of this bill. If the baby can feel pain it is barbaric to kill it.


 

prommy
by Silver Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I agree with you on this point.  One of our granddaughters was born at just 24 weeks and is now coming up on her 2nd birthday.  I can not imagine waiting beyond 20 wks of pregnancy to have an abortion because you simply decide you want one.  Really?  What the hell have you been doing for 20 wks?  That baby is moving and doing amazing things in the womb!  The big argument -- and only argument is when these babies have severe abnormalities which would make life painful, very limited for them  or when it's literally killing the mother.  I see that and UNDERSTAND the reason for an abortion.  Rape, incest too.   Why do women need to push the envelope to the extreme for NO reason except their indecisiveness?  It's not like returning a dress. 

 

Quoting prommy:

 I honestly don't understand how people can be against the 20 week part of this bill. If the baby can feel pain it is barbaric to kill it.

 

 

 I agree 100%!

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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The only reason anybody would get an abortion at 20 weeks for "convenience" is because there are so many goddamn restrictions on abortions that it made it impossible for her to get one earlier.  I pretty much guarantee the only reason these are done is for medical reasons, nobody is just changing their mind.  


Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I agree with you on this point.  One of our granddaughters was born at just 24 weeks and is now coming up on her 2nd birthday.  I can not imagine waiting beyond 20 wks of pregnancy to have an abortion because you simply decide you want one.  Really?  What the hell have you been doing for 20 wks?  That baby is moving and doing amazing things in the womb!  The big argument -- and only argument is when these babies have severe abnormalities which would make life painful, very limited for them  or when it's literally killing the mother.  I see that and UNDERSTAND the reason for an abortion.  Rape, incest too.   Why do women need to push the envelope to the extreme for NO reason except their indecisiveness?  It's not like returning a dress. 


Quoting prommy:

 I honestly don't understand how people can be against the 20 week part of this bill. If the baby can feel pain it is barbaric to kill it.





afrocolombia
by New Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM



Quoting prommy:

 

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I agree with you on this point.  One of our granddaughters was born at just 24 weeks and is now coming up on her 2nd birthday.  I can not imagine waiting beyond 20 wks of pregnancy to have an abortion because you simply decide you want one.  Really?  What the hell have you been doing for 20 wks?  That baby is moving and doing amazing things in the womb!  The big argument -- and only argument is when these babies have severe abnormalities which would make life painful, very limited for them  or when it's literally killing the mother.  I see that and UNDERSTAND the reason for an abortion.  Rape, incest too.   Why do women need to push the envelope to the extreme for NO reason except their indecisiveness?  It's not like returning a dress. 


Quoting prommy:

 I honestly don't understand how people can be against the 20 week part of this bill. If the baby can feel pain it is barbaric to kill it.



 I agree 100%!


me too

lga1965
by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 9:14 AM
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When I was in college and until just recently,I would have done exactly what these Pro Life students are doing.
Then I grew up and realized that it's none of my business and I became Pro Choice.
I was a self centered Conservative when I was a college student. Now.Im a moderate who doesn't force my.opinion on other women.
Choice. Choice. Choice.


Quoting candlegal:

My husband was listening to the radio either Friday or Saturday and they were talking to some college kids on the way to Austin from Detroit who were going to support life.   They started out with 6 vans and on the way picked up so many that they turned into 8 bus loads.   How awesome is that. People continue to say that young people support abortion.

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