Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Texas House passes 20-week abortion ban with clinic regulations

Today, by a vote of 96-49, the Texas House passed a prolife law which will ban abortions after 20 weeks and require abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.  The Texas Senate will likely vote on the legislation either later this week or next week. The legislation gained national attention when pro-abortion Senator Wendy Davis filibustered the bill. 

Lawmakers spent more than 10 hours debating it Tuesday, and Republicans rejected every attempt to amend the bill. Throngs of protesters were missing for Wednesday's mostly procedural vote after days of protests by supporters and opponents.

The bill requires doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers and ban abortions after 20 weeks.