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Texas Considers Bill To Ban Almost All Abortion

Texas Considers Bill To Ban Almost All Abortion

Although this bill is, admittedly, a long shot, a state representative in Texas’ legislature proposed that abortion be banned unless the physician certified that the woman’s life was at risk.  Notably, this does not leave room for abortion in the case of rape or incest (although a spokesperson for Tan Parker, the representative who proposed the bill, says that these provisions may be added if the bill moves forward), and also explicitly prohibits physicians from considering mental health as a potential impairment. 

This bill is particularly disturbing, even if it doesn’t go anywhere, because it wasn’t written by Parker; according to Tim Murphy, writing for Mother Jones, it was drafted by the Grass Roots Institute of Texas, a conservative think tank.  Its founder, Bill Burch, helped propose a bill in February that would stipulate that life begins “at the moment that the initial splitting of a human cell occurs during fertilization.”

Burch’s motivations are clear; when asked about the February bill, he explained, “That bill right there will pass, and we will eliminate abortion in the United States.”

His voice is just one of many anti-choice advocates who have been working to scale back women’s reproductive freedom over the past year or so.  Most recently, Georgia proposed an ordinance that would significantly limit women’s ability to access abortions by requiring that all abortions be performed in a hospital.  New regulations for abortion clinics in Virginia could shut down most of the state’s facilities, and legislation in Indiana would require doctors to inform women about erroneous abortion-related “risks,” like breast cancer.

We’re clearly at a dangerous time with regard to abortion rights, and it’s important to keep an eye on what’s happening at the state level, even if it seems like, as in this case, the most extreme bills are unlikely to pass.  As other states’ legislation has proved, politicians seem shockingly willing to limit women’s ability to access safe, affordable abortion.


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9:30AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Terrible!!! Poor women will suffer much more!! And the TX future isn't going to be prosperous. No State or country is prosperous when there are too many poor children in their frontiars. Just look at 3rd world countries.

11:07AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

If abortion is not available, women will find a way. I remember women using wire hangers & bottles to abort. They could go to someone who does not know what they are doing.To the 2 smiling men in the picture above, if a women & baby die because abortion services were not available........I POINT THE FINGER AT YOU & ALL YOU SIGHN WAVING SHIT FOR BRAINS!

7:33AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Fanatics will be fanatics...

6:35AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Conception is a miracle whereby a unique, new human soul is created. It is a person with the right to live, nobody has the right to decide over this right, including the parents who participated in the process, even if inadvertently.

4:06AM PST on Feb 17, 2013


1:33PM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Women should have a right to choose either way...and that's that. So BUTT OUT.

11:44PM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

Dan O
You are so right!

10:34AM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

This is utterly ridiculous!! It will never pass.

6:22PM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

Rapists shouldn't be spreading their genes. Rapists undoubtedly have antisocial personality disorder (they are sociopaths). There's no sense in creating a duplicate of the dad who rapes and forcing some unlucky family to raise a conduct disordered kid who spends their childhood in and out of youth detention centers. I have much sympathy for the fetus and I'd rather that women didn't get abortions under many circumstances but let's face it, there are circumstances where choice and family planning is warranted. As far as incest is concerned, it's cruel to force a child to carry through with a pregnancy like that. Just cruel. Why pretend that it's done in the name of morality? There's no morality in that kind of cruelty.

11:03AM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

Finally!!! To All of U pro abortion fanatics I have only this to say TO BAD YOUR MOTHER DIDN'T ABORT U,AFTER ALL U WERE NOT A LIFE TILL AFTER U WERE BORN!!!!

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