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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259 comments

William C
William C2 months ago

Thanks for the news.

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W. C
W. C2 months ago

Thank you for the information.

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Edvanir L.
Vanie L4 years ago

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.

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clara h.
Clara H4 years ago

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!

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

Fanatics will be fanatics...

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Jan G.
Jan G4 years ago

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.

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Berny p.
Berny p4 years ago

MAY BE ONE DAY TEXAS WILL GROW UP!

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Natasha Salgado
natasha s4 years ago

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

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Peg R.
Peg R6 years ago

Dan O
You are so right!

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Colleen S.
Colleen S6 years ago

This is utterly ridiculous!! It will never pass.

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