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7 Texas Abortion Bills That Didn't Get Filibustered

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This weekend, the Texas Senate voted to pass HB 2, the abortion bill that state Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered two weeks ago.

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:39 am
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"Come and Take It" Battle Cry from the American and Texas revolutions.

This weekend, the Texas Senate voted to pass HB 2, the abortion bill that state Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered two weeks ago. The law bans most abortions after 20 weeks, requires clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and requires abortions to take place in ambulatory surgical centers. The law will likely close all but 5 of the state's 42 clinics. Gov. Rick Perry has confirmed he'll sign the bill into law, possibly as early as the middle of this week.

While Davis' 11-hour stand focused national attention on this bill, Texas lawmakers have quietly slipped at least seven other bills onto the legislative agenda that would restrict women's access to abortion. All of them have been proposed since the July 1 opening of the special legislative session called by Gov. Perry to force a vote on HB 2 after Davis and her supporters successfully stalled the first vote. These special sessions are unique in that a bill only requires a simple majority to pass rather than the two-thirds majority required during a regular session.

With that advantage in hand, the state's Republican lawmakers have gone on an abortion restriction spree. Here are the bills they've proposed in the last two weeks:

Abortion access

SB 9: Sponsored by Sen. Dan Patrick, who also sponsored Texas' sonogram bill, SB 9 would require that abortion-inducing drugs be dispensed only at abortion clinics. Combined with the bill that passed last weekend, this means women could have to travel for hours to obtain mifepristone and misoprostol, the FDA-approved drug regimen used for early non-surgical abortions. The law then requires them to return to the clinic for a follow-up appointment 14 days later.

HB 17: This bill would prohibit sex-selective abortions. Abortion rights advocates consider such bills, which have passed in several other states, tangential and unenforceable ploys to further restrict abortion rights.

HB 26: If passed, this bill would require women to fill out a "coerced abortion form" before the procedure, confirming they are acting voluntarily. The bill's vague wording leaves room for a physician to deny an abortion if they believe she seems coerced—even if that's not indicated on the form or said by her outright.

Abortion and minors

HB 18: Though Texas requires parental notification and consent for a minor to get an abortion, currently minors may bypass that requirement by way of a court petition. This proposed law would further complicate the red-tape-heavy process in a number of ways, including eliminating an existing rule that allows minors to move forward with the procedure if a judge does not rule within two days of a hearing.

HB 27: Taking HB 18 even further, this bill would extend the amount of time a court has to consider a minor's initial request for an abortion (and subsequent appeals) from two to five days. It would also require minors to testify about their reasons for wanting an abortion, be evaluated by a state mental health counselor, and prove their maturity with examples like "traveling independently" and "managing her own financial affairs."

Sex ed and abortion

HB 50: This bill aims "to reduce the occurrence of abortions and the use of abortion facilities" by creating a public education program encouraging men to support women with unexpected pregnancies. That might not be a terrible idea, but the bill says that any state agency can work on the program (pregnancy info brought to you by the Texas Department of Transportation?!) and that they can't contract with any health-care providers, facilities, or advocacy groups to educate the public.

HB 22: If passed, this bill would prevent any affiliate of an abortion provider from providing information on sexuality or family planning for sex ed curriculums. That means any information at all, whether it's related to abortion or not. So Planned Parenthood, for example, which offers abortions (though they make up just three percent of their services, nationally) would be barred from providing any information—about women's health, STDs, contraception, etc.—for use in Texas classrooms.

And across the aisle…

Democrats have proposed a few bills during this special session to counter the stream of antiabortion legislation. SB 23 would prevent hospitals from denying admitting privileges to abortion-clinic doctors on the basis of where they work. Another measure, HB 45, mandates that all abortion laws passed in the Texas legislature from now on can't go into effect until 60 days after Texas abolishes the death penalty.

By: Hannah Levintova | Mother Jones Magazine |


Sue H (7)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 8:04 am
Shameful. Stop The War on Women!!!

Jae A (316)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:45 am
OH yes..leave it up to the great hate state of Texass. If only they cared as much for the born as do the unborn..especially for the poor ,orphaned, and or homeless children in their state. .

Sue Matheson (79)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:57 am

Jim P (3257)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:34 am

The women need to get out and vote those g o p pukes and baggers out of office ASAP, period.

Ty, Kit.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:39 am


Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:42 am

Ridiculous notion, Jae. Those Texans that support these bills care about those in utero, only. Once born the children become a burden on the state, TAKERS.

Workin' on it, Jim. Really working on it.

Jim P (3257)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:46 am
lol... Keep workin' it, workin' it... lol...

Jim P (3257)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:48 am
Best laugh I've had all day...


Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:55 am

Yes, sir! We will be working it - promise. We aim to please, Jim.

We poor ole slovenly democrats are working the phone, and the mail of course some less direct means are being employed. It seems that Texas democrats and even some of the republicans are finally tired of having our traditions and our money hijacked by these phone people with cruel intentions.

I know most have long forgotten that Texas is a democratic state, we must win back our state.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:02 pm
Thank you keeping us informed! I wonder when we will start hearing about eleven-year-old girls having babies and Republicans gushing about it? This is not at all unlikely. I knew a little girl who was around that age who was taken to have an abortion. I will never forget about her plight. I just can't comprehend how children can be abused. I also wonder how long it will be before we begin to hear about young women dying along with their babies after botched abortions because the mother's rights have been take away and the clinics have been shut down. Women, we must fight back before it is too late!

Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:07 pm

Thank you, Bryna. I am hoping that these laws will have to come before SCOTUS and by the laws currently standing, each state that attempted this should find that state's rights do not trump Federal laws.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:10 pm
Thanks to Kit and everyone else for the comments! Keep up the good fight Kit! I sign every petition I can get my hands on. Oh, and it isn't just Texas that's under threat and has been overrun by these thugs. States all around the country have been take over by them, and if we aren't careful the entire nation will fall into their control. I've been saying this from the day Bush was given the election. When he became the Governor of Texas and the thugs gerrymandered the state, their plans were set into motion.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:35 pm
Thanks Kit--extraordinary post.

Lona G (80)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:08 pm
Now if we could only get everyone to vote for the Democrat's HB 45, [which[ mandates that all abortion laws passed in the Texas Legislature from now on can't go into effect until 60 days after Texas abolishes the death penalty.
I like that one because that will only happen when Texas' hell freezes over.

Thomas P (280)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:39 pm
Noted...thanks Kit. Let's hope SCOTUS will surprise us and bring an end to this part of the assault on women's rights.

Mike M (40)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:49 pm
I would think SCOTUS will side with Texas and any other state on destroying womens rights or anything that they are told to do by those who are not elected but rule the country almost completely

James Maynard (84)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:54 pm
I like HB 45 Kit!

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:11 pm
Noted. And, lets' not forget that ALEC and other groups are funding the elections of these nutjobs...all over the country. They have oodles of money. That means we have to have People Power and raise our voices very loudly in the crowd surrounding the TX legislature did around midnight after Wendy Davis' great filibuster.
I have no doubt that anything passed will be followed by a lawsuit. That is where we seem to cut them back down to size. It's really unfortunate that this all must be done, though, because it takes precious time and effort away from so many other issues that are economically important to all of us. This is a bogus fight against the rights of women....a distraction by a party sinking in it's own s**t.
I'd read several months ago online that there was a renewed effort in upcoming months to "turn TX blue." I see this is actually happening, and I'm very glad for the good people of TX...they are stepping up, and I applaud them.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:16 pm

Jim P (3257)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:44 pm
I really do not want SCROTUS to hear nor revisit Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).

With the current makeup of the Supreme Court, and considering what happened with
recent decision on the Voting Rights Act, SCROTUS may change to favor what is currently
happening in Teaxass and in other states.

Are any of you wanting to see Roe v Wade go to the Supreme Court... possibly get changed,
overturned, a phrase, a few words changed, a section removed, eliminated...

I'm not and we all must fight to retain women's right to choose their own health program, choices, without interference of poorly informed lawmakers, church groups, religious organizations.
right-wing zealous groups, misogynists and others.


Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:47 pm
I love HB45, very creative. If it doesn't pass, could it be reworded in such a way that Republicans won't understand it and re-introduced? Shouldn't be TOO hard.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:46 pm
Arbitrary divisions of the proletariat. Nationalism, sexism, racism, and xenophobia serve the interests of the ruling class in a big way. These major divisions prevent the formation of solidarity, the most potent weapon in the working class arsenal. "Divide and conquer" has ever been the strategy of ruling minorities, because they know in the dark recesses of their hearts that sufficient numbers will defeat their lawyers, guns, and money.

The oppression of women - a division of the toilers right down the middle - has been with us since the establishment of class society approximately 7,000 years ago, and is an organic component of modern capitalism.

For more insight into the role that sexism plays in class society, readers can study The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the Stateby Frederick Engels, available through Pathfinder Press.

For more insight into a good read go to the link below:
As we become new people we will be learning many lessons through smaller defeats victories and stalemates American workers have to develop an abiding faith in democratic principles and our own abilities and we have to relearn how to win fights
In the words of that old ruling class warrior Winston Churchill Americans always do the right thing after they have tried everything else first

pam w (139)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:39 pm
As much as I like and respect women...I'm beginning to wonder why the women of Texas aren't SCREAMING IN THE STREETS?

Are they too idiotic to understand how laws like this are demeaning, dangerous and detrimental to them?

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:46 pm
I liked the last proposal best...and suspect several will waste taxpayer dollars because it is inconsistent with case law--especially federal law.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 5:44 am
Propaganda, indoctrination via the Churches and society of where people are living, assuming that all is well and had been taken care of long ago, assuming Rights will always be there, education that holds less critical thinking and more memorization, the list is only a few reasons why people don't understand.....but I do feel they need to do a quick catch up.

This is also another fascinating article that might help and lead to some understanding.
Where the Heck Is the Outrage

Winn A (179)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 6:43 am
If I were a woman of child bearing years I'd move out of Texas. Know one has the right to tell you what you can and can't do with your body. That decision is between a female and her doctor and ultimately it is hers alone.

Anne F (17)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 10:40 am
hard to believe that maturity is a criteria for having a medical abortion, when prenatal care is not required (nor offered affordably in many places in the state.

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 10:00 pm
Read and noted.

To Lena - I agree, but couldn't give a second star. Of course, a picture of Hell freezing over also gave a graphic of TX as a frozen wasteland...Hmmmm
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