Texas House passes restrictive abortion measure
July 10th, 2013
01:04 PM ET
10 months ago

Texas House passes restrictive abortion measure

Austin, Texas (CNN) – The Texas House of Representatives approved a measure Wednesday that would place broad new restrictions on abortions in the state.

A state Senate committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to send its version of the bill to the full Senate.

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  1. ReaganLives4Ever

    Why do democrats want to rule against the will of the people? They are obstructionist. The party of no. What is their plan? Why can't they agree with common sense solutions to a societal problem? Why do democrats dislike the country?

    July 10, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Jill Elizabeth

    W. Don't lump all of us into that mold. I am as far from my community as u can get when it comes to religion, state government policy,and rights of the less fortunate. I will leave as soon as my job here ends for sure.

    July 10, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Joe Rockbottom

    Once again the republicans impose their beliefs on everyone else. The fact that anyone else getting an abortion does not harm them one single bit does not occur to them.

    Next up: deny as many democrats as possible the right to vote. Should be easy for this unethical gang of troglodytes.

    July 10, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. mike

    hopefully some group files suit in federal court to stop the agressive republican talibans agenda

    July 10, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Jerry

    Don't these politicians have anything else better to do than to worry about what a woman does and her body.

    July 10, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    The GOP has a long history of doing what it wants instead of following the will of the people, but why does the GOP hate America and Americans so much? How could they possibly be elected to any office given how much they're destroying America and what we stand for?

    July 10, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. California

    Democrats take baby steps to eventually get their agenda done. They call it a strawmans argument when you bring up their end goal and when their end goal is met they literally say either SO or SO WHAT.

    July 10, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Glenn

    A small fetus is no more alive than your finger. Are both warm and full of blood? yes. Are both full of human DNA? yes. Are both capable of producing adult humans? yes(finger by cloning theoretically) Are either one capable consciousness? no

    July 10, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Ryan in Texas

    Of the 27 European nations, only 3 allow abortions at or past 24 weeks. 2/3 of European nations limit it to 12 weeks.
    So 20 weeks is very reasonable.
    No abortion clinic will be forced to close. The will simply have to comply with safety regulations. If they choose to close for reasons of profitability, there will still be plenty of options. Texans accept that they must travel to the larger cities to get specialized medical care.

    July 10, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. justjared

    Texas is now my favorite state. My love for Texas is bigger than all the other states!

    July 10, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Dannielle

    i am sorry for those of you who all believe it is just about keeping abortion clinics closed. if you actually paid any attention to any of the debates yesterday or last week, you would have been educated on the huge impact this is going to have on all women across the state. and to "California" to ask, "what idiot needs more than 5 months to make a decision to save or abort?" you must either be a man or one incredibly stupid female who has NEVER carried a child.

    July 10, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. rs

    mike

    The act of restricting abortion isn't always an issue of religion. Maybe its an issue of Liberty and Decency and Respect for Life. Just because somebody is pro-life doesn't doesn't make them Christian, or a member of any other religion at that. I think we need to show a little more respect for ourselves.
    _____________________
    While I would argue that isn't the case here, let's be blunt- Republicans DON'T respect life. Their environment policies are attrocious- and rapidly damaging our environment. A party that wants to end Medicare and Social Security would bring endless suffering to the sick and elderly, and it is well documented that the GOP loves you right up until you're born- then watch out!
    No, this is all about rights- and the GOP is taking them- from minorities, women and voters.

    July 10, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Joe Rockbottom

    "Why do all of you want to kill babies? There are loving families out there waiting years to adopt."

    If that is the case, then why are their so many children that are not adopted? Mainly because the right wingers are hypocrites. If they really cared, they would adopt all orphans on the spot. No questions asked.

    BTW, why do right wingers take away rights to medical care and make it harder for families to get medical care?

    The right wingers are the most anti-family people on the planet. They HATE families as evidenced by their war on decent medical access to all people.

    July 10, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. downwithnazis

    I sure hope Rick Perry's sister makes plenty o' money out of this. Right wingers – phooey on ya.

    July 10, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. TMR

    What a bunch of complainers on this forum. All you hear is "Texas" and "abortion" and all the left wing goons come out. You don't even know why you are upset. From USA today – "The bill requires doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers and ban abortions after 20 weeks." Gee, sounds like plain old common sense to me. If you're GOING to have an abortion, decide it before 20 weeks (which quite honestly is more time than one should need to make that decision) and have it done appropriately and not in a clinic where medical complications could occur and they may not be prepared to deal with.

    July 10, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. KYConcernedCitizen

    Another great step backwards into ignorance and oppression for the GREAT state of TEXAS (please feel free to read that last part with the most utter contempt you can muster)

    July 10, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. California

    Pro-Life
    Pro-Death

    It's your choice.

    July 10, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. rs

    Ryan in Texas

    Of the 27 European nations, only 3 allow abortions at or past 24 weeks. 2/3 of European nations limit it to 12 weeks.
    So 20 weeks is very reasonable.
    No abortion clinic will be forced to close. The will simply have to comply with safety regulations. If they choose to close for reasons of profitability, there will still be plenty of options. Texans accept that they must travel to the larger cities to get specialized medical care.
    ______________________
    What about the part of the law that requires clinic doctors having priviledges in local hospitals? This law also blocks hospitals from making clinic doctors residents. It isn't simply a matter of adding some equipment, this law madates that clinics become full-on surgical suites. That is why there will be only 5 clinics in the whole state of Texas. I thought the GOP didn't like over-regulation?

    July 10, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Sharky

    @Ryan in Texas–

    Last time I checked, the US was NOT Europe. But I see you want the US to be more like Europe huh. Ok then usher in Socialism and end the Death Penalty. Texas will be in big trouble.

    July 10, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Why do all of you want to kill babies? There are loving families out there waiting years to adopt."

    And the Catholic Church is huge into the adoption business, frequently selecting only Catholic families for placements. Starting to get the picture with respect to their opposition to abortion? It all goes straight back to trying to create a larger "flock" to tithe.

    July 10, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. bcw

    Without access to proper women's health care, women have to deal with long waiting of doctor appointment. Evetnaully, the population of women in Texas will drop and leave the men there alone by themselves. Who wants to live there and raise children. it will be more diffucult for girls to grow-up there.

    July 10, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Jack

    The problem is thre is no punishment for the men who are guilty of an unwanted pregnancy in women. Well, here's a solution. Any man that gets a woman pregnant who is denied an abortion–that man should undergo mandatory sterilization and maybe have a small red A tattooed to his cheek. Let's see then if all these men would vote to ban abortion.

    July 10, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Buddy

    Good. Fewer babies will be murdered in Texas and a lot of baby killers will have to leave the state to make a living killing babies.

    July 10, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Sam

    In the 1860's it was the GOP using backhanded political tactics to overcome the blind obstructions of the Democratic party in their effort to end slavery.

    In 2013, it appears, it is the backhanded political tactics of the GOP to overcome the Democratic obstructions to a society where "life" is a first and most important right: supercedent to "choice" in a specific (co-opted) sense of the word.

    I don't like the tactics that were necessarily employed, but I applaud the GOP for working toward a more inclusive, fair and just society on this issue. Nobody should be granted the right to choose whether another person lives or dies.

    God bless Texas, Ohio and Wisconsin. Hopefully more states follow suit.

    July 10, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Sharky

    The GOP cracks me up here. They get angry and to nuts over the new definition of marriage, and wanted to disallow same s e x marriage, but they have no problem defining when life begins, even though the bible does counter when life begins. But hey nice seeing the hypocrisy from the right in this case.

    July 10, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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