Texas abortion bill a step closer to law
July 11th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
9 months ago

Texas abortion bill a step closer to law

Austin, Texas (CNN) – A Texas Senate committee approved a contentious abortion bill Thursday, moving it one step closer to becoming law.

The Health and Human Services Committee voted in favor of the measure, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks and place new restrictions on clinics that provide abortions.

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  1. Data Driven

    We'll see how many dead women and unwanted children it will take to get this nonsense repealed.

    Meanwhile, Millennials: you up for the fight? You better be. It's all on you now. Most of the rest of us are too old and tired to fight this battle. Your bodies, your selves, Millennials.

    July 11, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Texas totalitarianism in full effect.

    July 11, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. MaryM

    I see the American Tealiban are alive a well in Texas with Ayatollah Perry leading the way.
    Do not worry ladies, If this bill does become law, it will be overturned in the courts just like the Arizona law banning abortions after 20 weeks. Just a waste of time and lots of money for the citizens of Texas.

    July 11, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Steve

    Texas – one of the places in the world actually interested in GOING BACK in human development rather than moving forward. When will these silly outdated ideals be a thing of the past? People really need to grow up.

    July 11, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Steve

    So glad I love in Canada where horrible violations of human rights such as these aren't allowed. Pro-lifers are just scoffed at here.

    July 11, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. nothing new here

    MaryM

    I see the American Tealiban are alive a well in Texas with Ayatollah Perry leading the way.
    Do not worry ladies, If this bill does become law, it will be overturned in the courts just like the Arizona law banning abortions after 20 weeks. Just a waste of time and lots of money for the citizens of Texas.
    ________________
    Agree.

    July 11, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    And every woman who is forced to bear a child the can't care for should be given the name, address and phone number of every knuckle dragger who voted for this mess so they know WHERE exactly to drop them off, because as governor oops said last week, every child has a right to realize his/her full potential. And we all know all those masses of cells were going to grow up to be doctors, lawyers and heads of state, so it's time to start walking the talk righties!

    July 11, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. nothing new here

    I believe a good portion of these abortion bills are going to be thrown out in court.
    In the meantime, I would encourage people to start investing in birth control and good common sense. The best defense is always a good offense, and I encourage people to give $ to any non-profits that will assist in family planning.

    July 11, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. just sayin

    finally common sense and decency rule the day. in this day and age there is almost no excuse for abortions. many forms of birth control are cheap and readily accessible. women using abortion as birth control is just dead wrong. murdering your baby, whether inside or outside the womb, shouldn't be allowed, it is murder. wake up women of america. engage your brain before you have sexual relations. is that too much to ask for?

    July 11, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    The founders of this country, a collection various religiuons and beliefs, would be very sad that a small Christian sect is trying to make this country a narrow Religious Country instead of a free one.

    "In every country and every age, the priest (religion) has been hostile to liberty." Thomas Jefferson.

    July 11, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Republicans have no desire to govern. Want they really want to do is to rule.

    July 11, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. just askin

    Malory Archer
    And every woman who is forced to bear a child the can't care
    -–

    what a lie. nobody is forcing anybody to bear children. women have easy access to all the birth control in the world. they can refuse to engage in unprotected sex. and then if they are irresponsible enough to not do any of those, they can still get an abortion up until 20 weeks.

    the only option removed was murdering a viable human being, a little baby that feels pain when it is murdered.

    July 11, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    just sayin

    finally common sense and decency rule the day. in this day and age there is almost no excuse for abortions. many forms of birth control are cheap and readily accessible. women using abortion as birth control is just dead wrong. murdering your baby,
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    Your argument would make if it were not for the fact that Republicans are in a full scale war to make birth control unavailable, too. Don't forget, the personhood people feel that most forms of contraception are a form of abortion.

    July 11, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Bill Bailey

    Texas, has made a commitment to the past, and no amount of reason or enlightenment will change this fact. It's 1955 again, and the back alley abortion shops will open to celebrate this fact.

    July 11, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Your argument would make if it were not for the fact that Republicans are in a full scale war to make birth control unavailable, too. Don't forget, the personhood people feel that most forms of contraception are a form of abortion."

    It is the personhood people who are driving the car off the cliff, Rudy. Not sure what they plan on doing with the children once born, but I suspect their plan isn't going to be helpful to the mothers (or the dear, dear little babies).

    I'm going with the U had them ... U deal with them talking point.

    July 11, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. just sayin

    Rudy NYC
    just sayin
    finally common sense and decency rule the day. in this day and age there is almost no excuse for abortions. many forms of birth control are cheap and readily accessible. women using abortion as birth control is just dead wrong. murdering your baby,
    ----–
    Your argument would make if it were not for the fact that Republicans are in a full scale war to make birth control unavailable, too.
    -–

    your lies become more and more desperate to try and justify the murdering of babies. prove your insane accusation. you cannot because you are lying, as usual. birth control is every where in this country, many times for free. you do not help your cause by making such absurd statements.

    July 11, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Not sure what they plan on doing with the children once born"

    Their "perfect world" scenario is to make sure as many of them as possible are indoctrinated as good little Christian slave-labor and soldiers. The former to work in the plutocrats' corporations for piddling salaries and the latter to fight the plutocrats' wars of capitalist imperialist convenience.

    July 11, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    "History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose." - Thomas Jefferson

    July 11, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Bill from GA

    The question should not be whether or not abortions should happen but: Why are there so many?

    Can we not control ourselves a little better in this country so that maybe fewer are conceived? Maybe if there were not close to a million abortions per year, the extremists would have less support.

    The righties want this abortion issue brought back to the Supreme court, and the outcome may not be the same, as the 1973 interpretation was not based on any solidly guaranteed Constitutional Rights, but an ambiguous ruling based on a woman's right to privacy. The Constitution makes no specific mention of what those rights are,

    July 11, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Donna

    "Not sure what they plan on doing with the children once born"
    -

    Who is "they"? And why do you think a women's responsibility for her baby and her actions end? We all know children can be terribly inconvient and a lot of work but shouldn't the mother have thought about that before conceiving a child when there are many, many ways to avoid it?

    And besides, there are very long waiting lines for people that want to adopt babies. She can always give them up for adoption and everybody will be happy.

    July 11, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Dallas

    This is beyond disgraceful. Who are these old white bigoted, homophobic 18th century thinking fools who think they can dictate to women! I love living in Texas but Texas politics are beyond disgusting. Unless and until we get rid of all these bigoted Tea Baggers and restore some fairness in the system, I see no hope for our political future. We need to encourage folks like Wendy Davis, Julian Castro and Joaquin Castro to step up and help us in our statewide effort to purge ourselves of these evil elements.

    July 11, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    just sayin wrote:

    your lies become more and more desperate to try and justify the murdering of babies. prove your insane accusation. you cannot because you are lying, as usual. birth control is every where in this country, many times for free. you do not help your cause by making such absurd statements.
    -----------–
    Give us a break. The Congress has been trying to defund Planned Parenthood. Look at this Texas bill, it closes clinics where birth control and conraceptives could be prescribed.

    July 11, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "prove your insane accusation"

    “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.” – Rick Santorum. Oct. 18, 2011"

    I assume birth control is what he was speaking of. Feel free to google past my quote and make your own opinion of what this quote entails. Political pundits opining about the dangers of contraception does put a damper on the whole birth control argument ... yes? If I am not mistaken, Mr. Santorum also opined that sex should ONLY be considered as a method for conception. Without birth control. As have a few other personhood supporters. Paul Ryan comes to mind.

    July 11, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Data Driven

    "engage your brain before you have sexual relations. Is that too much to ask?"

    And that's what you're up against, ladies: judgmental yahoos telling you how to live your sex life. Meanwhile, dudes like this go bareback because they can't "feel" anything with prophylactics on.

    July 11, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Nice, Silence...my favorite from Jefferson on the subject was in his 1817 letter to John Adams:

    "The Christian priesthood, finding the doctrines of Christ levelled to every understanding and too plain to need explanation, saw, in the mysticisms of Plato, Materials with which they might build up an artificial system which might, from its indistinctness, admit everlasting controversy, give employment for their order, and introduce it to profit, power, and preeminence. The doctrines which flowed from the lips of Jesus himself are within the comprehension of a child; but thousands of volumes have not yet explained the Platonisms engrafted on them: and for this obvious reason that nonsense can never be explained."

    July 11, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |