July 18th, 2013
04:26 PM ET
1 year ago

In conservative states, abortion pushback with an eye toward Roe v. Wade

Washington (CNN) – When Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed some of the country's toughest abortion restrictions into law on Thursday, his state joined a growing number of those strategically pushing the limits of federal abortion rights that have been in place for 40 years.

"In signing House Bill 2 today, we ... cement the culture of life, which Texas is built upon," Perry said during the signing ceremony. "Children do deserve the respect of simple recognition before their lives are cut tragically short."

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Perry signs abortion bill into law
July 18th, 2013
12:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Perry signs abortion bill into law

Updated at 12:29 p.m. ET on 7/18

Austin, Texas (CNN) - Amid heightened security, beaming supporters, and chants of ‘shame’ from dozens of black clad abortion-rights activists, Gov. Rick Perry signed Texas’ controversial Fetal Pain bill into a law Thursday.

“In signing House Bill 2, we celebrate further the cementing of the culture of life which Texas is built upon…children do deserve the respect of simple recognition before their lives are cut tragically short,” Perry said.
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Filed under: Abortion • Rick Perry
July 14th, 2013
01:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Perry defends strict abortion law in Texas

(CNN) – The bill placing new curbs on abortion that passed the Texas legislature last week isn’t anti-women, Gov. Rick Perry argued Sunday.

The contentious bill, which was filibustered last month by state Sen. Wendy Davis, bans abortions past 20 weeks of gestation, among several other provisions. It was approved by the Texas House on Wednesday, and the Senate voted Friday to send the bill to Perry.
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Filed under: Abortion • Rick Perry
Feminine hygiene products among items confiscated at Texas Capitol
July 12th, 2013
06:04 PM ET
4 months ago

Feminine hygiene products among items confiscated at Texas Capitol

(CNN) – As the Texas Senate debated a controversial measure placing new curbs on abortion on Friday, protesters at the state Capitol in Austin were prevented from bringing potential projectiles into the galleries, including feminine hygiene products.

Multiple people tweeted photos and descriptions of the search process and a Texas Department of Public Safety officer confirmed to CNN that security officers confiscated unopened feminine hygiene products for a time, but later allowed those items in.
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Filed under: Abortion • Texas
N.C. House passes restrictive abortion bill
North Carolina's Capitol building in Raleigh has been the scene of debate and protests over a restrictive abortion bill.
July 11th, 2013
07:57 PM ET
1 year ago

N.C. House passes restrictive abortion bill

(CNN) - North Carolina's House of Representatives passed a restrictive abortion bill Thursday with a 74-41 vote. The bill now heads to the state Senate for approval.

The bill would place requirements on clinics that family planning advocates say would make it hard for them to stay in business. Among the requirements is the presence of a doctor when an abortion is being performed.

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Filed under: Abortion • North Carolina
Texas abortion bill a step closer to law
July 11th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
1 year 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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Filed under: Abortion • Texas
Legislators' secretive abortion bill fuels #vaginamotorcycles
July 11th, 2013
11:02 AM ET
1 year ago

Legislators' secretive abortion bill fuels #vaginamotorcycles

(CNN) - If at first you don't succeed, ride in on a motorcycle.

Conservative legislators in North Carolina trying to get a new restrictive abortion bill passed have done just that.

House committee members refashioned a bill on motorcycle safety into one principally about abortion after the state's governor threatened on Wednesday to veto the anti-abortion measures.

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Filed under: Abortion • North Carolina
Texas House passes restrictive abortion measure
July 10th, 2013
01:04 PM ET
1 year 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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Filed under: Abortion • Texas
Texas House tentatively passes restrictive abortion measure
Opponents of the abortion bill walk in circles around supporters of the bill as a committee holds hearings on the bill at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday, July 2.
July 9th, 2013
09:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Texas House tentatively passes restrictive abortion measure

Austin, Texas (CNN) – The Texas House of Representatives tentatively approved a measure Tuesday that would place broad new restrictions on abortions in the state, paving the way for the contentious legislation to become law.

H.B. 2 cleared the lower chamber 98-49 after hours of debate over proposed amendments. A final vote on the bill in the House will take place Wednesday. The Texas Senate is debating a similar measure.
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Filed under: Abortion • Texas
Wendy Davis: Disputed Texas abortion bill likely to pass
July 9th, 2013
01:32 PM ET
1 year ago

Wendy Davis: Disputed Texas abortion bill likely to pass

Austin, TX (CNN) - Two weeks after her marathon filibuster against new abortion restrictions in Texas made her instant political celebrity, reality has set in for State Senator Wendy Davis.

Following the launch of a "Stand with Texas Women" bus tour with fellow Democrats to oppose the state's hotly contested abortion bill, Davis conceded to CNN the measure is likely to pass.
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Filed under: Abortion • Texas • Wendy Davis
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