July 8th, 2013
06:48 PM ET
9 years ago

Both sides of abortion debate weigh in on Texas 'fetal pain' bill hearing

Austin, Texas (CNN) - The divisiveness of the abortion debate was on full display in the Texas statehouse Monday as SB1, also known as the fetal pain bill, was opened to public comment by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Thousands began lining up early in the morning, and the testimony was expected to last more than 16 hours.


Filed under: Abortion • Texas
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. kay

    This is what happens when the media treat lies as a valid opinion.
    There is no dispute about foetal pain. All American and global medical associations have made it clear that there is NO EVIDENCE of foetal pain WHATSOEVER.
    At any rate, foetuses DO NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY NERVE CONNECTIONS to feel pain at 20 weeks.
    Debating this is like debating whether the earth is flat.
    As long as conservative hard right fanatics are allowed to toy with women's health and media outlets like CNN allow them to lie that foetuses feel pain and the morning after pill causes abortion, American women will continue to die in ever greater numbers, and by allowing the false equivalence to continue, that blood is partly on the hands of the mainstream media.
    Well done.

    July 8, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Ron L

    The thing I find most troubling about the recent anti-abortion laws is, it DOES NOT just focus on stopping abortions after 20 weeks. They put several other restrictions or inflict unnecessary intrusive procedures on women who may be seeking one after a few weeks. You see it is a veiled attempt to control (and I chose the word carefully) a women's reproductive decision process. This is what is so alarming to so many pro choice supporters. And THE MOST insulting a deceitful thing about what is happening is the manner in which these recent laws have been passed. The supporting legislatures are acting like thieves in the middle of the night. This will backfire on them, it is just a matter of time.

    July 8, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Leave it women's choice. It is her body. Let these religion idiots stay away from this.

    July 8, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. ChirsC

    If this bill passes, it will be overturned just like the one in Arizona. A federal court in May 2013, Struck down an Arizona law banning abortions after 20 weeks. Just a waste of time and Lots of money for the citizens in Texas.

    July 8, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. S. B. Stein

    This should not be taking up so much legislative and judicial time. Why do people who want all the children born can't get the women all the medical care they need as well cover the needs of the children so that they don't end up on death row which these pro-birth people also favor?

    July 8, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  6. truth hurts but reality bites

    These are all common sense restrictions on abortion. Do not claim to be concerned with women's health and then fight against measures that ensure their safety and well being. Abortions after 20 weeks, FIVE MONTHS, is unconscionable. At that point, the baby is viable outside the womb. Killing it under the guise of "healthcare" is another liberal sham. It is infanticide, murder.

    It seems the Democrats and far left zealots want abortion on demand, for any reason, right up until the babies due date.

    And in the hypocrisy of the century dept. these are the same liberals that want to regulate and tax your 2nd amendment rights into oblivion in order to "save lives". They claim the 2nd amendment can be restricted to just about any extreme, yet they refuse to accept ANY reasonable restrictions of abortion.

    Come on hypocrite liberals. You can't have it both ways.

    July 8, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  7. Evergreen

    These new restrictions will only affect poor women. Women of means will always be able to afford birth control and in case of an unwanted pregnancy they will be able to travel to a non-restrictive state or even out of the country. But women with all ready few options will be producing children they cant afford in a state that is cutting assistance to poor children. Hunger also has a pain that can be measured.

    July 9, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  8. Debbie

    When "the State" can force reproduction and control peoples bodies then we are no longer a democratic republic but a totalitarian state.

    July 9, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  9. Thomas

    Windy Davis for Governor .

    July 9, 2013 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  10. John in Brooklyn

    Wow! How enlightened. The Republicans are actually holding HEARINGS before they pass draconian anti-women legislation. Reminds me of the Queen of Heart's court in "Alice in Wonderland". Oh, that's right, Republicans don't think it's also important for people to read literature either.

    July 9, 2013 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  11. rickey roland

    We have no right to take the life of an innocent living baby , and yes birth begins at conception

    July 9, 2013 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  12. W.G.

    It also hurts to get shot ! Yet the republicans started 2 wars !! It hurts also to starve and live in the streets !
    Yet it doesn´t seem to bother republicans ! Rick perry is going to try and ruzn for pres. It´s Obvios now
    why all the republican gerry mandering of counties and the attack on minority votes ! Perry could not
    win honestly but trhis way the republicans can make way for him . Sure there´ll be other repub .
    candidates but they´ll be phased out .

    July 9, 2013 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  13. W.G.

    We don´t need another "Texas Yahoo" for pres. Look at how Thru "W"BUSH the republican rich

    July 9, 2013 02:51 am at 2:51 am |