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


Filed under: Abortion • Texas
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  1. Greg

    People are getting so nasty on here. I know my views are not agreed upon by many, particularly in Texas, where I live. Nor do I agree with others opinions, but we should be able to have open dialogue without name calling etc. that being said, I understand if you are opposed to abortion, I just have never understood why that belief has to translate to law. If you personally don't believe in it, don't have one. Some people don't drink. some people don't eat fatty foods etc, all legal activity that can lead to harmful consequences. it's not the same I know. however, if one doesn't believe in it, can't one just not have one and not pass laws (mostly by men) that tell a woman what she can or can't do with her body? jus asking.

    July 10, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. banana

    Quick Question. How many Pro Life people have children they adopted?? If they haven't adopted a needy child then they need to shut up and mind their own buisiness. That is the problem with society. Nobody focuses on their own problems any more they just focus on everybody elses. The 5 month decision is just the one part of the bill to sway the public but I am sure there are more laws underneath that 5 month law that wouldn't win the support of the public. Also known as the fine print that they don't talk about.

    July 10, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "‘LIBERALISM is a religion, ABORTION is the sacrament’: 55 million murders in 40 years for the convenience of a majority of women who want the ‘freedom’ to screw their brains out, at taxpayer expense, and suffer no consequences! Most Commendable!

    It certainly made college fun!

    PS: Grow up.

    July 10, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. fearlessstoryteller

    No one will agree over the issue at hand, but what's interesting is Texas got a "do-over" to get it the way a select section wanted it. WOW...can we go back to 2000 in Florida with all those hanging chads and have a "Do over" there too until we get it the way we want it? And, I wonder how many of those Texas lawmakers will now be sending their mistresses on "vacation" to some other state when they need to have their abortions. Quite a few, I imagine!

    July 10, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. name

    save lives save lives! for every abortion you choose not to have, you get a free glock! save lives lives!

    July 10, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Violet Weed

    Yet another reason I'm so very glad I live in Texas!!!!

    July 10, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. rh

    I am for abortion rights. But I can't see how an operation can be done without proper precautions available at a moment's notice. I heard some stats on complications, but I have not heard them related to trimester. I know that requiring an ambulatory surgical center on-site is onerous, but how is going to an office to have surgery any better than a back alley?

    A lady who was against the Texas bill said "less than 0.01% complication rate" yet the Women's Center website says "0.3%" (three out of every 1,000 abortions) required hospitalization.

    I think if they required facilities that offered abortions past 15 weeks to have ambulatory care, and those before 15 weeks could operate as before, it would not be onerous. Any woman who has miscarried past 6 weeks knows that the potential for bleeding is significant.

    As for driving 8 hours each way to get a late-term abortion? Don't you owe it to yourself, if you are getting out of the rest of the 9 months carrying and 18 years raising, to spend the 16 hours? I just don't get people who want abortions to be available on every street corner.

    July 10, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Frannie Michaels

    This is absolutely the best news of the day! Way ta go Texas!

    July 10, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. rh

    (and also – can't ANY woman get an abortion done at a hospital, not a clinic, or is it illegal to perform an abortion at a hospital?)

    July 10, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. bem777

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK red team (old dying/out of date white party)!!

    July 10, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. banana

    Oh and one more question!! How many people do you know that lead successful healthy lives that have parents that didn't want them or care about them? If jail is considered successful then I am sure there are plenty!!!!!

    July 10, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Athiest in the Foxhole

    that next measure will be sending leftists overseas where they belong.

    Bill, just so you know the founding fathers of this country would be leftists that should be "sent overseas where they belong" according to your logic (or lack therof). If you want to know who belongs here by the intent of the founders, it is the people who wanted to be free to be individuals.

    You seem to fit more of the hard line conservative nature, and I can think of a few countries with governments that fit the bill of hard line conservative: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Taliban controlled portions of Pakistan. Why don't you go there, teach them about the "right god" once they know that you guys will get along great.

    July 10, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. glk20c

    Opps! Guess it's not such a victory for that one lady legislature the media was heroizing.

    July 10, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. All Life Is Precious

    Please Liberals stop your irrational droning on about Christians only wanting children till they're born then forgetting about them!
    There are thousands of couples waiting to adopt babies. They've been waiting for YEARS BECAUSE YOU KEEP MURDERING THEM.

    If women give up unwanted children for adoption at BIRTH – it would massively reduce the number of children in care. Or are you too stupid to see that?

    A woman has rights over her OWN body – she has no right to decide to terminate the life within her. And btw I am a woman.

    July 10, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. the other part of the story

    Abortions won't be restricted or stop. Every time the debate looks like it may change or restrict abortions, flyers go up in every university bathroom for underground courses on how to perform an abortion. Personally I'd rather see it done in a professional manner than underground from someone who took a free crash course from a nursing student, but it's not may choice– I'm just a voter. –And before anyone attacks me for that, I'm not stating my opinion, just an actual fact I experienced first-hand when I was in college– the flyers were everywhere.

    July 10, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. California

    Liberalism is a mental disease.

    Think how many good people that could of done so much for this world was just killed.

    We could of had a cure fro cancer by now if we didn't kill them in an abortion procedure.

    July 10, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    I wonder what personhood crowd is going to say when they realize that "this one" is the seed of Satan.

    July 10, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Kona

    I hear Walmart is having a special on wire coat hangers!

    July 10, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Steveo

    Wonder why some many abortion clinics are in minority neighborhoods? Google the woman who laid the foundation for Planned ParentHood...Margaret Sanger.. She agreed with the cause of eugenics! Yet minorities are the poor are the bulk of PP clients. Yes, she is long gone but her work goes on! Look it up! The folks she wanted to get rid of are doing it to themselves! Look it up!

    July 10, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. California

    Abortion is just a way democrats are trying to control the worlds carbon footprint. Do the world a favor libs and take your carbon footprint down to ZERO.

    July 10, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Country Girl

    Yet another reach of government into an area of a person's life where it doesn't belong. I'd like to know how a state which practices the DEATH penalty can vote this way. If it is not our right to decide who should live and who should die while in the womb, then it is not our right to decide in criminal cases. A life is a life is a life. If you decide it begins at 20 weeks, then TEXAS, you need to eliminate your death penalty. This is simply a case of pandering to an extremely vocal group who feels they have the right to tell a woman what to do with her body. If you are going to force the births, then either strive hard to prevent them with education and affordable (free) birth control or prepare to pay for them for 18 years when the parents who didn't want them don't take care of them.

    July 10, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Steve Lyons

    It would be so much better if a woman seeking an abortion was required to become sterile and the man that knocked her up was also "fixed".

    Either have the kid or never have any more kids.

    Either raise your kid or never have additional kids.

    Sure wish some one would get that kid in Tennessee and "fix" him!

    July 10, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Country Girl

    @ Sniffit
    and who were the women "screwing their brains out with" oh yeah, men. When states make men be truly responsible for the children they create, abortion may become obsolete!

    July 10, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Loathstheright

    Texans, please stay in Texas and never ever move to Washington state....we like our freedom, unlike you.

    July 10, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Badly-Bent

    Good way to punish those people who can not afford to travel outside of Texas?

    July 10, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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