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.


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  1. Ark

    To fred, who apparently sees no difference between a breathing screaming LIVE baby and a a FETUS that has lungs full of liquid, eats (and breaths) through a tube connected to its belly, and has no connection to the world of the living. realy amazing what a minute of that last push can do. IMHO, Spiritually, the soul has not entered the body until the first breath of air is breathed ( from creators mouth into our bodies ). regarding that nonsense about atoms and complexity of the universe attributed to the "creator" is just an indication of lack of vision, imagination and creativity. It is so much easier to say – creator just did it instead of trying to understand how tings REALLY work. Welcome back to Middle Ages.

    July 10, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Done with Texas

    Boycott all things Texas. No travel, no recreation, no state made products. Boycott Texas.

    July 10, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Steveo

    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!
    One can only hope Country Girl, but let's start with that broke, knuckle head who fathered 22 children with 14 women and was giggling like a school girl when asked about his plans to take care of them!

    July 10, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. 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!"

    Errmmm...I'm not the one who said that...I was quoting someone and then responding to them with snark.

    July 10, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Alfred

    Could someone please enumerate for me the conservative the arguments against abortion? If those arguments are based on religious conviction I am OK with that. But please do not dress it up in a whole bunch of nonsense like `concern for the health of the mother etc.' At least be HONEST about your motivation and true to your Christian values, instead of hiding behind a smokescreen. Then we can get down to the real issue here: That is, religion has no place in public policy and law.

    July 10, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Andrew

    So, at what point will our politicians decide enough is enough? Will they also limit the choice of women to go to school, dress how they like, or be seeing in public w/o a male escort? Because you know, it is for their safety and protection (At least that is what the Taliban says). The Arab spring is trying to help society be inclusive, and we (TX) are going to other way, limiting the right for a women to choose.
    Why don't we make a law that says: All men between 15 to 25 (unless married) should have a vasectomy preformed... That procedure is reversible... I bet no (male) politician would go for that.

    July 10, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. ironman59

    Let the legal challenges begin.

    July 10, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Michelle

    Nothing makes liberals more angry than when someone points out it's cruel to kill a near-term fetus.

    July 10, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. A Day Of Great Celebration In TEXAS

    PRAISE BE TO GOD!! The Time To End The Great Tragedies Of the Murder of Innocent Unborn Babies has now finally begun in Texas! There is absolutely No Valid Reason for any woman to have to have an abortion outside of a dire need for keeping her alive in the process of delivery of the child, if it is warranted, or in the case of rape, if indeed necessary. Any other defense by these completely Heartless and sometimes Wayward women is simply Not Acceptable and should always be Rejected! They need only learn to keep their legs completely closed to later avoid the impulse to seek an unnecessary abortion of a Completely Innocent Child Who Has The Right To Live and did not participate in his or her mother's pleasurable and/or even lewd behavior (as many times happen with some women) resulting in her pregnancy if she is unwed.

    GOD is moving in Texas today and the full Republican Senate is also expected to pass this measure very shortly, as the full Republican House just did in this RED state, much to the dismay and chagrin of heart-less Democrats, to be immediately sent to Governor Rick Perry who called for this Special Second Legislative Session (Thank You, Governor!) to reconsider this bill which failed once before due to unruly people in the chambers, and he has proudly promised to sign the bill Post Haste as soon as it arrives on his desk! This Is Another Great Day In Texas For Unborn Babies Who Will Finally Have A Chance To LIVE! Thanks Be To God! We Urge the Texas Senate To Quickly Vote FOR This Bill and Send It To Gov. Perry! Do not allow unruly, heart-less people to take over the voting procedure again at the Texas Senate as happened last time when Ms. "Pink Sneakers" spoke for hours in favor of ending innocent babies lives through abortion. Shame to her! Great Shame as well as to those who wanted this bill to fail!

    July 10, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    News flash, 20 weeks = 6 months.
    On my calendar 20 weeks = 5 months.
    I don't like to weigh in on these types of issues/decisions. I find them to be EXTREMELY personal.
    I will say that aside from a medical decision where the life of either the baby or the mother are in peril, for example, or as one poster stated there is a chance to save one baby and little to none of it's twin being viable, I cannot see aborting a five month old baby.
    I also personally feel, however, that the final decision to carry a pregnancy to full term and delivery should be that of the woman carrying the baby within her.
    I have a cousin who carried her child to full term against the advise of her doctors. The baby was born with a congenital defect. She died within a month. Yet my cousin never regretted having given birth and meeting her first and only child. It was her decision. Not the government's.
    Now I do realize that someone has to set the parameters and look out for the interest of tha unborn child. I just think that that decision should lie with the person who will ultimately have to answer, one way or another, for the termination of the pregnancy: the mother.
    Let me just add, that terminating a pregnancy, no matter what the circumstances, is not as flippant or as short-lived a decision as some would make it out to be. The psychological ramifications of that decision can be permanent and life-altering for the woman

    July 10, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. carol

    We are talking about LATE Term abortion. If you know you are pregnant, you should not wait until it looks like a child to kill it. 20 weeks is ~5 months people. This is the point. Why would you wait 5 months to kill a child... That is so cruel.

    July 10, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. MNClownfactory

    The state with undeniably the highest execution rate in the country is all of a sudden concerned about morality? Hypocrites !

    July 10, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. RMP_crew

    Wow! Critical thinking has no place in this argument. Not sure how someone can think about this issue and not see it for the evil it is.

    July 10, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. JasonEU

    This is about a political party, made mostly of old white males, trying to forcefully take control of a women's personal choice and healthcare. It's disgusting and contradictory to the founding notions of personal liberty and personal responsibility.

    July 10, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Kudos To Texas

    We're With Texas and AGAINST Abortion which is not needed if women only learn to deport themselves like ladies!

    July 10, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Bleu State

    Sorry for those in Texas.
    and to @California please stop using my great states name as your Troll account display name.
    Califonia is one the bluest states out there. And would never even allow a bill like that to be conceived.
    Im sure as a state we realize the extreme costs of over population, and welfare are ridiculously astronomical.
    Seriously those of you who believe this is a good thing feel free to get back to me so that I may pay for your first class ticket to Afghanistan so that you may take your rightful place in the Taliban they dont like womens right either =)

    July 10, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. carol

    Hey "Done With Texas"; We did not invite you here. You can Boycott us any time and it will not hurt our feelings nor our economy. 😛

    July 10, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Thoughtful

    The Republican WAR on WOMEN continues.

    Republicans: Just say NO!

    July 10, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Carla

    Anyone with an MD worth their salt at all can get credentialed for privileges at a hospital. I would most certainly steer clear of any physician without hospital privileges because it points to the possibility they have too many license complaints or malpractice complaints/suits against them. Women have a right to SAFE medical care in APPROVED facilities. Look what transpired back east with that pathetic excuse for a physician murdering babies in a filthy abortion clinic. I'd rather drive a few hundred miles than die of complications from a quack doc or quack clinic.

    July 10, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Thoughtful

    Religious tradition going back to Jesus and Moses has CONSISTENTLY testified that "Life begins at the first breath". It is only in the last fifty years that this monstrous lie has been created for BLATANT political reasons.

    Do you really have faith in GOD? Then how about you let God decide what is right and keep the government out of it.

    End theocracy now!

    July 10, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. olde dragon

    @All Life is Precious "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?"

    There are almost a half million children in the US foster care system – how about you good Christians adopt *them* before we add more? Are you aware that adoption is a multi-BILLION dollar industry, and its primary "product" are white babies (they're not interested in the older, more "damaged" product languishing in foster care).

    July 10, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. thoughtful reasons

    Usually abortions after 20 weeks are due to severe congenital defects and the compassion of not wanting to continue to develop and birth a child you know will live a life of pain and suffering only to most probably, die in pain. Over 90% of abortions are done within the first trimester. Testing for defects happens at 20 weeks, usually takes a week to get results, sometime to talk with your family, your doctor, figure out if you even have access to the healthcare the baby would need, or would it just be born to die in pain because you can't afford multiple operations etc... then ,you decide if you continue down that path, you ask yourself, would i want that life? or would I want to stay in the abyss rather be born only to suffer....me?? I'd rather stay in the abyss.

    July 10, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Mark

    I thought Republicans wanted limited government.

    July 10, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Hillcrester

    If the legislation becomes law in TX, it will quickly be enjoined by the Courts and put on hold awaiting higher court review. It seems impermissibly restrictive in intent and effect, so it is likely to be voided.

    July 10, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Suasn Clayton

    Nothing like pushing women back into the stone ages....way to go Mr. Perry....personally I am glad you will not be running for govenor again...and you won't get my vote for the presidenciy either...what has happened to freedom of choice in this country anyway? You would think that with Texas close to the bottom on the education scale, our focus as Texans might be a little off the mark? Oh wait, I am a women and only you know what is best for me....

    July 10, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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