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    Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions[W:240]

    The Texas Senate late Friday passed tough new abortion restrictions after weeks of protests, sending them to Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law.The vote came after weeks of protests and rallies drew thousands to the Capitol and made Texas the focus of the national abortion debate.
    Republicans used their majority to pass the bill nearly three weeks after a filibuster by Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis and an outburst by abortion-rights supporters in the Senate gallery disrupted a deadline vote.
    Called back for a new special session by Perry, lawmakers took up the bill again as thousands of supporters and opponents held rallies and jammed the Capitol to testify at public hearings.
    In a statement released just after the vote, Perry said, "Today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life. This legislation builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect women's health."


    Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions | Fox News

    The hotly contested bill appears to have passed in the Texas state senate and is being sent to the governor's desk. It appears that we've inched a little bit closer to progressing as a nation.

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    Re: Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions

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    Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions | Fox News

    The hotly contested bill appears to have passed in the Texas state senate and is being sent to the governor's desk. It appears that we've inched a little bit closer to progressing as a nation.
    That is good to hear. The days of infanticide (let us hope and pray) are indeed numbered.

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    Re: Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions

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    Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions | Fox News

    The hotly contested bill appears to have passed in the Texas state senate and is being sent to the governor's desk. It appears that we've inched a little bit closer to progressing as a nation.
    Soooo.....what are the new restrictions?

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    Re: Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions

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    Soooo.....what are the new restrictions?
    Those poor victims have to make their decision to abort before 20 weeks. How can anybody make a decision like that in so little time?
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    Re: Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Soooo.....what are the new restrictions?
    This appears to be a quick review of it from the article.

    House Bill 2 would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, allow abortions only in surgical centers, limit where and when women may take abortion-inducing pills and ban abortions after 20 weeks. Only five out of 42 existing abortion clinics meet the requirements to be a surgical center, and clinic owners say they can't afford to upgrade or relocate.
    Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions | Fox News

    It's still not enough but at least it's a step in the right direction.

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    Re: Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions

    One of the reasons I live in Texas. Bravo.

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    Re: Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Those poor victims have to make their decision to abort before 20 weeks. How can anybody make a decision like that in so little time?
    I think most abortions are before 12 weeks, certainly in the UK. Late abortions are usually for medical reasons.

    Were you being sarcastic about the time?
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    Re: Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions

    Quote Originally Posted by alexa View Post
    I think most abortions are before 12 weeks, certainly in the UK. Late abortions are usually for medical reasons.

    Were you being sarcastic about the time?
    The commonly accepted edict in the U.S. is no abortion after the point of viability, which is currently believed to occur between weeks 22 and 24. In that sense, the Texas law is "more restrictive" than what is currently considered acceptable.
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    Re: Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions

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    Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions | Fox News

    The hotly contested bill appears to have passed in the Texas state senate and is being sent to the governor's desk. It appears that we've inched a little bit closer to progressing as a nation.
    Good intentions run amok.

    The new law will be struck down.

    House Bill 2 would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, allow abortions only in surgical centers, limit where and when women may take abortion-inducing pills and ban abortions after 20 weeks. Only five out of 42 existing abortion clinics meet the requirements to be a surgical center, and clinic owners say they can't afford to upgrade or relocate.

    Sen. Glen Hegar of Katy, the bill's Republican author, argued that all abortions, including those induced with medications, should take place in an ambulatory surgical center in case of complications.

    Read more: Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions | Fox News
    They should have stopped with banning abortions at 12 or 16 weeks and left it at that.
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    Re: Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    This appears to be a quick review of it from the article.



    Texas Senate passes sweeping new abortion restrictions | Fox News

    It's still not enough but at least it's a step in the right direction.
    From your link, Digsbe: "Only five out of 42 existing abortion clinics meet the requirements to be a surgical center, and clinic owners say they can't afford to upgrade or relocate."

    The pro-choice concern is that this will effectively close most of the abortion clinics in Texas.

    Some details here: Issue in Texas Abortion Debate: What's an Ambulatory Surgical Center? | KUT News

    Of course, there is no reason pro-choice orgs can't begin fundraising to keep those clinics open.

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