Wed June 19, 2013
Texas Senate Bill Could 'Essentially Ban Abortion Statewide'
Texas Senators passed a bill late last night 20-10 that would allow abortions only in surgical facilities and further restrict abortion-inducing medications.
Republican senators insisted the bill was passed to protect women’s health, but Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst tweeted this morning, “We fought to pass SB-5 thru the Senate last night and this is why,” linking to a map from an abortion-rights group showing clinic locations that says "if SB5 passes, it would essentially ban abortion statewide."
The author of SB 5 dropped a provision banning abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. But members of the Texas House could restore the 20-week limit.
A House committee is expected to take up the bill on Thursday.