After a long three week battle and lots of pro-abortion grand standing, the Texas House passed legislation late Tuesday night banning abortions after five months while requiring abortion clinics meet basic medical standards. More from Life News:
After a full day of debate and pro-life votes to defeat almost two dozen pro-abortion amendments to weaken the bill, Texas legislators successfully approved on second reading a bill that will ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Lawmakers voted 98-49 for the bill on second reading and a third reading vote is forthcoming, likely tomorrow, but the same margin is expected. The vote today for conditional approval is four more votes for the measure than the last time the House approved the bill before Wendy Davis’ infamous filibuster.Predictably, Planned Parenthood is outraged.
Five pro-life Democrats voted for HB2 including Guillen, Herrero, Martinez, Munoz, and Pickett while one Republican voted against it: Sarah Davis.
The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks and hold abortion clinics accountable by making them meet basic health and safety standards that have closed facilities in other states that are unable to comply. The bill also requires all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and lastly, requires a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.
The last attempt to pass the bill was halted in the state Senate with a pro-abortion filibuster but state Sen. Wendy Davis says she will not filibuster the bill a second time. Today, she told CNN she thinks the bill will ultimately pass and be signed into law by pro-life Gov. Rick Perry.
And because shouting "hail Satan" at pro-lifers last week wasn't enough, pro-abortion advocates screamed "f*ck the church" inside the Capitol yesterday. Online, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst received a death threat. Pro-abortion Democratic legislators (including men) on the floor made things even more dramatic by marching into the gallery with wire hangers.
Finally passage for HB2 is expected Wednesday. On a national level, Republican Senator Marco Rubio is expected to introduce similar legislation soon.