Abortion Opponents Back Fetal Pain Bill, Doctor Rules

Abortion opponents in Texas championed a string of successful measures in the 2011 Texas legislative session — including a law that requires a physician to perform a sonogram 24 hours in advance of an abortion. For the upcoming 2013 session, they are trying to up the ante.

In addition to an already filed bill that would tighten restrictions on abortion doctors, they are considering other legislation, like a “fetal pain” bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, and a measure to prevent health providers affiliated with abortion clinics from participating in the state’s Medicaid program.

Elizabeth Graham, the director ...

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