Tribpedia: Abortion Sonogram Bill

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The abortion sonogram legislation that passed the Texas House and Senate requires a doctor to perform a sonogram on a woman at least 24 hours before she has an abortion. During the sonogram, the doctor must describe the fetus or embryo; the woman can choose whether she wants to see images from the sonogram or listen to the heartbeat. Victims ...

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Some Cuts to Texas Budget Actually Cost Money

Cutting the budget can be expensive. Something that appears to save money can, on further inspection, cost more. Family planning, for instance. Shrinking the state’s family planning services would cost money because it would result in an increase in babies paid for by Medicaid. And to the extent that this is about money, and not about policy or politics or philosophy, it wasn’t a smart series of cuts. 

To Some House Republicans, Family Planning = Abortion

Is "family planning" a euphemism for abortion? For many House Republicans, yes. During last weekend’s budget battle, they raided the Women’s Health Program — which funds reproductive health, but not abortions, for Texas’ poorest women. They understand the difference, but they don't trust family planning clinics not to steer women toward abortions.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of Mar. 14, 2011

Grissom on threats to re-entry programs for criminals, Hamilton on the tempest over the direction of UT, E. Smith's interview with Joe Straus, Stiles and Chang's new lobbying app, M. Smith and Weber on where state officeholders send their children to school, Aaronson on allowing new nuclear power plants, Aguilar on how Hispanic Republicans are handling immigration issues, Ramshaw talks abortion with Planned Parennthood's Cecile Richards, Tan and Dehn on tapping the Rainy Day Fund and Galbraith on San Antonio and its water: The best of our best content from March 14 to 18, 2011.

Cecile Richards: The TT Interview

The president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of the late Democratic Gov. Ann Richards on Republican lawmakers’ efforts to defund her organization, a Texas attorney general’s opinion she says will keep low-income women from preventative care, and how her mother would’ve handled all of this. 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/7/11

Conversations about the coming Hispanic majority and the 82nd session from our New Day Rising symposium, M. Smith on the latest tort reform battle, Galbraith on greater scrutiny of the gas industry, Ramsey on whether lawmakers will cut their own pay and benefits, Ramshaw and Aguilar on what's holding up abortion sonogram legislation, Aguilar on the ag commissioner's controversial new website, Philpott on what $9.8 billion in public education cuts looks like, Hamilton on a snippy exchange of higher ed letters and Grissom on the latest court decision in the Hank Skinner case: The best of our best content from March 7 to 11, 2011.

Planned Parenthood Faces Major Funding Cuts

Planned Parenthood is under attack on several fronts this session. Texas lawmakers are considering a mandatory abortion sonogram bill and stripping the organization of its family planning funds from the Women's Health Program. Hundreds rallied on Tuesday to support the organization, but their pleas did not sway conservative lawmakers. “They can expect less or even zero funding for their organization this session," says state Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville. 

Hundreds Rally To Protect Planned Parenthood In Texas

Hundreds rallied at the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday to protect Planned Parenthood's health and family planning services. The organization faces a firestorm of legislation from conservative lawmakers at the state and federal level that could strip it of millions of dollars it uses to provide non-abortion services to low-income women, including cervical cancer screenings, STD testing, and access to birth control. 

Author of HB15 Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) debates the sonogram bill on March 2, 2011
Author of HB15 Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) debates the sonogram bill on March 2, 2011

Texas Abortion Bill Tentatively Passes House

Thursday's debate on Stephenville Republican state Rep. Sid Miller's abortion sonogram bill, House Bill 15, began shortly after 2 p.m. It ended shortly after 9 p.m. The bill passed to third reading on a vote of 103-42, which means one easy step remains before it heads to the Senate.

Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) holds a sonogram device on the House floor during debate on HB15 March 2, 2011
Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) holds a sonogram device on the House floor during debate on HB15 March 2, 2011

House Delays Abortion Sonogram Debate

House lawmakers today launched into debate over their version of an abortion sonogram bill — one that is more stringent than the measure that passed the Senate last month. But they delayed the vote until Thursday, after Democrats raised two points of order against the bill. Some speculate this session will come down to Democrats seeking technical landmines, and Republicans strategizing to avoid them. 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/21/11

Our latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll on the budgetimmigration and gambling, Galbraith on the doubts raised by power blackouts, M. Smith on efforts to get state backing for charter school debt, Ramshaw talks Medicaid with state Rep. Garnet Coleman, Musa on what cuts would do to the Texas Youth Commission, E. Smith's TribLive interview with three freshman state reps, Aaronson on sonograms-before-abortions legislation, Grissom on the largest mental health institution in the state — the Harris County Jail, and a big update to our government employee payroll database: The best of our best content from Feb. 21 to 25, 2011.

Video: Texas Senate Passes Abortion Sonogram

Abortion sonogram legislation passed the Senate 21 to 10, and is moving to the House, where the overwhelming Republican majority is expected to pass it. Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who filed the original bill, is adamantly anti-abortion and says he hopes the procedure will encourage some women to change their minds. But those who oppose the bill say it is an example of government overreach. Some argue the procedure makes a difficult decision more painful.