Tribpedia: Abortion

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Abortion — a medical procedure to terminate a pregnancy — was first outlawed in Texas during the 19th century. In 1961, Texas passed a law to imprison anyone who helped “procure an abortion” for a pregnant woman. The law excluded abortions necessary to protect the life of the mother, but included a clause to fine any “accomplice” who provided means to obtain ...

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Perry Signs Abortion Bill Into Law

Gov. Rick Perry, who signed House Bill 2 on Thursday, shakes hands with Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, the Senate sponsor of the omnibus abortion legislation.
Gov. Rick Perry, who signed House Bill 2 on Thursday, shakes hands with Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, the Senate sponsor of the omnibus abortion legislation.

With a few dozen protesters chanting outside and a Capitol auditorium full of supporters, Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 2 — the omnibus abortion legislation — into law Thursday morning.

 

 

Young attendees, wearing the blue of anti-abortion protesters, attend demonstrations at the Texas State Capitol on the first day of the second legislative session, July 1, 2013.
Young attendees, wearing the blue of anti-abortion protesters, attend demonstrations at the Texas State Capitol on the first day of the second legislative session, July 1, 2013.

The Policy and the Politics of the Abortion Debate

The Texas Capitol has been full of protesters and demonstrators off and on for the last month as lawmakers considered abortion legislation. And activists on both sides fight have put some R-rated signs in the hands of children.

Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to the Capitol press on the Senate's pending abortion legislation on July 11, 2013.
Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to the Capitol press on the Senate's pending abortion legislation on July 11, 2013.

Dewhurst: Abortion Bill Could Get Approved This Week

The omnibus abortion bill could get full approval by the end of this week, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Thursday at a news conference that was attended by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and other proponents of the legislation.

 

 

Demonstrators in favor of HB2 rally inside the State Capitol Open Air Rotunda wreathed by marching opposition demonstrators during State Affairs Committee hearings on the bill, July 2, 2013.
Demonstrators in favor of HB2 rally inside the State Capitol Open Air Rotunda wreathed by marching opposition demonstrators during State Affairs Committee hearings on the bill, July 2, 2013.

An Announcement, a Legal Fight and a Special Session

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Midsummer doldrums have been replaced by a little suspense — about the governor's plans, a court's decisions and the Legislature's protracted debate over abortion law.

Activists Rally to Speak on Abortion Bills

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and several high-profile figures joined an anti-abortion rally on the eve of the House's scheduled vote on omnibus abortion legislation. Meanwhile, abortion rights advocates led a march from the Capitol to protest the legislation.

Pamela Whitehead, 39, of Katy, Texas speaks to other demonstrators opposed to abortion outside of the Texas State Capitol State Affairs Committee, July 2, 2013.
Pamela Whitehead, 39, of Katy, Texas speaks to other demonstrators opposed to abortion outside of the Texas State Capitol State Affairs Committee, July 2, 2013.

Panel Hears Testimony on Proposed Abortion Restrictions

A day after thousands of protesters swarmed the state Capitol to oppose new restrictions on abortions in Texas, a House committee voted along party lines to approve the legislation.

Sen. Wendy Davis addresses the Stand with Texas Women Rally crowd at the State Capitol the first day of the 2nd special session.
Sen. Wendy Davis addresses the Stand with Texas Women Rally crowd at the State Capitol the first day of the 2nd special session.

Abortion Rights Activists Descend on Capitol

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Opponents of Republican-backed legislation to dramatically curtail abortion rights in Texas descended on the Capitol by the thousands on Monday. 

Activists gathered near the Senate chamber as SB5, a bill regulating Texas abortions, comes up for a vote on the last day of a special session in Austin.
Activists gathered near the Senate chamber as SB5, a bill regulating Texas abortions, comes up for a vote on the last day of a special session in Austin.

How Public Opinion Fueled Senate's Abortion Fight

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While much attention has been paid to the political conflict on the floor of the Texas Senate last week, the subtleties of public opinion on abortion in Texas framed the clash in the upper chamber.

Sen. Kirk Watson D-Austin,  announce legislation to modernize the Texas Open Meetings Act on March 7th, 2013.
Sen. Kirk Watson D-Austin, announce legislation to modernize the Texas Open Meetings Act on March 7th, 2013.

Guest Column: Protest Caused by Unruly Bunch in Control

What happened last Tuesday was started by an "unruly bunch" — the people who were controlling the Senate that night, flouting rules, chucking tradition and ignoring common sense to get their way.

Protesters outside the Texas Senate chamber cheer as Sen. Wendy Davis leaves on June 26, 2013.
Protesters outside the Texas Senate chamber cheer as Sen. Wendy Davis leaves on June 26, 2013.

DPS, Abortion Activists Preparing for Renewed Debate

Less than a week after their screams derailed a vote on a new abortion law, reproductive rights advocates are getting organized for the special session. But when proceedings begin anew on Monday, state leaders will be better prepared.