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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House Approves Abortion Restrictions

State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker,  leads debate on HB 2 regarding abortion restrictions in the House on July 9, 2013.
State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, leads debate on HB 2 regarding abortion restrictions in the House on July 9, 2013.

UPDATED: The House voted 96-49 on Wednesday to give final approval to proposed abortion regulations in Texas. House Bill 2, which would ban abortion at 20 weeks and enact some of the strictest regulations in the country on abortion providers and facilities, now heads to the Senate.

 

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.

 

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst ends the 83rd regular session an announces a special session to begin at 6:00PM on May 27, 2013.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst ends the 83rd regular session an announces a special session to begin at 6:00PM on May 27, 2013.

Dewhurst Aide: Media Conducted Themselves With "Decorum"

After reviewing video from Tuesday's filibuster, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — who also spoke at a Right to Life conference on Saturday — said he found no evidence that the media incited "unruly" behavior from activists in the Senate gallery. 

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, cheering with activists to disrupt the last minutes of the vote on Senate Bill 5.
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, cheering with activists to disrupt the last minutes of the vote on Senate Bill 5.

How Activists Yelled an Abortion Bill to Death

When efforts by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and other Senate Democrats to run out the clock on an abortion bill fell short, protesters made enough noise to grind the Senate chamber to a halt.    

A woman in the Senate gallery pushes back against a police officer and is later arrested during the last hour of the Senate session on June 25, 2013.
A woman in the Senate gallery pushes back against a police officer and is later arrested during the last hour of the Senate session on June 25, 2013.

Arrestee Talks About Capitol Officers During Filibuster

One of the three people who were arrested in the wake of Tuesday night's Senate abortion debate said DPS officers did not overstep their bounds.

Senator Wendy Davis goes to Haranbee Festival in Fort Worth to encourage voters, after sending out her volunteers for Walk for Wendy, on October 6, 2012.
Senator Wendy Davis goes to Haranbee Festival in Fort Worth to encourage voters, after sending out her volunteers for Walk for Wendy, on October 6, 2012.

Despite National Spotlight, Davis Faces Fight in Texas

Wendy Davis came off the Senate floor early Wednesday as the national Democratic Party's newest star. But what effect her 11-hour filibuster to stop abortion legislation will have on her political prospects in Texas is an open question.