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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A line of Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) troopers keeps order in the House gallery on July 9, 2013.
A line of Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) troopers keeps order in the House gallery on July 9, 2013.

The Polling Center: From Smooth Sailing to Traffic Jam

The regular Texas legislative session was notable for bipartisan coalitions and harmony. The special sessions have been notable for partisan battles and stalemates. To understand what's going on, just look at the voters.

The Economic Debate Behind the Political Debate

This summer’s debate on abortion restrictions turned entirely on politics. It wasn’t about money. But the state's abortion and health care policies intersect in the budget — even though that might not always be part of the debate — and the budget is where the impact of decisions on abortion and Medicaid will be revealed.

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, debates Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, about halfway through a filibuster of SB 5 on June 25, 2013.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, debates Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, about halfway through a filibuster of SB 5 on June 25, 2013.

Abortion Fight Boosts Democrats' Political Accounts

State Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster against abortion legislation gave Democrats across the country a rare red-state rallying point, and some of them responded by opening their checkbooks. Battleground Texas raised almost $406,000 during the six days that began with the filibuster.

 

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.

Perry Signs Abortion Bill Into Law

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.

 

 

Abortion rights activists march through downtown Austin on July 1, 2013.
Abortion rights activists march through downtown Austin on July 1, 2013.

Groups Weigh Legal Challenge to Abortion Bill

With Gov. Rick Perry expected to sign House Bill 2 into law, abortion rights groups are considering a lawsuit against the state as one option to attempt to block implementation of the legislation. Opponents of the law claim it unconstitutionally restricts women's access to abortion, but proponents say the measure was thoughtfully designed.

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 have put some R-rated signs in the hands of children. Many think this is a proper introduction to civics for their children, but it can make for some uncomfortable sights at rallies on the issue.

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.

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.

House Approves Abortion Restrictions

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.

 

Interactive: Comparing Texas' Proposed Abortion Laws

Republican lawmakers are working to pass omnibus abortion legislation in the second special legislative session that has been labeled as among the strictest in the country. This interactive shows which of Texas' existing abortion facilities would meet the new standards and compares the proposed restrictions with those in other states.

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. The bill now moves to the full House.