Tribpedia: Abortion

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 ...

The Policy and the Politics of the Abortion Debate

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Midsummer doldrums have been replaced by a little suspense — about the governor's plans, a court's decisions and the Legislature's protracted debate over abortion law.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

Activists converge at the south steps of the Texas Capitol as the second special session begins July 1, 2013.
Activists converge at the south steps of the Texas Capitol as the second special session begins July 1, 2013.

Amid Protests, Lawmakers Strengthen Their Resolve

As thousands of protesters descended on the state Capitol on Monday in an effort to protect access to abortions in Texas, Republican state leaders launched their second special legislative session with a clear message: They will not stop until they’ve approved far tighter restrictions on the procedure. 

 

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, spurred on by bands, celebrities and their new hero — filibustering state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. 

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 Tuesday, 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 shouts and screams effectively derailed a vote on a restrictive new abortion law, reproductive rights advocates are already getting organized for the special session. But when proceedings begin again on Monday, state leaders will be better prepared — and are actively working with state security. 

 

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. But the unusual display of civil disobedience was not planned by the groups that had rallied thousands to the Capitol that day.