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The Brief: Bill banning wrongful birth lawsuits heads to Senate committee

The Senate Committee on State Affairs is meeting at 9 this morning and will consider legislation to protect doctors from wrongful birth lawsuits.

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What you need to know

The Senate Committee on State Affairs is meeting at 9 this morning and will consider legislation to protect doctors from wrongful birth lawsuits. Follow Texas Tribune reporter Marissa Evans for updates. 

  • The bill would prohibit parents from suing doctors after their baby is born with defects or developmental or intellectual disabilities. The bill has been earmarked by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as a legislative priority this session
  • Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, is dubbing his bill pro-life. "It is unacceptable that doctors can be penalized for embracing the sanctity of life," Creighton said in a press release upon the filing of SB 25. "Every child is precious and deserving of our protection." 
  • A broader battle over abortion is shaping up at the Capitol. Some Republicans want to require burial of fetal remains and the filing of fetal death certificates after abortion procedures, while some Democrats are backing legislation that would reverse the 24-hour waiting period for abortions. 

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Photo of the day

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, spoke to thousands gathered at the Texas Capitol Saturday for a rally against President Donald Trump's border wall and travel ban. Photo by Bob Daemmrich. See more photos on our Instagram account

Quote to note

"When we turn our backs on refugees — in this present case, the Syrians who have suffered all the plagues of Job and more in the last few years — we commit an unpardonable act of inhumanity."

— Patricia Bernstein on the current state of immigration in the United States via TribTalk

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