The bill will now go before the state senate—also majority Republican—where it is expected to pass.
A Texas Democrat on Thursday called this year’s state legislature the most misogynistic she’s seen in her 21 years as a state representative, following a house vote that would have ended legal abortion care for pregnant Texans whose fetuses have medical anomalies that aren’t survivable outside the womb.
The sponsor of a new bill in the state says the legislation is necessary to protect school children from protests at abortion clinics that are often staged by the very same anti-choice activists who advocated for the bill.
A recent Daily Beast article claims abortion stories aren’t enough to change reproductive rights policy. But advocates never said abortion stories alone could bring about policy changes—and it’s shortsighted to believe as much.
“I’m not sure what the impact will be or how we would comply because the bill is written with non-medical language, and it’s not written by doctors. It’s written by politicians,” Mary Kogut, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, told RH Reality Check.
Even in states that allow for private insurance coverage of abortion, figuring out the details of that coverage can include many hurdles.
Conservative Texas lawmakers have issued more than two dozen new proposals to further limit access to legal abortion care—more than any other state legislature this year.
Anti-choicers have mastered the art of minimizing the impact of abortion laws to trick the public into shrugging them off. By using this method, they are poised to restrict second-trimester abortion access in many states without a major fuss.
Anti-choice Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban abortion after a Down syndrome diagnosis, a proposal that Ohio Right to Life listed among its 2015 legislative priorities.
On this episode of Reality Cast, Slate’s L.V. Anderson explains why we need to build a better condom. Also, host Amanda Marcotte discusses a North Carolina bill that would ban med schools from teaching abortion and other recent anti-abortion regulations.