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 new version of the ban is likely to include changes to its controversial rape exception, but pro-choice advocates say that’s a red herring that ignores the reality of women’s health needs.
Christie’s endorsement brings him in line with all of the other major potential Republican nominees who endorse the extreme abortion ban.
Ohio lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks, making the state the tenth in the country to introduce such a measure this session.
The West Virginia legislature on Friday voted to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of a 20-week abortion ban, joining the dozens of states in the country to ban abortion before the point of viability protected by Roe v. Wade.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, shifting his abortion stance ahead of his expected 2016 presidential bid, has for the first time said he would sign a ban on abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation and would support similar legislation at the federal level.
HB 390 would amend existing state law to include a ban on abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation, while HB 391 would require physicians to provide notice of a planned abortion procedure of a non-emancipated minor to one parent or guardian at least 48 hours prior to the procedure.
West Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have outlawed abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation.
The West Virginia Senate last week passed a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks, four weeks before a fetus is widely recognized as “viable,” the standard for legally-protected abortion in the United States.
Two bills that would outlaw abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation have been introduced in Maryland this year, adding to the list of states attempting to pass such bans this legislative session.