Sunday, March 28, 2021
Last week, a Texas Senate committee heard, voted on and passed out of committee seven bills that would limit access to abortion across the state.
Anti-abortion and abortion rights advocates alike have said that the upper chamber is moving quickly — more quickly than it has in previous legislative sessions.
One of the most notable bills is Senate Bill 8 by state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, which would ban an abortion after a fetal heartbeat had been detected. Another bill fast-tracked by the Senate is Senate Bill 9, which would ban most abortions in Texas if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that found that state laws banning abortions were unconstitutional. Senate Bill 802 would require that women were offered certain pre-abortion resources and create a government database to keep track of that information. Other bills would ban later-term abortions in certain cases and prohibit cities from spending money on various support services related to abortions.
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