Abortion bills in state legislatures gaining national attention
Efforts by conservatives to restrict abortion in several state legislatures are receiving national attention, as Republicans work to pass national versions.
In Texas, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) found herself in the national spotlight after filibustering a proposal that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation would also have toughened requirements for locations offering abortions and required that doctors who perform abortions have admission privileges at a hospital close to their clinics.
Davis’s effort caused Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) to call a second special session to try and pass the bill through the Republican-controlled legislature.
Gov. Perry: ‘We’re going to pass some restrictions’
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday that state Sen. Wendy Davis‘ attention-getting filibuster notwithstanding, the Legislature is going to approve restrictions on abortion when it gavels in another special session this week.
“We’re going to pass some restrictions on abortion,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Texas is a place where we defend life. I mean, that’s the powerful message here and that’s what we’re focused on and politics will take care of itself.”
“People have relayed to me that never in the history of Texas [have] they seen that type of mob rule come in and discombobulate a legislative session,” he continued.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday the abortion legislation State Sen. Wendy Davis blocked last month will pass when considered again by the Legislature.
“In Texas, we’re going to support protecting life. We’re going to stand up and say that after 20 weeks, we are not going to allow abortion in our state. We’re going to make sure that these health clinics are safe — that they are under the safety standards that any other surgical facility would be under and that doctors have admitting procedure practices in place so that they can look after someone if that procedure goes bad,” the Republican governor said on “Fox News Sunday.”