Watch the Texas Senate Debate -- and Probably Pass -- Sweeping Anti-Abortion Bill

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It all comes down to this. For real this time. The Senate is just about to begin final consideration of HB 2 which, in case you haven't been paying attention, would ban abortion after 20 weeks, require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and make doctors who provide the procedure be affiliated with a hospital within 30 miles. The latter two provisions are projected to shutter 37 out of 42 of the state's existing abortion providers.

A couple of predictions before it begins: The scene at the Capitol will be moderately to seriously crazy. And the bill will pass rather easily.

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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

So there you have it.  OOPS wasted weeks and weeks of precious time by slamming this piece of shit bill down everyone's throat.  Roe v. Wade put this issue to bed.  To abort or not is a difficult and wrenching enough decision for a woman to make without OOPS and his hypocritical moral crusaders torturing them even more.  The Supreme Court will eventually block any of the bills that are sweeping southern states as unconstitutional, leaving so much wasted time, taxes, and effort in their wake.  Meanwhile, the same people who pushed these bills do nothing for millions of suffering jobless, homeless Americans.

jeffw
jeffw

So...abortions up to 5 weeks instead of up to 6 weeks, and abortion facilities have a year to upgrade from veterinary barns to professional medical standards. Is that about right?

Jennie Harding
Jennie Harding

The bill will pass, and not unlike AUL/ALEC produced bills in other states, it will be challenged in court and subsequently tossed.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Another prediction: the opposition will make some sort of last ditch effort that makes sense only in their own minds and leaves the rest of the country horrified (like the Hail Satan chant.)

And that's not even a left/right thing, that's what a losing but deeply emotionally invested extremist group does every time.

animas
animas

Not quite--Rick Perry's sister a VP with US Surgical Partners (which builds and manages ASC's) may potentially make  bundle on this legislation.  (coincidence?)  See Carl Fant's entry below. It wouldn't be the first time that conflicts of interest have emerged from Texas Republican backed legislation.

animas
animas

@Jennie Harding  Yes, but at additional expense to the citizens of Texas.

animas
animas

@Carl Fant  Surprise surprise!

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@animas The extremists have seized the republican party in Texas, and nationally, republicans did not learn what its War on Women did to them in the last election.  The far right has taken over the GOP.  America doesn't like it, and will vote accordingly come 2016.

animas
animas

There is an interesting letter to the editor in the FWST today from a mature conservative woman who expresses, as you are now ,that the activities of the rabid social issue (pro life, anti contraception )  oriented state and national conservative Republicans have put all women in an untenable position in 21st Century America. There is unquestionably a Republican extremist  War on Women, which is not helping  to improve or advance  our society in the least.  I will vote accordingly in 2016.

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