The bill would have implemented some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country, including: banning abortions after 20 weeks (5 mos.), requiring the procedure take place in surgical centers and restricting when and where woman can take abortion-inducing pills. This law would also require the performing doctors to have admitting privilege at a hospital within 30 miles of their home.
Those who support the bill, like creator Jodie Laubenberg, state representative, claims it is in the best interest of women and helps to protect their health. While the opposed believe the bill will make abortions harder to come by, forcing women to resort to other and often dangerous options. Also, if passed, 37 of 42 clinics in Texas would have to close due to millions of dollars in new mandatory upgrades.
Apart of the opposed was Senator Wendy Davis of Fort Worth. This past Tuesday, Sen. Davis performed a filibuster that lasted for a staggering 13 hours. Thanks to her courage and the support of a few hundred protestors, Senate Bill 5 did not pass.
Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, knowing who and when choices are being made that could possibly affect the way you take care of your body is extremely important– for us and the generations to come.
We want to know: where do you stand on the situation?
Personally, I would hope to see the day when we debate on the tools we use to teach our kids about safe sex and good health before they end up in a situation where they have to make such an unfortunate decision.
Update: Governor Perry has called another special session that opens July 1, 2013– stay tuned for what is to come of women’s rights in Texas.
- Texas senator Wendy Davis stages marathon filibuster against abortion bill (guardian.co.uk)
- Wendy Davis, next Texas governor? (tv.msnbc.com)