TX House passes abortion bill; Senate next stop


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Posted on July 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 3:29 PM

AUSTIN -- The controversial abortion bill is moving forward to the State Senate.

Representatives at the State House voted just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, approving the bill, HB2, 96 to 49. The vote was split down party lines.

Several proposed amendments failed to pass. Those who support the bill are claiming victory.

“I would like just to be here for that moment when the third reading is done and know that this is well on its way to becoming the law of Texas; that Texas really does care about the sanctity of life,” said Brian McAuliffe.
Those who oppose are hoping there’s still time to reverse the decision when the bill goes to the Senate.
“No one wearing this color is in favor of abortion. No one wants to have abortions. I want my children to grow up in a world without rape, without incest and with good enough medical care,” said Janet Longmore, who was wearing orange in opposition to the bill.
The bill in part bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It also regulates clinics and doctors who provide the service. For example, those doctors must have admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius.
The bill is now out of the House and moving on to the Senate. The Senate Committee will debate the bill and give its recommendation to the full Senate for a final vote before going to Governor Rick Perry’s desk.
After the House voted for the bill, Gov. Perry released the following statement:
“The tremendous outpouring of support for this legislation has demonstrated how Texas stands for life, and I commend everyone who wore blue, turned out and spoke up in support of life in our state. Now is not the time to waver, however, as the Senate continues its important work in support of women's health and protecting the lives of our most vulnerable Texans.”