CitizenLink 10 July 2013
The Texas House on Tuesday evening passed the much-talked-about fetal pain bill, banning abortions after 20 weeks — when preborn babies begin to feel pain. The legislation will need Senate approval before being sent to the governor.
“Americans in Texas and across the country are overwhelmingly opposed to the brutal, late-term abortions that end the lives of between 15,000 and 18,000 children feeling pain each year,” said Marilyn Musgrave, vice president for government affairs at Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List.
The bills — HB 2 and SB1— would require abortionists to have admitting privileges in hospitals no farther than 30 miles away. Abortionists would also have to be qualified to treat life-threatening complications.
The House passed similar legislation late last month. However, Sen. Wendy Davis blocked it with a filibuster. She was stopped after more than 11 hours after veering off topic. Then, a cacophony of more than 400 abortion activists interrupted the proceedings; this prevented the vote from taking place before the midnight deadline.