Texas Abortion Bill Passes; Democrats Vow to Continue Fight

by at . Comments

Republicans in the Texas Legislature passed their controversial abortion bill late last week, but Democrats vowed to fight it in court and at the ballot box.

Abortion Protesting

Over 2,000 demonstrators filled the Capitol building in Austin to oppose the bill, and police drug six out of the Senate chamber for disrupting the debate.

The Republican majority in the Lone Star State legislature ultimately passed the bill unchanged Friday, with all but one Democrat voting against it.

"Today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life," said Gov. Rick Perry, who will sign the bill into law in the next few days.

"This legislation builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect women's health," added Perry.

Democrats, though, promised a fight in the courts.

"There will be a lawsuit. I promise you," Dallas Sen. Royce West said on the Senate floor, raising his right hand as if taking an oath in protest.

The bill will ban abortions after 20 weeks, require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and require all abortions take place in surgical centers.

Amendments were proposed ranging from exceptions for rape and incest to allowing doctors more leeway in prescribing abortion-inducing drugs.

But Republicans would have none of it.

The bill is just one of many across the nation championed by anti-abortion groups dead set on mounting a constitutional challenge to Roe vs Wade.

But the measure has also sparked protests in Texas not seen in least 20 years, with thousands of abortion rights supporters flooding the Capitol.

Protesters finished a filibuster started by Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis by jeering for the last 15 minutes of the first special session, effectively killing the bill.

Perry called lawmakers back for round two, but opponents said the fight is far from over and used the popular anger to register and organize voters.

"Let's make sure that tonight is not an ending point, it's a beginning point for our future, our collective futures, as we work to take this state back," Davis said.

The Texas Republican Party, meanwhile, celebrated what they considered a major victory that makes Texas "a nationwide leader in pro-life legislation."

Democrats pointed out that childbirth is more dangerous than an abortion and there have been no serious problems with women taking abortion drugs.

Cecile Richards, daughter of former Gov. Anne Richards and president of Planned Parenthood, said the GOP won this round, but it could cost them down the road:

"All they have done is built a committed group of people across this state who are outraged about the treatment of women and the lengths to which the Legislature will go to take their care away."

Where do you stand on this controversial issue?

 

Tags: ,
Like Us On Facebook

More From The Hollywood Gossip

Andrej-pejic-undergoes-gender-transformation

Andrej Pejic Comes Out as Transgender Model

Andrej Pejic has come out as a transgender model. She explains the change here.
Florida-couple-arrested-for-having-sex-on-beach

Florida Couple Arrested for Having Sex on Public Beach

This Florida couple has been arrested for a good reason: they were having sex in front of a lot of people.
Joseph-carl-mug-shot

Florida Man Run Over By His Own Pickup Truck, Charged With DUI

A Florida man has been charged with DUI after being run over by his own pickup truck.
Craigslist-killer-brady-oestrike-accused-of-two-murders

Brady Oestrike Accused of Killing Pregnant Teen, Decapitating Boyfriend After Craigslist Meetup

Brady Oestrike is suspected of murdering an eight-months-pregnant teenager and decapitating her boyfriend, and all because of a Craigslist sex ad.

Avatar

You usually find out you're pregnant around three weeks. That gives you 17 weeks to decide and get the abortion. Shut the hell up. You still have your precious abortions. If you really wanted one that bad you wouldn't have waited 17 weeks to make up your mind.

Avatar

Jesus Christ Joy, take your finger off the caps lock and breathe..

Avatar
Avatar

WHENEVER U SEE ANY OF THESE BABY-KILLER BANDITOS, THEY'RE ALWAYS UGLY AS HELL !!!! WHY WOULD THEY BE WORRIED ABOUT PREGNANCY ???? THE ONLY GUY THAT WOULD STICK IN THESE BARNYARD HOGS IS A GOAT MOLESTER !!!! AND WE KNOW THYE'RE ALL HOMOS AND AIDS HAS STERILIZED THE VERMIN !!!!! ARRRRR , LITTLE PIGS ,, U LOST AGAIN !!!! GUEST YOUR LITTLE SCAM ABOUT "YOUR BODY" AIN'T WORKIN' ANYMORE ???!!! ARRRR , YOUR SCAM IS'NT WORKING BECAUSE EVEN THE DUMBEST HAVE FIGURED OUT THAT IT'S ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE'S BODY .. NOT YOUR'S !!!! BT THAT ALL ASIDE , WHITE PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN THAT THIS IS THE JEWS AND NIGGERS SCAM TO - DELUSIONALLY - EFFECT A REDUCTION IN THE WHITE FEMALES BIRTH REPLACEMENT RATE .... THEY THIK THEY'D THEN BECOME THE MAJORITY !!! HAA HAA HHAA .... AND WHEN THEY END UP IN THE CAMPS , THE FEIGN SHOCK AND DISSMAAY : "UHH, WAD WE DO ??? "

Avatar

You aren't protecting anything! You are condemning hundreds of thousands of families to suffering and financial ruin! 20weeks is the optimal time for disability scanning, diseases, disfigurements etc. and I can bet you won't be supporting those families who you're essentially forcing to have children they are in no way financially or emotionally prepared for. I can see the headlines now "number of abandoned children skyrockets"band you morons are going to sit back on your heels and go " why should we help you, that's your kid not ours" Way to take a huge step BACK in health and human rights

Avatar

what about when your 12 year old daughter get raiped by a mass murderer?
YOU WILL BE GLAD THERE IS ABORTION!!