Texas lawmakers have voted to tighten rules for teenagers seeking to get an abortion without parental consent.
A hotly debated tightening of abortion rules for Texas teenagers – which has already cleared the state House – is slowing activity to a crawl in the Senate, where Democrats are using logistical tactics to stall a vote.
The Texas House approved a proposal that would tighten restrictions on a process that enables teens to have abortions when they can’t get parental consent.
Abortion is again seizing the spotlight at the Texas Capitol — but largely only in small doses and mostly without the heated debate and emotion of last session.
Most abortions in Texas could not be covered by insurance purchased through the Affordable Care Act under a bill that has cleared the Republican-controlled Senate.
State lawmakers are considering a bill to reveal the names of judges who permit teens to terminate a pregnancy if they can’t get required consent from their parents.
Two years after Texas adopted sweeping abortion restrictions despite Wendy Davis’ star-making filibuster, Republicans are pushing a smaller encore of additional limits for new Gov. Greg Abbott to sign within the next month.
The Texas House gave preliminary approval to tighter abortion restrictions involving fetuses with severe abnormalities before withdrawing a sweeping health bill that included the new limits.
A little known legal process in the state is helping 300 to 500 pregnant terminate their pregnancies each year without involving their parents.
The signs delivered to state lawmakers in Austin had a strong message with just two words: Former Fetus. But it wasn’t the message that caused a flap, it was the interaction between two Republican lawmakers about where the sign was hung.
Bipartisan legislation to crack down on human trafficking turned unexpectedly controversial Tuesday because of a Texas Republican-led provision relating to abortion that Democrats said they failed to notice.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick urged a gathering of religious conservatives to become an army of supporters to help him oppose abortion, protect marriage and defend the Constitution.