AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cities and counties in Texas couldn’t partner with abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood under a bill moving quickly through the Republican-controlled Senate.
The measure sailed through committee Friday. The vote came one day after Planned Parenthood and others sued Texas over a new state law banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure.READ MORE: Tarrant County Public Health Director Talks With Concerned Moms About Kids, Classrooms And COVID-19
Taxpayer money isn’t used to fund abortion procedures and Texas doesn’t allow abortion providers in a state-run program that offers health screenings for low-income women.
Republicans now want to prohibit local governments from partnering with abortion providers for events such as health fairs or giving them grant money.READ MORE: At Least 10 Dead, More Than A Dozen Injured After Overloaded Van Carrying Migrants Crashes In South Texas
The bill is expected to clear the Senate next week.
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