by Melissa Barnhart
Newscast Media AUSTIN—Abortion clinics in Texas will have to comply with a new
state law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital
within 30 miles should a patient need emergency care. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of
Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday overruled Federal Judge Lee Yeakel’s decision in
which he ruled that part of the state’s abortion law is unconstitutional. For now, the
law stands until it’s argued before the Fifth Circuit in the coming months.
Lawyers for Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Center for Reproductive Rights and
abortionists have argued that the state’s new abortion regulations would lead to a
majority of the state’s abortion clinics closing down. But according to Texas Right to
Life, abortionists have the power to meet the health and safety standards that are
required by law, if they want to.
“If you’re advocating against safety standards as a means of keeping more abortion
clinics open, then that doesn’t promote better health at all,” Emily Horne, legislative
associate with Texas Right to Life, told The Christian Post on Monday. “I can’t be OK
with saying ‘Well, we just better not pass any regulations because even if the
abortions are unsafe, they have to be available.”
She continued, “I can’t predict what the abortion clinics are going to do in the future.
It’s in their power to upgrade the facility standards. But you can’t advocate for more
abortions if you’re advocating against safety.”
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of the-late Ann
Richards, a former governor of Texas, said in a Thursday statement that, “This fight is
far from over. This restriction clearly violates Texas women’s constitutional rights by
drastically reducing access to safe and legal abortion statewide.”
In a statement shared with CP, Ashley McGuire of the Catholic Association
commented on the Fifth Circuit’s reversal noting, “The Court’s restoration of the
requirement that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby
hospital is basic common sense, especially in the post-Gosnell era. Beginning today,
nearly one-third of abortion clinics in Texas cannot legally perform abortions. Whether
the law will continue to weather the courts, time will tell, but in the meantime –
countless lives will be saved and the health of many women will be
Newscast Media AUSTIN—Texas Republicans vowed to pass the abortion bill, and sure
enough they were as good as their word, when the State Senate convened at the
Capitol, and HB2 passed the Senate. The bill is now on its way to Governor Rick
Perry’s desk to be signed into law.
Approved by a vote of 19-11, the passage of HB2, the Republican Party of Texas said
it was a testament to the proven conservative values that have made Texas one of
the most successful states in the nation for the last two decades.
“We continued that streak today, becoming a nationwide leader in pro-life legislation
and furthering the protection of women’s health around the state. As Democrats
continue to talk about their dreams of turning Texas blue, passage of HB2 is proof
that Texans are conservative and organized and we look forward to working with our
amazing Republican leadership in the Texas Legislature as they finish the special
session strong,” Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri said in a
The final rendition of the bill can be read or downloaded here.
The Legislature will be back in Session next week to wrap up the final two weeks of
the session with bills on transportation funding and criminal justice reform.
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas — In an important vote for pro-life values, the Republican-controlled Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 6 last Thursday afternoon in an effort to make abortion seekers think twice about getting abortions, after seeing the picture of the unborn child. The legislation requires that doctors must perform a sonogram at least two hours before an abortion and has additional language instructing doctors to describe the sonogram and details of the baby to the mother. SB 16 passed by a vote of 21- 10 with 18 Republican legislators voting for the bill.
RPT State Chairman Steve Munisteri praised the Senate for the vote, stating “I applaud our Texas Senators for passing the Sonogram Bill so quickly. Along with Voter ID, our Senators have been very responsive at passing these priority items – two of our RPT legislative priorities for the session. I wish to recognize and congratulate Senator Dan Patrick and Lt. Governor Dewhurst for their leadership on this bill and also wish to thank Gov. Rick Perry for naming this as an emergency item to allow the Senate to consider it early in the session.”
The Sonogram bill now moves on to the Texas House of Representatives where our Republican super-majority is expected to approve the measure with little delay. However, we still encourage all Texans who are concerned about the bill to contact their state representatives and urge them to support the passage of this legislation. http://www.newscastmedia.com/abortion-sonogram.html