The state Senate on Tuesday approved six anti-abortion bills, including a proposal to outlaw the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is usually known before a woman becomes pregnant. The second method completely prohibits the procedure.
The second step will be to legislate if the US Supreme Court overturns earlier decisions to legalize abortion. Opponents of abortion have vowed to pursue an aggressive agenda. To limit the availability of the procedure strictly,
we start in different places. When we discuss it, said Sen. Angela Paxon, a Republican from Mckinney and author of the proposal to outlaw abortion. A mother's life is especially significant, as is the life of an unborn infant. It's a difficult situation. It's a difficult situation for a woman to stay inside; it's a difficult situation for a child who can't survive. I have the most dangerous time, and it doesn't have the ability to protect itself. "
The chamber passed five of the 19-12 bills, with all Republicans voting with the right to vote, with Eddie Lucio Jr., a Democrat from Brownsville. A sixth bill, 20-11, was passed, with two Democrats supporting it.
The measures are now under consideration in the House. It is one of the first bills to be debated and passed in the Senate and is a top priority for Republican leader Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the two upper houses.
Texas is a pro-life state, and this law reveals our continued devotion to shielding those at high risk. I can't wait to sign this life-saving law," Patrick said in a statement.
"Such a highly political agenda is not what Texans need or need right now," said Dyana Limon Mercado, executive director of Planted Parenthood Texas Votes.
""Texans are still recovering from a deadly natural disaster despite an epidemic, while Dean Patrick and the legislature are working to ban abortion, which threatens the well-being of some people," he said. ۔" He said in a statement. It's a waste of time. "
Senate Bill 8 prohibits abortion when the fetal heartbeat can be detected, which usually occurs around six weeks into pregnancy. Texas law now prohibits abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy - or up to 22 weeks after the last menstrual period.