AUSTIN, TX. – This morning, the Texas Legislature passed SB 5, the Pro-Life omnibus bill aimed at preserving unborn life and improving safety standards for abortion providers in the State of Texas.
SB 5 accomplishes four main goals. It prohibits abortions after 20 weeks, a time at which it has been shown that the fetus can experience pain. It improves women’s healthcare by requiring that abortions, like other similar procedures, to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers which have greater health and safety requirements than current abortion clinics. It requires doctors performing abortions in Texas have credentials for a hospital within 30 miles of where they are performing an abortion. Lastly, it also increases restrictions on abortion inducing drugs.
“SB 5 will save thousands of unborn lives each year, while additionally protecting Texas women from the low health and safety standards currently found in abortion clinics,” said Springer. “I am proud to have played my part in passing this critical bill out of the Texas House.”
The House passed SB 5 on Second Reading at around 4:30 this morning. After a two hour break, the Representatives came back and debated the measure for several more hours until they reached final passage around 10:00AM. The bill will now return to the Senate, where it will fight a Tuesday night Special Session deadline to pass into law.
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