Texas Republicans finally pass abortion limits delayed by filibuster; Democrats vow challenge

  • Article by: CHRIS TOMLINSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 13, 2013 - 6:05 PM

AUSTIN, Texas — Republican lawmakers in Texas passed a bill that would give the state some of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws and force most of its clinics to close, leading Democrats to promise a fight over the contentious measure in the courts and at the ballot box.

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murphydogJul. 13, 13 7:56 AM

Texas - pro life - really? How many executions do they do?

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avejoeconJul. 13, 13 8:16 AM

Texas - pro life - really? How many executions do they do?-----------------------How many innocent little children have brutally killed another person!

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wdntyouknwJul. 13, 13 8:42 AM

Until the gerrymandering in Texas has stopped, the 51% Republican majority will rule with an iron fist.

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avejoeconJul. 13, 13 8:47 AM

Until the gerrymandering in Texas has stopped, the 51% Republican majority will rule with an iron fist.----------Just wondering if you are equally opposed to the majorities created by Democrats in their states?

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gemie1Jul. 13, 13 8:47 AM

How any many innocent minorities are sent directly to death row? Texas has the highest amount of people put to death by the state. Please, they are as dedicated to life as the Taliban. The middle ground boys, is where the American boy want to go on this topic.

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comsenJul. 13, 13 8:58 AM

the law requires a surgical place for the surgery of abortion, no abortion after 5 months when the child is on the edge of living outside the womb and registration for doctors, who have to be registered for everything else. How radical is that? Amazing how hard people fight to make abortion a special case unlike any other surgical procedure.

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heffayJul. 13, 13 9:14 AM

So comsen, in your eyes all surgeries are equivalent? Should the same rules be applied to vasectomies?

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thoroughbred21Jul. 13, 13 9:17 AM

comsen, you are incorrect. The law requires that doctors performing abortion have admitting privileges at hospitals; this is a huge financial implication for a doc who is independent. And there are politics around hospital admitting privileges that are quite difficult to negotiate, because big money is involved. Also, the law requires that a women's health clinic that provides abortions meet the physical facility requirements of a general surgery center, just like the ones that do brain surgery, heart transplants, open heart surgery, etc. Again, this is big $$$ and entirely unnecessary. The law is a transparent attempt to stop abortions altogether, except for financially privileged women.

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formergopJul. 13, 13 9:23 AM

The goptp in Texas are running scared. They know that their days of being the majority are numbered.

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teddygJul. 13, 13 9:24 AM

There are not similar admitting/surgery center regulations in Texas for other equivalent outpatient procedures, which is why this new law will likely be overturned by the courts. Arbitrary.

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