What does it take to have the “toughest abortion law in the country”?
Not much, apparently.
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has called the Texas legislature into second special session for July 1. The legislature failed to vote on SB5, a bill to regulate abortion, before a midnight deadline at the end of a first special session on June 25. A pro-abortion filibuster by a pink-sneakered abortion-absolutist legislator was reportedly augmented by a disruptive crowd in the gallery. Dr. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life describes the scene:
At 12:03 last night, the Texas Senate voted 19-10 to pass a pro-life omnibus bill that Democrat senator Wendy Davis had been filibustering earlier. But that was three minutes too late. The bill had to pass by midnight. Why were they three minutes late recording the vote? Because abortion activists had succeeded in creating so much chaos in the chamber, the Senate was unable to maintain an orderly process. The filibuster actually ended at 10:30, leaving an hour and a half in the legislative session to consider the bill. But mob rule took over with the protestors [sic] in the galleries overwhelming the number of police there to keep order.
What was in what the New York Times called “some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country“?
- A ban in abortions after 20 weeks
- A requirement that abortion facilities meet the same standards as all other ambulatory care centers
- A requirement that a physician performing an abortion have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility at which the abortion is performed
Full text of the bill as introduced is here. It says no late-term abortions, and enhanced safety for women. Tough, hmmm?
Abby Johnson is calling on pro-lifers to get to Austin on July 1. Her Facebook page will have updates in the coming days.