The bill, as finally passed and reported in the Texas Tribune, would ban abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization and recognize that the state has a compelling interest to protect fetuses from pain; require doctors performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the abortion facility; require doctors to administer the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 in person, rather than allowing the woman to take it at home; and require abortions — including drug-induced ones — to be performed in clinics equal to ambulatory surgical centers.
Gov. Rick Perry, in responding to the final bill, said, “This legislation builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect women's health. I am proud of our lawmakers and citizens who tirelessly defended our smallest and most vulnerable Texans and future Texans."
Susan Roylance is the international policy and social development coordinator for the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society.
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