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SB5: Dead Anti-Abortion Bills See New Life In Special Session

Photo: Photo courtesy Planned Parenthood Greater Texas, License: N/A

Photo courtesy Planned Parenthood Greater Texas

If enacted, the bills create an environment where women will be less safe and have fewer options, Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, told the Current. And that can mean carrying unwanted pregnancy to term or undergoing dangerous, unregulated, back-alley abortions.

“These bills didn’t pass during regular session for a reason,” she says. “Conservative-to-moderate lawmakers didn’t want to take it up, and that speaks volumes. And now they are ramming it through during special session, where it can move along much more quickly with fewer procedural controls.

Those controls exist for a reason — to prevent extreme liberal or conservative views from dominating.”

A small faction of influential right-wingers may make it seem like all Texans spend their free time picketing abortion clinics, but it’s worth noting attitudes about the procedure are more accepting — a 2013 poll conducted by University of Texas at Austin and The Texas Tribune found that 52 percent of respondants agree abortion should be legal.

What this last-ditch effort to revive failed abortion-restrictive bills really signifies is that even in Texas, the political mainstream isn’t on board with an idealogically-driven assault on abortion. Instead of playing fair, Perry and co. realize the only shot they have to push their anti-choice agenda further is through cunning procedural maneuvers in the eleventh hour. 

Let’s hope the mainstream wins out.

At press time, the Senate was scheduled to take up SB5 on June 18, check for updates at

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