Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Texas Legislative Session: Coulda Been Worse!

Shut the front door! Texas Republican legislators did bring the crazy, they couldn't seem to get it out of committee. As reported in the San Antonio Express-News, at least 24 anti-choice bills and several more affecting contraception were filed but failed to pass this session. Highlights include:
  • HB 2364: banning abortions after 20 weeks based on the medically unsubstantiated claim of fetal pain;
  • SB 537: mandating that clinics providing abortion care adhere to the standards of general, outpatient surgery centers;
  • SB 1198: forcing abortion providers to gaining admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice, the OG of TRAP bills; and
  • HB 649: AKA "The Hobby Lobby Bill", indemnifying private businesses for any penalties incurred for flouting contraceptive health insurance requirement under the Affordable Care Act.
None of these made it onto Governor Hair's desk for signature, thank goodness! AND, the Texas Legislature got it together to restore funding for women's healthcare. Granted, the workaround involved the Democrats conceding that Planned Parenthood remains ineligible for state funding, and the federal government disbursing Title X funds through non-state entities. But, there's no denying this is a victory for the thousands of Texans who raised holy hell over the sonogram/waiting period/crisis pregnancy/wholesale defunding of women's healthcare clusterf*ck that was the 2012 session.

So, today's $5 is for the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, which works hard to ensure that Texas women have access to complete medical care.

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