FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07/09/2013
TEXAS HOUSE PASSES HB 2, PRO-LIFE OMNIBUS BILL
AUSTIN, TX. – This evening, the Texas House of Representatives passed HB 2, the Pro-Life omnibus bill aimed at preserving unborn life and improving safety standards for abortion providers in the State of Texas.
HB 2 accomplishes four main goals. It prohibits abortions after 20 weeks, a time at which it has been shown that the fetus can experience pain. It improves women’s healthcare by requiring that abortions, like other similar procedures, to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers which have greater health and safety requirements than current abortion clinics. It requires doctors performing abortions in Texas have credentials for a hospital within 30 miles of where they are performing an abortion. Lastly, it also increases restrictions on abortion inducing drugs.
“I am proud to announce that today we passed HB 2 which will save thousands of unborn lives each year, while at the same time protecting Texas women from the low health and safety standards currently found in clinics,” said Springer.
HB 2 will now move onto third reading before advancing to the Texas Senate where it will go before committee and be debated by the Senate body as a whole.
The Texas Legislature is currently in week two of the second Special Session brought forth by Governor Perry. In addition to considering Pro-Life legislation, both bodies will consider legislation regarding transportation and juvenile criminal justice.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact Rep. Springer's Capitol office by phone (512) 463- 0526 or by email Drew.Springer@house.state.tx.us.