With just one week left in the special session of the Texas Legislature, the Senate has passed tough new rules for abortion clinics.
The House will now consider the bill that would:
- require abortions to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers
- require that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles
- require patients who take abortion-inducing drugs to do so in front of a doctor, and see their physician for a follow-up within two weeks
Last night, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst tweeted, "We fought to pass Senate Bill 5, and this is why," along with a map being used by pro-choice groups to show that 37 of the state's 42 abortion clinics would be forced to shut down if the bill becomes law.
State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) is one of the bill's strongest critics, who made it clear this measure has less to do with women and more to do with political primaries.
"It really is absolutely contrary to the values that we hold most dear as Texans, and that, of course, is our personal decision-making," Davis said in a live interview on News 8 at Five. "They don't care about those values that we hold as Texans, and instead they care more about their own political ambitions."
Davis labeled the abortion bill a "charade" that she said does not fool Texas women.
"Women in Texas know very well, and certainly those of us arguing against it on the floor last knight know very well what this is about," she said. "It's about scoring cheap political points in primaries upcoming for some of these elected officials."