Anti-Choice Efforts Succeed in Texas

After a politically-charged few weeks in Texas, the state Senate passed highly restrictive abortion legislation at the very end of last week.  The bill now goes to the desk of antichoice Gov. Rick Perry, who has pledged to sign it.

The new bill will ban abortion beginning at 20 weeks after conception, unless the woman’s health is in immediate danger. It will also require doctors performing the procedure to have hospital-admitting privileges within 30 miles and for abortions to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers.  Another provision requires that a doctor to be present when a woman induces an abortion by taking a pill.

The restrictions approved Friday will be among the nation’s toughest and are part of a widespread effort to chip away at abortion rights at the state level.  Unfortunately, this legislation will almost certainly close most of the state’s abortion clinics and will disproportionately affect poor and rural women.  The result will likely be an increase in illegal and unsafe abortions, such as those found at the Mexican border.   

Sadly, Texas will soon illustrate the consequences of a large government that inserts ideological crusades into healthcare instead of respecting personal liberty and doctors’ expertise. 

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