Watch as the Texas GOP Tries Again to Pass Its Anti-Abortion Bill

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
July 12 2013 4:32 PM

Chaos Broke Out the Last Time the Texas Senate Debated Abortion. Will History Repeat Itself Tonight?

172085591
Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) sits at her desk on the first day of the second legislative special session on July 1, 2013 in Austin, Texas

Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

The more exciting—and absurd!—action may very well be taking place on in the galleries, but you can follow along below as Texas Republicans try again to push through the sweeping abortion restrictions that were temporarily derailed late last month by Wendy Davis. It may prove to be another late night in Austin, but barring something totally unexpected it appears as though there's nothing Davis and her liberal allies will be able to do this time around to prevent the bill's passage. Of course, that doesn't mean they won't try.

For those who need it, the Texas Tribune has a refresher on the four main abortion-restricting provisions in the package:

It would ban abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization and recognize that the state has a compelling interest to protect fetuses from pain; require doctors performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the abortion facility; require doctors to administer the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 in person, rather than allowing the woman to take it at home; and require abortions — including drug-induced ones — to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers.
Advertisement

The House has already passed the bill, meaning the looming Senate vote is the only thing standing in the way from it reaching the desk of Gov. Rick Perry, who quickly called the current 30-day special session in the wake of Democrats' unexpected Davis-led June victory. Once the bill becomes law, the Lone Start State will be the twelfth to ban abortion at some point in the second trimester, before a fetus is viable. Whether those laws survive looming legal challenges, however, remains to be seen.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Foreigners

More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?

The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.

Jurisprudence

Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

What to Do if You Literally Get a Bug in Your Ear

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 16 2014 7:03 PM Kansas Secretary of State Loses Battle to Protect Senator From Tough Race
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
  Life
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 8:43 PM This 17-Minute Tribute to David Fincher Is the Perfect Preparation for Gone Girl
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 6:40 PM This iPhone 6 Feature Will Change Weather Forecasting
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 16 2014 11:46 PM The Scariest Campfire Story More horrifying than bears, snakes, or hook-handed killers.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.