“For decades, the State of Texas has allowed the discriminatory, barbaric, and murderous practice of aborting babies in the womb, and it must come to an end,” said Slaton. “It is time for Texas to protect the natural right to life for the tiniest and most innocent Texans, and this bill does just that.”
Texas enjoys a national reputation as a “pro-life” state and is often targeted by pro-abortion organizations. However, in the past few years, Texas has slipped to 20th in the nation on the Americans United for Life’s national rankings.
Under current Texas law, there are some restrictions on abortion—such as requiring parental notice and consent for minors, as well as counseling requirements—but Texas also has public coverage for some Medicaid-funded contraceptive services.
The topic of abortion appears in the priorities for both Republicans and Democrats this legislative session, with the abolition of abortion being a key Republican priority and the expansion of abortion being an important Democrat priority.
“It’s time Republicans make it clear that we actually think abortion is murder. We have to lead, and the time is now. Unborn children are dying at a faster rate in Texas than COVID patients, but Texas isn’t taking the abortion crisis seriously,” Slaton added.
Similar legislation was filed in the 86th Legislative Session. The bill was referred to the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee, where it did not receive a vote out of committee.