More Abortion Restrictions on the Top of Rick Perry's Legislative Agenda

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You'd think that after last session, when Rick Perry helped pass mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds and a ban on state funds for health care groups that support abortion rights, that it would be enough.

Nope. Rick Perry and his fellow Texas Republicans in the Legislature are determined to deny women their free choice even more. The Associated Press reports that Perry has told lawmakers that he wants to see more abortion restrictions passed in the session, with the goal “to make abortion at any stage a thing of the past.”

“We … need to better protect our most vulnerable citizens, the unborn, by expanding the ban on abortion to any baby that can feel the pain of the procedure, and putting in place common-sense oversights on clinics and physicians involved,” Perry told lawmakers on the opening day of the 2013 legislative session.

That proposed ban on abortions for fetuses “that can feel the pain” is based on junk science falsely claiming that fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks. There is no evidence for that because it's a lie – fetuses don't have nerves at 20 weeks.

The AP has more on two specific proposals:

Ardent anti-abortion activist Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, has introduced a bill that would make it more difficult for doctors to prescribe medications that induce abortions by adding a number of new requirements. The doctor must have a contract with another physician who promises to treat any emergencies arising from the drug, must designate a hospital where the emergency would be treated and the emergency physician must have admitting, gynecological and surgical privileges at the hospital.

These requirements, among others in the bill, make it more difficult for doctors to prescribe these medications, particularly in rural areas.

Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Houston, has introduced a bill that would prohibit doctors from performing abortions based on the gender of the child.

How about the lack of well-paying jobs in Texas? What about our worst-in-the-country health of citizens? How about our rapidly deteriorating environment, or passing gun laws to prevent shootings like the one that happened yesterday in Houston? No, none of that type of common sense legislation from Rick Perry and his Republican goons. Just more right-wing nonsense.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it affects every other issue in American politics. He is currently on leave for the election season.

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