#HB2 Back-Door Abortion Ban Debate, Live On Twitter

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Today, the Texas House of Representatives is debating HB 2, the back-door abortion ban that Rep. Jodie “Rape Kits” Laubenberg is pushing around.

Democrats are expected to offer amendments that would lessen the terrible consequences of the bill, though Republicans will likely not accept them since Laubenberg — the state chair of ALEC — is either unwilling to consider amendments or simply cannot understand how they might actually provide any positive public health outcome.

The Austin Chronicle has a good explainer of what to expect today.

Below the jump, we're following today's action live via Twitter. Check out the best tweets from the hearing.  Update 12:00 p.m. From Katherine:

Yesterday's action ran late. Senate HHS testimony lasted until 1:30 a.m., and a pro-choice march that stepped off from the Capitol gates at 8:00 p.m. eventually worked its way back to the grounds for some late night demonstrations. KUT captured the moment:

This morning, pro-choice advocates were back early for the 9:30 a.m. launch of the Stand With Texas Women bus tour, which is making another stop in Austin today before heading to Houston tonight.

Update 12:20 p.m. from Genevieve:

Opposition to the bill so far has been overwhelmingly grounded in science and facts:

Update 12:25 p.m. from Michael:

Even the apparently sole Republican to oppose these bills, Sarah Davis, has gotten in the mix:

Meanwhile, Rep. Senfronia Thompson has found a few other Democrats to join her in waving a reminder of the horrific consequences of this bill:

Update 12:56 p.m. from Ben:

Another Republican Texas woman weighs in against this bill — Shelby Knox's mom.

Update 3:13 p.m. from Katherine:

Much of the debate today has centered on amendments offered by Democrats that would have actually made the bill less likely to run afoul of our judicial system for severely infringing on a woman's right to choose. Republicans, however, remain unmoved.

Republican Sarah Davis — the one R who opposes this legislation at least publicly and in her votes — also offered an extremely important amendment to the bill that would have allowed crucial additional exceptions to the 20-week ban that was resoundingly defeated.

Update 3:16 p.m. from Chaille:

A moment of levity before today's debate began. Anchia's former deskmate resigned from the Legislature to take a job with GoogleFiber in Austin.

And a reminder of what's driving much of this debate and the amendments offered:

Update 3:19 p.m. from Katherine:

Democrats are raising Points of Order on the process that are not being sustained, regardless of their validity.

Update 4:51 p.m. from Joe:

Update 5:03 p.m. from Katherine:

Republican legislators are mostly behaving badly during this floor debate, particularly in their attitudes towards the female Democrats who have offered amendments to this bill.

(Is that a tautology — “Republican legislators behaving badly” — or merely linguistically redundant?)


Except, ya know, for 37 of 42 abortion clinics in the state of Texas.


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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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