Texas Lawmaker Introduces Bill Blocking Abortion Restrictions Until Death Penalty Banned
Texas House Representative Harold Dutton Jr. (D) has introduced HB45, a counter-measure that would halt any further abortion restrictions until the state bans capital punishment.
The text of the bill reads "Notwithstanding any other law, a law enacted on or after June 1, 2013, that restricts access to abortion or the availability of abortion does not take effect until 60 days after publication in the Texas Register of a finding of fact made by the attorney general that the state has abolished the use of the death penalty as a punishment available on final conviction of a criminal offense." HB45 is in response to the Texas legislature's recent passage of severe anti-abortion restrictions that threaten to close 37 of the state's 42 clinics. funny pictures with captionsfunny pictures
Last month Texas Senator Wendy Davis (D) successfully filibustered SB5, the bill's previous incarnation in the Senate; however, Texas Governor Rick Perry called a second special session in order to ensure its passage. Dutton previously attempted to attach a similar amendment to the House's original bill. funny images
Texas recently executed its 500th and 501st inmates and is due to execute another this month. Over half of the state's executions have occurred under Perry's administration. Texas leads the states for the number of executions. funny photos
Media Resources: Huffington Post 7/17/2013; Reuters 7/15/2013; Texas Legislator Online 7/8/2013; Feminist Newswire 7/15/2013, 6/27/2013, 6/26/2013
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