Texas is heatin’ up, and it isn’t just the weather: for the past few weeks, pro-choice and anti-abortion activists have battled it out outside the statehouse in Austin over the bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill would require all abortions to be performed at ambulatory surgical centers, even for non-surgical abortions (i.e. those using the RU-486 abortion pill), and force all doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. If the bill is signed into law, only a few of the state’s 42 abortion clinics in Texas would remain open.
On June 25, State Senator Wendy Davis successfully blocked the bill with an 11-hour filibuster. But Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is anti-abortion, called a special session of the legislature and it is up for debate again. All week, both sides have been singing and chanting and arguing their point of views. You can watch a live feed of today’s debate here. Keep reading »