News Headlines

Gov. Perry supports ban on abortion after 20 weeks

Gov. Rick Perry threw his support Tuesday behind legislation that would ban abortion in Texas after 20 weeks, the point at which he and other anti-abortion activists say a fetus can feel pain. The Legislature, which will reconvene Jan. 8 for a 140-day session.  The proposed bill, however, should have widespread support in Texas' largely Republican Legislature, which passed several laws in its 2011 session that made it more difficult to get an abortion, including a law that requires women to have a sonogram before going ahead with the procedure and putting in place a 24-hour waiting period between the time she sees a doctor and has the abortion.  Forty-one states already have laws banning abortions after 20 weeks, unless the woman's health is in danger. Texas' law would include a similar exception, said Elizabeth Graham, director of Texas Right to Life.  The law would help strengthen audits and inspections of the clinics and help ensure all laws are being enforced, Graham said.

Family Features

Loading Family Features Content Widget
Loading Family Features Article