Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Screaming woman removed after House voted to approve abortion regulations
State troopers carried her out of the gallery by her hands and feet.
The House voted 96-49 on Wednesday to give final approval to proposed abortion regulations in Texas. House Bill 2, which would ban abortion at 20 weeks and enact some of the strictest regulations in the country on abortion providers and facilities, now heads to the Senate.
“If we’re going to ask for more children to come into this world, we should provide for them,” said state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio. She offered an amendment, which lawmakers tabled, that would have extended state benefits to children put into the foster care and adoption system by women who could not access abortion as a result of the legislation. She added, “We know there are going to be lots of cases where the mothers just cannot, even though they may want to, they cannot take care of them.”
The bill’s author, state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, said the amendment falsely assumed that abortion services would not be available. "It goes under the assumption that if a child is born in need that there are no services available, and that is also not the case,” she said.
Unless two-thirds of Senate lawmakers vote to suspend the rules — unlikely, given the number of Democrats opposed to the legislation — HB 2 cannot be considered in the upper chamber until 24 hours after it is approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. That means the earliest the legislation could be considered by the full Senate is Friday. The committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday.*
During the final vote, a woman screamed from the gallery that she objected to the proceedings. She refused to quiet or leave, and state troopers carried her out of the gallery by her hands and feet.
House Administration Chairman Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, said five women were arrested and taken to jail by state police who were stationed in the House gallery. Several of them sat through the opening prayer and pledges of allegiance to the national and state flags. When the abortion bill came to a final vote in the House, they began shouting, "We will not be silenced," but the vote proceeded, uninterrupted.
State troopers remove woman after Texas House approves abortion bill
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Ross Ramsey contributed to this report.