Abor­tion foes have big plans for 2013

They will look to fur­ther reg­u­late use of drugs, time when pro­ce­dure can be done.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Chuck Lin­dell clin­dell@states­man.com

Hop­ing to con­tinue build­ing mo­men­tum in a Repub­li­can­run state, abor­tion op­po­nents are head­ing into the 2013 leg­isla­tive ses­sion with an­other am­bi­tious wish list, in­clud­ing a mea­sure that would ban the pro­ce­dure be­gin­ning in the 20th week of preg­nancy.

That bill, which is still be­ing writ­ten, would de­clare that a fe­tus can feel pain in the 20th week, an as­ser­tion many abor­tion rights sup­port­ers dis­pute.

Other leg­is­la­tion — some ffiled, most still in the plan­ning stages — would fur­ther reg­u­late the use of abor­tionin­duc­ing drugs, seek to cut ofl Planned Par­ent­hood from any re­main­ing Med­i­caid money and set up a sys­tem of stricter state in­spec­tions and au­dits of abor­tion clin­ics.

“We’re look­ing at a big pro­life ma­jor­ity in the House and in the Se­nate, so we ought to ex­pect some big pro-life ac­com­plish­ments,” said state Rep. Bryan Hughes, R-Min-

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