‘Pre­born Pain Act’ has yet to be filed


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eola, a lead­ing abor­tion op­po­nent in the Leg­is­la­ture who is cam­paign­ing to re­place Speaker Joe Straus, R-San An­to­nio, as leader of the House.

“I think the peo­ple back home are send­ing a mes­sage by con­tin­u­ing to send strong pro-life ma­jori­ties to the Leg­is­la­ture, and that’s what em­bold­ens us,” Hughes said.

The ba­sic right to an abor­tion, set out in a 1973 de­ci­sion by the U.S. Supreme Court, still stands, leav­ing op­po­nents to chip away at the le­gal edges in hopes of lim­it­ing ac­cess to the pro­ce­dure.

Dur­ing the 2011 leg­isla­tive ses­sion, much of that work was fo­cused on a bill re­quir­ing women to re­ceive a sono­gram and lis­ten to a doc­tor de­scribe what it re­veals about the fe­tus at least 24 hours be­fore an abor­tion. Sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing Gov. Rick Perry, said they hoped the re­quire­ment would prompt women to re­con­sider the pro­ce­dure.

Abor­tion op­po­nents also cut mil­lions of dol­lars in state fund­ing for Planned Par­ent­hood, largely by cut­ting fam­ily plan­ning pro­grams by two-thirds and by re­in­forc­ing a move to ex­clude the or­ga­ni­za­tion from the Women’s Health Pro­gram, which pro­vides health and con­tra­cep­tive care to low-in­come women. Leg­is­la­tors also ap­proved a “Choose Life” spe­cialty li­cense plate, with pro­ceeds to go to­ward adop­tion pro­grams.

The sono­gram and li­cense plate bills passed af­ter mul­ti­ple failed at­tempts in pre­vi­ous ses­sions, while the Women’s Health Pro­gram ex­clu­sion

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