The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee today approved those new abortion restrictions, clearing the way for the measure to pass the full Senate tomorrow, 1200 WOAI's Michael Board reports.
As pro choice activists sung 'We're Not Gonna Take It,' Senators approved the measure which outlaws abortion after 20 weeks gestation, and requires that abortion clinics take special steps to register as ambulatory surgical centers.
It was in the Senate two weeks ago that a chaotic filibuster forced the chamber to adjourn without passing the measure. A vote tomorrow will assure that there are three weeks left in the Special Session, making a filibuster unlikely.
"This whole issue has brought to light the huge needs that we have" for preventative health care in Texas," State Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Plano) told the chamber.
State Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) told the chamber that it is time to do something to reform the state's adoption and foster care system.
"We have over 6,000 children in this state who are wards of the state," West said.' "The question is, what are we doing to assist those kids."
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst said he will not allow any outbursts in the Senate gallery tomorrow when the final vote is taken. He says he will instruct Capitol police to eject any citizen who starts shouting or otherwise disrupts the Chamber.