Pro-Life Scorecard Alert – May 19, 2017

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The Pro-Life Scorecard is one of the most reliable tools for Texas voters who want the truth about who leads, who follows, and who is subverting Pro-Life legislative efforts under the Capitol dome. As the session progresses, Texas Right to Life ardently watches and analyzes legislation and amendments that impact Pro-Life initiatives.

After the close of the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature, votes on such measures will be released in a detailed report of the Pro-Life efforts and missed opportunities after adjournment of this session.

Pro-Life Scorecard Alert – Friday, May 19, 2017

On Friday, May 19, the Texas House of Representatives will debate and vote on Senate Bill 8, a bill that addresses the bodies of the victims of abortion. While the bill is well-intended, SB 8 needs substantial amendments to be a meaningful, Pro-Life reform.

The following votes will be included in Texas Right to Life’s Pro-Life Scorecard for the 85th Session:

 

Senate Bill 8
Texas Right to Life is neutral on Senate Bill 8 unless the bill is amended with strengthening Pro-Life amendments.  Although well-intended and reflective of our values regarding the dignity of human Life, the bill does not actually save unborn lives.  SB 8 merely reiterates a federal prohibition on partial-birth abortion and addresses what to do with the bodies of the victims of abortion after the child is tragically killed.  In order for SB 8 to be considered a major, life-saving victory, the following Pro-Life amendments must be successfully adopted during debate on the floor of the Texas House.
House Committee Substitute of Senate Bill 8Regulates the treatment and disposition of the bodies of the victims of abortion and addresses prohibited abortion procedures.Texas Right to Life is NEUTRAL unless amended
Amendment to SB 8Amendment to prohibit the gruesome and inhumane practice of dismemberment abortion in Texas.  (Similar to House Bill 844.)Texas Right to Life SUPPORTS
Amendment to SB 8Amendment to close loopholes in current Pro-Life laws that do not protect preborn children with disabilities from abortion.Texas Right to Life SUPPORTS
Amendment to SB 8Amendment to outlaw coercing or forcing a woman to seek an abortion and put into law practical mechanisms to stop women from suffering coerced abortions.Texas Right to Life SUPPORTS
Amendments to SB 8Amendments to strengthen comprehensive reporting requirements and data collection for all abortions.Texas Right to Life SUPPORTS
Amendments to SB 8Amendments to clarify legal definitions of “abortion,” “ectopic pregnancy,” and “unborn child.”Texas Right to Life SUPPORTS
Amendments to SB 8Amendments to strengthen inspections and regulations of facilities committing abortions.Texas Right to Life SUPPORTS

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