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 8||Regulates 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 8||Amendment 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 8||Amendment 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 8||Amendment 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 8||Amendments to strengthen comprehensive reporting requirements and data collection for all abortions.||Texas Right to Life SUPPORTS|
|Amendments to SB 8||Amendments to clarify legal definitions of “abortion,” “ectopic pregnancy,” and “unborn child.”||Texas Right to Life SUPPORTS|
|Amendments to SB 8||Amendments to strengthen inspections and regulations of facilities committing abortions.||Texas Right to Life SUPPORTS|