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 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
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