After being delayed a day because of the long floor debate on the Voter ID bill, the House State Affairs committee is set to hear multiple Pro-Life bills this afternoon. The list of measures includes two of Texas Right to Life’s top legislative priorities:
- HB 816 sponsored by Chairman Todd Hunter, opting abortion funding out of the ObamaCare state exchange programs. The way ObamaCare was passed last year allows insurance coverage for abortion to be paid for by government subsidies in the state exchange program to be set up in Texas by 2014. This bill would prohibit abortion insurance coverage from being included in the health benefit plans offered through the state exchange program. (See footnote)
- HB 1602 sponsored by Representative Bill Zedler, requiring confidential data collection of abortions committed in Texas and reporting of post-abortion complications on women. Currently, the Department of State Health Services receives very minimal and inaccurate data concerning abortions occurring in Texas. This bill will require accurate data be reported by abortion clinics, and all identifying or personal information will remain confidential.
- HB 1078 by Rep Phil King strengthens the requirements for who can represent a minor seeking to receive a judicial bypass to circumvent the parental consent for abortion legislation.
- HJR 55 by Representative Christian, proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting hospital districts from using local tax revenue to fund abortions.
- HJR 22 by Representative David Simpson, proposing a constitutional amendment to prohibit any government entity from contracting, partnering, or otherwise providing financial support and incentives to organizations that commit abortions or perform abortion-related services.