This is exactly what I have been saying all along! Straus has sabotaged all the pro-life bills this year. He killed the bills in regular session and in the special session he waited till the last minute to get the bills to the Senate so that there was not enough time for them to pass. He did the same thing with the big anti-TSA bill last session.
There will likely be a second special session called by Governor Perry to pass these pro-life bills.
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Pro-Choice Mob Disrupts Texas Abortion Vote but Pro-Life Bill PASSES at Midnight after Filibusterread full story online here: http://www.texasconservativerepublicannews.com/2013/06/pro-choice-mob-disrupts-texas-abortion-bill-special-session-filibuster.html
This Bill Should Have NEVER had to go to Special Session. It Should have been Passed in Regular Session but Speaker Joe Straus Killed It in Regular Session and pushed it to the end of the Special Session
The only reason that the pro life bill even had to go down to the wire in a special session is because Texas Speaker Joe Straus KILLED all pro life bills in the regular session. That is right, the Texas Senate was able to have time to debate and pass several pro-life bills in the regular session. These bills were sent to the Texas House where they would have EASILY passed the near super-majority Republican body. The problem is that the pro-choice Speaker Joe Straus did not allow his leadership to let the bills out of committee. They never even made it to the floor for a vote.
Texas pro-life LT Governor David Dewhurst asked for the bills to be added onto the special session because stopping unborn babies from suffering and increasing the health and protection of women is important to him. Joe Straus, like always, did not show any support for adding the pro-life bills to the special session and Straus even criticized Governor Perry for adding extra bills on the short 30 day special session (referring to the pro-life bills). Thankfully we have a pro-life Governor, Rick Perry, and he put the pro-life bills on the Special Session agenda.
Joe Straus cut the special session short a few days by sending the legislators home, even though Straus knew the special session was short and knew that these pro-life bills would be added by Perry. Straus then went on to schedule the pro-life bills at the very end of the special session knowing that the pro life bills, when passed by the House, would still need to go back to the Senate to be approved with little time left and with a much stronger Democrat presence in the Senate.
What Was Passed in the Pro Life Bill SB5?
Several important laws were passed in this pro-life bill. According to Texas Right to Life, Senate Bill 5 would affirm the state's interest in protecting the lives of preborn children who feel pain by banning abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization. Senate Bill 5 also requires all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and lastly, requires a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.