'We're Not Gonna Take It': HB 2 Passes Senate Committee

Moves to full Senate; can be heard as early as tomorrow

'We're Not Gonna Take It': HB 2 Passes Senate Committee
Photo by Jana Birchum

Orange-clad opponents of the controversial abortion regulations House Bill 2 rose from their chairs while singing Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" as the Senate Health and Human Services Committee this morning voted 6-3 along party lines to pass the measure onto the full body for consideration.

The vote came after lawmakers also shot down two amendments – also on party lines – that would have provided a rape and incest exemption to the bill's 20-week ban on abortion, and another that would have exempt from clinic upgrades to ambulatory surgical centers those facilities that would close and leave women more than 50 miles from the nearest health care provider.

After noting that he would like to be shown voting against the rape and incest exemption (he wasn't in the room when the vote was first taken), Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said that during the marathon committee hearing on the measures that was held Monday, he heard lots of testimony that amounted to people "making bad choices" and then wanting to "walk away from that choice." He noted that babies born into a bad situation in the "slums" of India may not have many opportunities, but that is not the case with babies born in the United States.

The measure now moves to the full Senate for debate, which could come as early as tomorrow afternoon when the Senate convenes at 2 pm.

For more, check out our War on Women's Health page.

READ MORE
More Abortion
Campus Carry Passes, Abortion Insurance Ban Fails
Campus Carry Carries
Dems strike last minute deal after hours of chubbing

Richard Whittaker, May 27, 2015

Senate Votes to Ban Insurance Coverage for Abortion
Senate Bans Abortion Coverage
GOP moves to prevent health insurers from covering abortion

Mary Tuma, May 6, 2015

More HB 2
Texas Awaits Supreme Court HB 2 Ruling
Texas Awaits Supreme Court HB 2 Ruling
Attorneys voice confidence in SCOTUS striking abortion law

Mary Tuma, June 7, 2016

SCOTUS Stops HB 2 – For Now
SCOTUS Blocks HB 2
In 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court temporarily blocks abortion law

Mary Tuma, June 29, 2015

More by Jordan Smith
'Chrome Underground' Goes Classic Car Hunting
'Chrome Underground' Goes Classic Car Hunting
Motoreum's Yusuf & Antonio talk about the biz and their reality TV debut

May 22, 2014

APD Brass Shifts Up, Down, Across
APD Brass Shifts Up, Down, Across
Musical chairs at Downtown HQ

May 9, 2014

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

abortion, reproductive rights, war on women, women's health, Larry Taylor, Jane Nelson, SB 1, HB 2, Legislature, 83rd Legislature

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)