Deadline for vote approaching in Austin
Time is running out on Austin lawmakers to pass what would be the nation’s toughest abortion laws. Some insiders believe that the bill will get done, but it will come down to the wire.
That's because Democrats have promised to filibuster the bill when it comes up for debate at 11 o'clock this morning. Republicans will have 13 hours to get SB 5 passed. Analyst Bill Miller tells KTRH he thinks it'll get done, but it won’t be easy.
“It’ll be a good effort on all sides. But it will probably pass notwithstanding the filibuster,” Miller told KTRH. “The obstructions from a timing standpoint will somehow be worked around. I would bet it gets done, but it won’t be easy and it will be close.”
Miller says one of the reasons it'll get through is because lawmakers do not want to return for a second special session. Rochelle Tafoya of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast says if it passes, the bill will wind up in court.
“There have been overreaches like this in many other states, and those have all ended up in court before judges who have told politicians the law isn’t on their side,” Tafoya told KTRH.
The proposed bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks, giving Texas the toughest abortion laws in the country. Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life told KTRH history would be made if the bill winds up going through.
“It’s truly significant and marks an enormous step in Texas for protecting the lives of the preborn and women,” Graham explained.