Vote could come as early as Friday, but it could be headed to court
It’s on to the Texas Senate for the controversial abortion bill that would give Texas the nation’s strictest rules on abortion. The Senate could vote as early as Friday following the bill's easy passage in the House.
But even if the Senate passes and Governor Rick Perry signs it into law, it doesn't mean it will be enforced. Legal analyst Chris Tritico told KTRH it'll wind up in court.
“There are groups ready to file suit seeking to declare this new law unconstitutional. They can’t file until the Governor signs it. Those are ready to go,” Tritico explained.
Texas Congressman Ted Poe told Matt Patrick the rest of the country is watching.
“This is a big battle state on this issue and all issues. As goes Texas, so goes the United States on many issues,” Poe explained. “But this legislation will pass. The Governor will sign it. Texas will show how it protects unborn babies.”
Tritico says it could be years before the issue is resolved.
“If it goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court it could take four or five years to get it all the way there and have a ruling, assuming they accept it,” Tritico explained.
Will the law be in effect while it’s in court?
“It really depends on whose court you end up in as to whether or not you get the ruling that it’s unconstitutional or an injunction barring it from being enforced while it’s being appealed,” Tritico explained.
Some political heavy hitters are getting involved in the debate. Former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is in Austin today to throw his support behind the bill. Another former Presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee has been at rallies in Austin and Houston this week.