Texas anti-abortion efforts renewed after Supreme Court defeat

by Associated Press  |  published on February 17, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas — Undeterred by a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down sweeping abortion restrictions that were sold as protecting women’s health, Texas Republicans are pushing new measures pitched as protecting fetuses, with a hopeful eye toward Washington.

New anti-abortion measures are moving through the Legislature — where Democrats are virtually powerless to stop them — and opponents see a shift in GOP strategy after last year’s 5-3 Supreme Court ruling that rejected the state’s claims of trying to safeguard women and dismantled a 2013 law that prompted many of the state’s abortion clinics to close.

A state Senate committee on Wednesday will begin hearing three anti-abortion measures, none of which claim to be aimed at protecting women’s health. And with the Supreme Court apparently set to become more socially conservative under President Donald Trump, Republicans say there is a new opportunity.

“You would be almost remiss and neglectful, in my opinion, not to push that envelope going forward knowing what’s coming up,” Republican state Sen. Charles Perry said.