New Texas Bill Would Ban Late-Term Abortions on Disabled Babies

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 15, 2016   |   10:36AM   |   Austin, TX

Despite a setback at the U.S. Supreme Court this summer, Texas lawmakers are refusing to give up on their efforts to protect unborn babies from abortion.

On Monday, state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, filed a bill that would protect babies with disabilities by prohibiting women from having late-term abortions because of a fetal anomaly, according to Dallas News.

Texas House Bill 87 would change state legislation that currently allows “abortions to take place in the third trimester only if the fetus is not viable, if the abortion is necessary to prevent death or serious impairment to the woman or if the fetus has a severe abnormality,” according to the report.

Legislators also introduced three other abortion-related measures, including a bill to increase reporting requirements for abortion facilities and a bill to require that aborted babies’ remains be cremated or buried, the report states. A third measure would amend the state constitution to extend the rights of life and liberty to unborn babies and prohibit abortions, according to the report.

Two other states, Indiana and North Dakota, already passed similar legislation to ban abortions based on fetal abnormalities. Earlier this year, Indiana lawmakers approved a bill to prohibit abortions on unborn babies based solely on a genetic disorder such as Down syndrome, the baby’s race or sex.

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In 2013, North Dakota became the first state to pass a similar bill to protect unborn babies from abortions because of disabilities. A handful of states also ban abortions based solely on the baby’s sex.