Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged lawmakers Wednesday to pass a bill to protect women and unborn babies from abortion drugs during their special legislative session.
The Texas Tribune reports the pro-life legislation is one of 11 priorities that Abbott listed for the special session, which begins Thursday.
Texas lawmakers passed several pro-life laws already this year, including one to prohibit abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. However, the heartbeat law is expected to be blocked in court before it goes into effect.
The additional pro-life bill that Abbott supports would address an immediate and growing problem with abortion drugs in Texas.
According to his office, the bill is similar to state Senate Bill 394, “which prohibits people from providing abortion-inducing drugs by mail or delivery service, strengthens the laws applicable to the reporting of abortions and abortion complications, and ensures that no abortion-inducing drugs are provided unless there is voluntary and informed consent.”
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The bill also would require that doctors provide the abortion drugs after verifying the pregnancy in-person to ensure there are no life-threatening problems, such as an ectopic pregnancy.
“The 87th Legislative Session was a monumental success for the people of Texas, but we have unfinished business to ensure that Texas remains the most exceptional state in America,” the Republican governor said in a statement. “I look forward to working with my partners in the Legislature to pass this legislation as we build a brighter future for all who call Texas home.”
Texas and other states are seeing an increase in abortion numbers as abortion activists push to make the life-destroying drugs more widely available.
The number of elective abortions in Texas fell by approximately 36,000 from 1990 until 2017. Then the number of abortions rose in 2018 and again in 2019. …
In 2017, chemical abortions represented 32% of all abortions, but that figure rose to 34.7% in 2018 and skyrocketed to 39.4% in 2019. This corresponds directly with the increase in total abortions. Further, in 2016, the FDA also eased regulations that define when the abortion industry may administer mifepristone and misoprostol, the chemical abortion drugs.
The numbers may grow even more after President Joe Biden’s administration stopped enforcing safety regulations on the abortion drugs earlier this year, thus allowing them to be sold through the mail without the woman ever seeing a doctor in person.
Several other states also passed laws this year to address the growing problem. These includes laws to inform women of the life-saving abortion pill reversal treatment in Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia, and regulations on abortion drugs that protect mothers and unborn babies in Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Montana.
Abortion drugs are dangerous for the mother as well as her unborn baby. In the United States, the abortion drug mifepristone has been linked to at least 24 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications. Risks include excessive bleeding, severe abdominal pain, infection and hemorrhage.
A 2009 study “Immediate Complications After Medical Compared With Surgical Termination of Pregnancy,” in Obstetrics and Gynecology found a complication rate of approximately 20 percent for the abortion drugs compared to 5.6 percent for surgical abortions. Hemorrhages and incomplete abortions were among the most common complications.
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