Texas Legislature Approves $560M for Schools, Teacher Retirement

Cheryl Sanders
August 16, 2017

Critics, including Democratic State Rep. Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, argued that the bill forces Texas women to buy "rape insurance". The Senate gaveled out around 10 p.m. Tuesday, meaning the Texas Legislature adjourned its special session a day early.

"This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions", stated Abbott, as reported by KXXV-TV.

The bill must still go back to the House for at least one more vote in order to be sent to Abbott for his approval. In July, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood challenged Senate Bill 8, a wide-ranging bill that among many things banned the dilation and evacuation, a common abortion procedure. But House Republicans, whose leaders are more moderate, have heeded those warnings and stalled the bill at every turn.

Carrollton Republican Ron Simmons, the House author of the legislation, said the bathroom bill will continue to be a source of debate in Texas until a statewide policy is set.

Straus and Cook were reportedly anxious about economic consequences such as those faced by North Carolina after it passed House Bill 2, which included restroom restrictions for transgender people along with several other anti-LGBT provisions.

The Texas Supreme Court previous year ruled that the school finance system was deeply flawed but barely constitutional.

"No woman plans to have an abortion and certainly no woman can plan to be raped, no woman can plan to be attacked by someone she knows in her own family", Garcia said.

More than 54,000 Texans had abortions in 2015, according to the state's Department of Health and Human Services.

"One of the talking points we've heard lately is abortion should be considered health care", Elizabeth Graham, director of Texas Right to Life, told a Texas Senate committee.

"This section does not prevent a person from purchasing optional or supplemental coverage for elective abortion under a health benefit plan other than a qualified health plan offered through a health benefit exchange". While residents who live within the zone could vote on whether they get annexed, should they refuse, the city could still enforce land use regulations within the buffer.

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