Texas State Capitol Building
On Monday two different pro-life bills made it through the Texas Senate.
The first, Senate Bill 25, is designed to prevent doctors from encouraging abortions. The bill passed 21-9. Those against the bill said it would encourage doctors to withhold information about potential disabilities in the fetus.
The second, Senate Bill 415, bans “dilation and evacuation” abortions. This bill also passed 21-9. This is the most common type of second trimester procedure. Supporters say this will end barbaric abortions.
These bills are expected in the Texas legislative session, this is a state that has been trying to ban abortion as long as it has been practiced. I think it is harder recently for lawmakers though because of the pushback they are getting from pro-choice groups. While Texas will never stop trying to end abortion, it might see more difficulty.
President Donald Trump
This week a copy of a potential executive order of President Donald Trump revealed he could decrease abortion access further with religious views. The draft of the order “people and companies can refuse service to LGBTQ individuals and deny employees access to contraception and abortion if doing so conflicts with their religious convictions.”
This is similar to the Hobby Lobby ruling in 2014 when the Supreme Court said corporations run by employees with religious beliefs have a right to deny people birth control. Now, if this executive order is put in play, people are concerned they won’t be able to access their birth control, contraceptive services or obtain a legal abortion.
This order goes deeper than the Hobby Lobby ruling, because it applies to any person or company who would like to claim religious exemptions, not just corporations.
I find this interesting because there seems to be a lot of similarities between this potential order and the Hobby Lobby ruling. A lot of people had issues with the Hobby Lobby case and I think there will be just as many with this one.