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Rep. Frank Corte, San Antonio, Tx, has filed two different bills which were being debated in the Texas House yesterday.

One, HB 16, is the insidious bill we have seen in other states, granting pharmacists the right to refuse to issue "emergency" contraception based on moral beliefs.  From reading the bill, I think the definition of emergency leaves it quite open to interpretation to any kind of contraception.
"DEFINITION. In this chapter, "emergency
contraceptive" means a prescription drug containing an elevated
dose of hormones that is used to prevent pregnancy."

But wait, there's more...he's been busy...

He has filed a second bill, HB 1469, regarding information doctors have to give to women prior to an abortion.  One of the requirements in this bill is that doctors inform women of the increased risk of breast cancer relating to abortion, even though this has been proven to be a total fallacy!   "iii)  the possibility of increased risk of
breast cancer following an induced abortion and the natural
protective effect of a completed pregnancy in avoiding breast
cancer."

If you are in Texas, (or even if you aren't!), call your Texas House Representative today and let them know how you feel about this legislation.
To pass a falsehood into law is despicable legislative practice.

They have given us lots of little fires to fight--let's put these two out!

Find information on representatives contact information here :

Originally posted to Carolyn on Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 05:03 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  You go, girl (none)
    My rep wrote me that the committee substitute to HB 16 strikes the EC language, and refers only to "abortion procedure", as if that fixes the problem.  But.... there are pro-lifers out there who consider ordinary oral contraceptives to be abortion (links in my rant from last night, sooo... simply removing the EC language doesn't fix the problem.

    My experience of the world is that things left to themselves don't get right. (TH Huxley)

    by sberel on Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 05:47:16 AM PDT

  •  So many states (none)
    Are working on this kind of legislation.  There are people here who know much more about this than I, but it seems as if there are several coordinated attempts accross the country to pass these bills all of a sudden.  When I worked in this field we had model legislation to prevent clinic violence and managed to get it passed in a few states.  I wonder if we have anything going on now like that at the state level?  This is all happening too quickly and in too many states to be coincidence.
  •  "Abortion day at the Lege" (none)
    as we libruls call it, went on from 8:00 AM Wednesday until 5:15 this morning.  Watched every minute of it, and I can barely type.

    But IMO, Corte's HB 16 is toast.  It was attacked on several fronts and from multiple angles, until even the Republican chair of the State Affairs Committee finally asked Corte to just withdraw it.  He demurred, and instead requested that the bill be pended while he consults the state AG ... but it's toast. ;-)

    Wish we had a hope of being that lucky on other fronts.  Parental consent for abortion will replace notification, the standard of proof needed for judicial bypass will be more stringent, and it will likely take longer.

    HB 1469 still hasn't been considered. After 21 hours of debate, there are so many antiabortion bills this year that the committee still hasn't considered all of them.  And that's just in the House -- the Senate's abortion show hasn't even started yet.

    •  thanks (none)
      for the update...I've been at work all day and not able to follow the discussion.

      I agree with the earlier comment about a unified effort.  These bills are cropping up all over the country.  There was a similar one in Arizona that was vetoed this week.

      Never underestimate people. They do desire the cut of truth. Natalie Goldberg

      by Carolyn on Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 01:30:29 PM PDT

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