A bill has been filed by far-right Texas state Rep. Valoree Swanson of Spring, that would all but eliminate the right doctors have to perform abortions in the state.
House Bill 86, the Texas Physician Abortion Ban, “would prohibit the right of any doctor in the state to administer an abortion, except in cases that would inflict “substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, other than a psychological condition,” or if the removal of a fetus is medically necessary to save another fetus the mother is carrying, according to Texas Observer.”
Texas has been taking a stand against abortion lately, with Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announcing at least THREE anti-abortion measures that he will pass this month.
The earlier bill aimed to to expand the label of “prohibited practice” to all abortions, except where:
…there exists a condition that, in a physician’s reasonable medical judgment, so complicates the medical condition of the woman that, to avert the woman’s death or a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, other than a psychological condition, it necessitates the abortion; the abortion is to remove an ectopic pregnancy; or the woman is pregnant with multiple unborn children, [and] the abortion is necessary to ensure that at least one unborn child is born alive and healthy.
This legislation also proposed to terminate any physician’s medical license if he or she performed an abortion unauthorized by HB 1049.
Swanson advocated for HB 1049 as a near-outright ban on abortion.
“The time to end abortion is here,” said Swanson. “The State of Texas has a strong interest in having our licensed physicians save lives, not terminate them.”
“Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death,” continued Swanson. “Above all, I must not play at God.”
Swanson in January spoke out on her campaign to end the practice of abortion.
“As we approach the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, it is clear from science that the Court erred 44 years ago,” said Swanson. “While that remains the law of the land at present, Texas should not be in the business of licensing and thus endorsing its practice.”
A representative from the anti-abortion organization Texas Right to Life sided with Swanson’s efforts to stop most abortions in the state.
“Texas Right to Life appreciates that so many legislators stand with us to protect life,” said Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life. “Representative Swanson campaigned on an unwavering pro-life position, and she is already working to keep that commitment to protect life.”