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"House Bill 15 will protect human life: the lives of the unborn victims of abortion, as well as those who are faced with such a life changing decision.  By providing women with a full 24-hour waiting period, our bill will provide expectant mothers with adequate time to review their sonogram and to carefully weigh the impact of their life-changing decision without undue pressure or influence from abortion providers or others...." Read & Follow the Bill
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"House Bill 15 will protect human life: the lives of the unborn victims of abortion, as well as those who are faced with such a life changing decision.  By providing women with a full 24-hour waiting period, our bill will provide expectant mothers with adequate time to review their sonogram and to carefully weigh the impact of their life-changing decision without undue pressure or influence from abortion providers or others.  I applaud Governor Perry for designating this issue as an emergency so that the House can address it immediately.  I thank Speaker Straus for making it a priority with its low bill number.  If this legislation saves one unborn child and improves the life of just one woman, it will be worthy of those designations."  

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Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 7, 2011, 3:22 pm report abuse
Third Reading Moves to Pass Prevails 107 (Y) 42 (N) 1 (NP)
AnnieS
(Bexar County) March 5, 2011, 12:09 am Thumbs Down report abuse
I find it interesting that it's okay to perform the abortion without a sonogram if there is a "medical emergency" where the mother may die. Right there it seems like the authors of the bill are saying it's okay to kill a child. It seems that if they are truly trying to save the child, there would be no exceptions to the requirement. It would then be in God's hands as to who would live and who would die. By giving the exception, the authors are showing what they are really trying to do, control women's lives. They aren't trying to save a life.
B Citizen
(Travis County) March 4, 2011, 1:06 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
A BETTER SOLUTION for GOP: Instead of requiring sonograms for women before abortions, let's require VASECTOMIES for MEN before SEX! Isn't that more logical? Without the SPERM, there would BE NO ABORTIONS! Why are Republicans waging a WAR ON WOMEN? Why do they SAY they want the "government out of our lives," yet LOVE to inject the government into the bedroom and into the medical office where matters between patients and doctors are SUPPOSED to be CONFIDENTIAL? Why do we provide VIAGRA for men, but no BIRTH CONTROL for women? By the way, to hear the GOP tell it, NO REPUBLICAN FEMALE has EVER had an UNPLANNED PREGNANCY and NO REPUBLICAN has EVER had an ABORTION! Personally, I think MOST young people in the child-bearing age are APOLITICAL...they are NOT all DEMOCRATS! ENOUGH WITH THE HYPOCRISY! ENOUGH WITH THE SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS! STAY OUT OF PEOPLE'S SEX LIVES!
ImaHogg
(Hays County) March 4, 2011, 11:03 am Thumbs Up report abuse
Good Job members
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 9:13 pm report abuse
HB 15 by Sid Miller Move to Pass Prevails 103 (Y) 42 (N) 1(NP)
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 9:08 pm report abuse
Amendment 34 by Eiland, motion to table prevails.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 9:06 pm report abuse
Amendment 33 by Callegari is Adopted,
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 9:03 pm report abuse
Amendment 32 by Veasey, A health care provider, facility or clinic may not be included on the list. Moved to Table Prevails.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 9:00 pm report abuse
Amendment 31 by Veasey, requiring that the list of providers not include folks who provide false/misleading info. Motion to Table Prevails.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 8:59 pm report abuse
Amendment 30 by Sheet - Adopted - striking "Caused by" and substituting "agravated by, caused by," - Motion for passage prevails.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 8:53 pm report abuse
Amendment 29 - Ensure that persons visiting the facility receive appropriate protection to access the facility - Motion to table prevails.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 8:49 pm report abuse
Amendment 28 - Amendment to Amendment - Act takes affect only if a specific appropriation for the implementation of that provision is provided in a general appropriations act of the 82nd Legislature. Move to be tabled prevails.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 8:19 pm report abuse
Amendment 26 by Hughes is Adopted
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 8:13 pm report abuse
HB15 - Amendment 25 by Miller - Severability Section - if a court overrules any piece of the bill, the rest stays in force, is adopted.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 7:25 pm report abuse
Motion to Table Amendment 21, providing information about family planning, prevails 100-47
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 7:19 pm report abuse
Rep. Martinez Fischer withdraws his point of order
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 7:11 pm report abuse
Rep. Martinez calls for a Point of Order on Rule 4 Sec 32c
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 7:10 pm report abuse
Parliamentary Inquiry on HB 15 Rule 4 Sec 32 c,f. by Rep Martinez
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 6:07 pm report abuse
Point of order Over Ruled
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 5:26 pm report abuse
Point of Order on the Floor
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 4:52 pm report abuse
Rep Dutton brings up an amendment to provide no cost healthcare for babies that were born because the mother changed her mind to abort the baby
GusLechat
(Dallas County) March 3, 2011, 3:46 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
I wish we could vote on backmic.com on whether time should be extended! Show me voting no!
Backmic Alert
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 3:36 pm report abuse
What are your thoughts? Does Bill language exempt sonograms for a "a life threatening physical condition caused by or arising from a pregnancy itself"?
patriotgirl88
(Denton County) March 3, 2011, 3:35 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Why are Democrats soooo graphic yet so unemotional??
GusLechat
(Dallas County) March 3, 2011, 3:34 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
OMG she just said "vaginal probe" on the House floor!
GusLechat
(Dallas County) March 3, 2011, 3:33 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Someone needs to tell Hernandez-Luna that reading her speech in a deadpan fashion is not very persuasive. Isn't she a lawyer? Can't she lay out an amendment without having to read her statement word for word???
LivinTheDream
(Not a Texan County) March 3, 2011, 3:24 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Anchia is trying to clarify loopholes. Why doesn't he just ask "Which came first...The Chicken or the Egg?"
temzy.kline
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 2:42 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Members shouldn't threaten other members on the floor of the House. "what goes around comes around..." Really? Is that appropriate?
LivinTheDream
(Not a Texan County) March 3, 2011, 2:39 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
I like the point being made that the woman will not be in a position to just get out and walk....in the laying position unclothed. How will the woman have the option not to hear the sonogram. Should we resort to our kindigarden days and cover the ears!
patriotgirl88
(Denton County) March 3, 2011, 2:37 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Anyone else feeling deja vu?
babs
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 2:37 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Here's Alvarado with the props again. Wondering where the rest of the instruments are...
LivinTheDream
(Not a Texan County) March 3, 2011, 2:34 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Does anyone find it interesting that when someone is speaking on the backmic of the house that no one is paying attention....doesn't appear to be an emergency issue
ImaHogg
(Hays County) March 3, 2011, 2:23 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
@patriot, that's right...the attempt to paint this as extreme by our leftist friends is pretty weak on substance
babs
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 2:20 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
50 million abortions in the United States since Roe v Wade. It sure wouldn't bother me if there were less in Texas because of this bill.
patriotgirl88
(Denton County) March 3, 2011, 2:19 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Wow. 21 states have sonogram type bills? That is a much larger percentage than I thought. I am glad that Texas will hopefully be joining the ranks.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 2:19 pm report abuse
ProLife Female Representatives are standing behind Representative Sid Miller showing support for his Sonogram Bill (Wearing Their TFRW Red)
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 2:15 pm report abuse
Rep Miller clarifies that current law requires a 24 hour waiting period for a woman's right to know.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 3, 2011, 2:12 pm report abuse
HB 15 is now being heard on the House floor once again.
ImaHogg
(Hays County) March 3, 2011, 1:49 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
ImaHogg
(Hays County) March 3, 2011, 1:33 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
@annie, you said, "This is an insult. While a woman is on the table having a sonogram, where's the guy who got her pregnant? He's probably standing next to the guy who had his child aborted without any say in the matter.
xlt
(Harris County) March 3, 2011, 9:49 am Thumbs Down report abuse
As the law stands now women already have the right to receive the accurate vital information you speak of. What ever happened to "small government?" "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
Annie
(Collin County) March 3, 2011, 7:47 am report abuse
This is an insult. While a woman is on the table having a sonogram, where's the guy who got her pregnant? Women don't need access to "comprehensive info" about their pregnancy. The need comprehensive social services and economic support for the well-being of the child once born. And tell me why this bill is an "emergency" at the same time we're cutting back on state education. Ridiculous! Most abortions are among women who have neither the means nor the ability to properly care for the child. These decisions are not typically made lightly. So if the government can apply this not-so-subtle pressure on women to continue the pregnancy, then it better be prepared to provide full-scale economic and emotional support of that same baby throughout childhoold so that the individual can prosper as an adult.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 2, 2011, 5:06 pm report abuse
An article from the Houston Chronicle Political Blog

http://blogs.chron.com/texaspolitics/
GusLechat
(Dallas County) March 2, 2011, 3:36 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
I'm quite shocked that doctors aren't already required to do a sonogram before an abortion is performed to protect the patient's heath. This seems like a common-sense thing and not asking too much of a woman before making such a significant medical decision.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 2, 2011, 3:17 pm report abuse
The House moves to suspend necessary rules and to recommit the Sonogram Bill, HB 15, back to State Affairs committee tomorrow at 10am.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 2, 2011, 2:37 pm report abuse
The House Chamber stands at ease until 2:50 pm.
LivinTheDream
(Not a Texan County) March 2, 2011, 2:27 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
This bill isn't about whether an abortion is right or wrong. It is about a woman's right to choose. Think about all the money the doctors are going to make from this. Any doctors out there that can explain there point of view?
rugger09
(Travis County) March 2, 2011, 1:48 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Why don't we support family planning organizations, that can prevent this very problem?
rugger09
(Travis County) March 2, 2011, 1:28 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
26,829 children are in foster care, and only 14,497 exit foster care, that number would increase should women considering abortion change their mind and choose adoption. It costs the state $1,200 to keep a child in foster care, not to mention the future deletion of numerous programs that give assitance to people who do adopt. Texas is already facing diffculty finding funds to help the 1,655,085 children that already have been born and are living in poverty. I am merely advocating that it should not be up to the state to mandate certain steps a women must take to have an abortion. It should be a women's choice.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 2, 2011, 1:16 pm report abuse
Rep. Martinez asks the chair to postpone HB15 based on clarification of rules for committee referral and whether the bill is within its jurisdiction under Rule 4 Section 11. Argues that HB15 would be subject to a point of order. Rep. Martinez brings a point of order to the floor.
ByTheWay...
(Hays County) March 2, 2011, 1:07 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
I agree with patriotgirl88. Why not adoption? @rugger09: I agree that there are too many children raising children, but is it too much for them to give up 9 months of their lives to have a child and give it up to a family that wants to love it? Are we saying that because these teens are being irresponsible they can commit murder? If they were being irresponsible and driving while under the influence and killed someone they would be prosecuted by the law. Why not make them accountable for the decision they make and deal with it for 9 months? How can murder be better?
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 2, 2011, 1:00 pm report abuse
Point of Order by Davis has been respectfully over ruled.
ByTheWay...
(Hays County) March 2, 2011, 12:59 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
@livinthedream: I feel for those people who have been raped, and I agree that it is an awful thing to happen. However, I don't believe that "two wrongs make a right". I understand that it would be difficult for a mother to carry the child of a rapist, but is it the child's fault? Sometimes people need to do things that are difficult, but who are we to say that one life isn't as valuable as the emotional aftermath of a terrible act?
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 2, 2011, 12:57 pm report abuse
HB15, the sonogram bill, has a point of order by Rep. Davis. You can watch the live debate at http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/.
patriotgirl88
(Denton County) March 2, 2011, 12:55 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
@rugger09 It isn't about guilt, it is about an informed decision. Also, per the statistic that you posted, there is an option called adoption.
rugger09
(Travis County) March 2, 2011, 12:46 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
55,129 is the number of teens that have given births to babies, which means its more children taking care of children.
rugger09
(Travis County) March 2, 2011, 12:37 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
patriotgirl88 is it a good thing to make women feel more guilty about their decision? Guilt is an emotion that is not easily dealt with nor cured. The circumstance leading to the decision to have an abortion im sure has tramatized the woman enough. Its not about reducing/or if the number of abortions will increase, its about giving women the right to choose.
patriotgirl88
(Denton County) March 2, 2011, 12:25 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
If the woman wants to look away from the monitor, she can, the author and supporters of this bill just want to try to lessen the amount of abortions in Texas, why is that a bad thing?
LivinTheDream
(Not a Texan County) March 2, 2011, 12:15 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
@bytheway: what if the woman is raped? She has already been thru a dramatic experience, emotional issues. Should she have to go thru another emotional issue? Isn't her right that she protect herself from more harm?
ByTheWay...
(Hays County) March 2, 2011, 12:11 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
I think that that this is a great bill! You know the old saying "Out of sight, out of mind". If a mother is able to see the life that she is ending, maybe she would be faced with the idea that what she is doing is murder. Why is is that women can make the decision to have an abortion and then have to go through a process that some may find a burden, when there are certain process for everything we do. If you move to a new state and have to get new license plates you have to pay all kinds of money, stand in all kinds of lines, fill out many different kinds of forms, drive all over town and don't even forget the identification that you need because you will have to go get it. Everything has a process, and why should we make taking a life so simple. Shouldn't committing murder be taken very seriously? So what if the mother has to feel a little uncomfortable why they see their unborn child. I am a parent, and I believe that sometimes the besting lessons you learn come from natural consequence. I am sure that when these women got pregnant the were not planning it, but why should a child have to die so that the mother won't have to be a little uncomfortable for 9 months? If they don't want the child, there are many families out there that would love to be blessed with the gift of raising a child.
Tiff
(Harris County) March 2, 2011, 11:18 am Thumbs Down report abuse
This bill does not protect women instead it further traumatized them. I fail to understand why we place more and more restrictions and at the same time li It educational funding and programs to assist single women from the effects of poverty. If we as a country and a state are going to restrict access then it is about time we start to support them while they pregnant and after their child us born. The conservatives cannot have it both ways.
rugger09
(Travis County) March 2, 2011, 11:12 am Thumbs Down report abuse
I am finding it hard to understand how this bill protects women? Women are educated enough to fully inform themselves of their decisions. This bill delays the already hard decision women make. In the case of adoption, the state does not require the mother to hold her baby after birth to make sure adoption is the right decision for her. Giving women the right to choose is protecting women, not providing more obstacles for her to go through.
babs
(Travis County) March 2, 2011, 9:32 am Thumbs Up report abuse
jmh - what you describe seems to be a small burden considering the procedure involves taking a life.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) February 17, 2011, 3:34 pm report abuse
Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs (2/11/11)
jmh
(Travis County) February 17, 2011, 9:26 am Thumbs Down report abuse
How is it that lawmakers start each session with amnesia about all the waiting periods and restrictions they put on abortion in previous sessions? By the Woman's Right to Know Act, a woman has to hear a description of etal development and a totally fabricated link between abortion and breast cancer over the phone when she makes an appointment, and then wait 24 hours. Now she'll have to hear another description of fetal development during her ultrasound and wait ANOTHER 24 hours. And then she'll still have all the normal, medically accurate and honest consent forms to sign. Can we stop obsessing about abortion yet?
3809
(Tarrant County) February 17, 2011, 9:16 am Thumbs Up report abuse
This is a great bill to protect women by giving them the opportunity to receive more accurate and vital information about this life-changing decision. This bill is ensuring she is able to give her fully informed consent to an abortion. Women deserve the whole story about their pregnancies and we should trust them with that information. The woman has the constitutional right, and the expressed right by the bill to choose not to view the sonogram image. This is a Pro-Life & Pro-Woman bill.
 
 
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