Skip to comments.The abortion ban Texas is debating? It already exists in 12 other states.
Posted on 07/01/2013 4:59:34 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
The Texas Senate will reconvene Monday afternoon to once again take up Senate Bill 5. The measure would, among other things, ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation. While the bill has received nationwide media attention, Texas would not be setting a precedent with its passage. Since 2010, a dozen states have passed similar legislation. You can see them below, in this map:
Nebraska was the first state to pass such legislation in 2010, when it was aiming to push a late-term abortion clinic outside of its state borders. Eleven states have since followed in its footsteps and, if Senate Bill 5 passes, Texas would be the 13th state in the country to do so.
Recent polling suggests that Americans narrowly support banning abortions at 20 weeks, the point in pregnancy that antiabortion advocates say a fetus can experience pain (this claim is disputed). National Journal recently found that 48 percent of Americans agree with these bans, with the highest levels of support coming from Republicans, independents and young people.
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The usual reasons. $$$$$, power and influence.