Update: I just received notice from Lt. Governor David Dewhurst's office that the Senate version will be hear in the Senate Health & Human Service Committee on Monday, June 8 at 10am in the Senate Finance Room - E1.036.
On a party line vote, the House version of the abortion bill (HB2) passed out of committee last night/this morning. The bill introduces new health and safety standards for abortion clinics and doctors, and bans most abortions after 20 weeks. Although the media has focused on the pro-abortion side, supporters of the bill were out in force and Becca Aaronson of the Texas Tribune reports that of the 3,543 witnesses registered, 2,181 were FOR HB2, while 1,355 were against. In case you missed it, even prominent Democrat Kirsten Powers has come down against Wendy Davis and the pro-abortion lobby on this one.
Sadly, many of the pro-abortion side were very hostile-some of my friends were spit on and had cigarette ashes tossed on them. In addition to the profanity, some pro-aborts were chanting "Hail Satan." Not everyone was uncivil however, and some of our pro-lifers were able to have calm, reasonable conversations with the other side. Praying folks should keep praying for hearts and minds to change.
Reports indicate that HB2 will come to the House Floor early next week, possibly July 9.
Will keep ya' posted.