Don’t brace yourself for the passage of any more anti-abortion laws as the Texas legislature wraps up its special session, but state representative Phil King, along with representatives Dan Flynn and Geanie Morrison, just introduced legislation that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detectable, or approximately six weeks’ gestation.
A Texas pro-life lobbyist tells me that the gesture is a symbolic one, but also significant. He explained it reminds pro-life advocates that, despite the recent passage of a restrictive abortion bill, they haven’t finished their work in the Lone Star State.
King, who wasn’t available for comment, issued the following statement:
Yesterday I filed HB59, commonly called the ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill. This legislation has been considered by other states and was recently advocated by some Pro-Life groups during the current special session of the Texas Legislature. No hearings on the bill are anticipated before the Legislature adjourns at the end of this month. I filed the fetal heartbeat bill because the heartbeat of an unborn child is an important indicator that there is life, and that this life must be protected. Although the bill cannot be formally considered until the Legislature reconvenes in January of 2015, I hope its merit will be examined during the coming legislative interim.