Rick Perry Signs Texas Abortion Bill to Law
After gaining national attention and an admirable fight by Wendy Davis (to say the least...), Gov. Rick Perry signed the controversial abortion bill into Texas state law.
"This is an important day for those who support life and for those who support the health of Texas women. In signing House Bill 2 today, we celebrate and further cement the foundation on which the culture of life in Texas is built," Perry said at the signing.
The law, as of Thursday morning, limits abortion access across the state. Let's break it down — the translation of which is, You better hope you're not a woman in Texas looking to terminate a pregnancy: 37 of Texas' 42 abortion clinics will shut down, abortions after 20 weeks are banned, clinics must have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles, and all abortions to be performed in surgical centers — even drug induced abortions.
Perry said that the law will protect babies and women who receive abortions, and that the law is a "reasonable, common sense expectation for those caring for the health and safety of Texans."
"At the end of the day, House Bill 2 makes sure that anyone performing abortions in the State of Texas is doing so in a facility that meets appropriate safety guidelines, and that people there are prepared to handle any emergencies that might occur," Perry said.
If you're keeping score, this is not what progress looks like.