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Lege Watch: rape/incest exception to Texas abortion lawThe bill: House Bill 979Filed by: Donna Howard, Democrat, District 48 (Austin)What it would do: HB 979 would carve out a narrow exception to Texas’s current abortion ban, which grants exceptions only in cases of “a life-threatening physical condition aggravated by, caused by, or arising from a pregnancy.” The bill would add language to the law that indicates that it does not apply to pregnancies resulting from criminal sexual assault. A patient who seeks an abortion under this exception does not need to have filed a police report, preserved forensic evidence of the crime, or have participated in a successful prosecution in order to receive the procedure. The bill was filed by state representative Donna Howard, an Austin Democrat who has long been a champion of…

The post A Few Republican Lawmakers Said They Want Exceptions to Texas’s Abortion Ban. A Democrat’s Bill Proposes Some.  appeared first on Texas Monthly.

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