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Texas legislature looks to end government contracts with abortion providers

Texas legislature looks to end government contracts with abortion providers


PENDING.2-ROBERT: TEXAS IS EXPECTED TO BE A STEP CLOSER TO BANNING CITIES AND COUNTIES FROM CONTRACTING WITH ABORTION PROVIDERS LIKE PLANNED PARENTHOOD.2-SYDNEY: SENATE BILL 22 IS UP FOR DEBATE RIGHT NOW IN THE TEXAS HOUSE. SYDNEY: SUPPORTERS OF THE BILL POINT TO THE EAST AUSTIN PLANNED PARENTHOOD LOCATION – THAT LEASES THE SPACE FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN FOR $1 A YEAR. KXAN’S POLITICAL REPORTER PHIL PRAZAN TELLS US THERE’S LITTLE IN THE WAY BEFORE IT HEADS TO GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S DESK TO SIGN OR VETO. GOVERNMENTS IN TEXAS DON’T PAY FOR ABORTIONS… BUT SOME GOVERNMENT RESOURCES DO GO TO ABORTION PROVIDERS.CITY OF AUSTIN LEADERS CHOOSE TO PARTNER WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN A HISTORICALLY UNDER-SERVED COMMUNITY.NATALIE VALLOT – FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS PLANNED PARENTHOOD WAS MY DOCTOR. I WAS A YOUNG WOMAN, WORKING IN THE SERVICE INDUSTRY, OR AS A NANNY, AND LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE ME – I DIDN’T HAVE HEALTHCARE.” NATALIE VALLOT CAME TO THE STATE CAPITOL TO TELL LAWMAKERS THE 5,000 WOMEN WHO GO TO THIS LOCATION ALSO GO FOR BIRTH CONTROL AS WELL AS STD… HIV… BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS. SHE JOINED DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS AGAINST THE BILL. REP. GINA HINOJOSA, (D) AUSTIN – “WHAT SENATE BILL 22 IS, IS A STATEMENT THAT THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE IS SO ANTI-ABORTION THAT WE’RE GOING TO PROVE IT BY HURTING WOMEN.” DEMOCRATS TRIED TO STOP THE IDEA WITH PARLIMENTARY TACTICS. BUT REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVES LIKE FORT WORTH’S MATT KRAUSE WERE ABLE TO OUTVOTE THEM AT EVERY TURN. REP. MATT KRAUSE, (R) FORT WORTH – “REGARDLESS OF YOUR STANCE OF THE ABORTION, PRO-LIFE ISSUE, MOST PEOPLE DON’T WANT THEIR TAXPAYER MONEY GOING TO FUND THAT. MAYBE IT’S A PRIVATE DECISION, A PERSONAL DECISION.” WITH TIME TICKING DOWN OPPONENTS DON’T HAVE THE NUMBERS TO STOP IT.PHIL PRAZAN. KXAN NEWS. SYDNEY:THE VOTE IS EXPECTED LATER TONIGHT. THERE WILL BE ONE MORE PROCEDURAL VOTE TOMORROW BEFORE DETAILS ARE WORKED OUT WITH THE SENATE AND IT HEADS TO GOVERNOR

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