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AUSTIN, Texas — A bill that creates penalties for doctors and practitioners who don’t treat infants who survive an attempted abortion has passed the Texas Senate.
SB 23 passed the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday with a vote of 21-10, meaning two Democrat votes for it. It will now head to the Texas House.
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The bill is similar to a measure that recently came before the U.S. Senate, where it failed.
Under the bill, doctors would face a fine and up to 10 years in prison. Opponents argue attempted abortion births are rare and measures to protect newborns are already in place.
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“Republican extremists are endangering Texans’ public health through unnecessary and inaccurate legislation,” said Sam Robles, advocacy director of Progress Texas.
“Texans need lawmakers that trust, respect, and grant access to affordable reproductive care, instead of pursuing the interests of an anti-abortion extremist minority.”
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During the debate on the Senate floor, author of the bill...
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