UPDATE: The AP is now reporting that lawmakers missed the midnight deadline to have the vote, which means that the bill did not indeed pass. Governor Rick Perry may call another special session to get the bill passed. This isn’t over yet. Stay tuned.
Today the news is going to be dominated by the decisions coming down from the Supreme Court on gay marriage. But I don’t want anyone to miss what happened in Texas last night. Texas lawmakers passed a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and requires that all abortions take place in a surgical center. The bill also requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion is performed.
So what does all this mean? It means that if signed into law this bill that would shut down 37 of Texas’ 42 abortion clinics. It means that the culture of death has just been dealt a major blow in our nation’s second most populous state.