In Texas, a bill has been introduced that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the time period for the procedure in most states.
The measure is expected to be introduced this month.
In a statement, Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott said the bill, HB 24, was meant to protect women from “undue, unwanted and coercive interference with their right to terminate a pregnancy.”
Abbott said HB 24 “is the right thing to do, and it will protect women who need to seek safe abortion care from any coercion or undue interference by any person or entity.”
The measure is one of several abortion-related bills in Texas this legislative session.
The bill was introduced in February by Rep. Ken Paxton, who represents parts of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and the Rio Grande City area.
It passed in the House by a vote of 36-11, but the Senate approved it on a 48-48 vote in March.
The bill has passed in both chambers of the Texas legislature and is expected in the Senate for a vote in May.
Abbott said he opposes abortion on demand but believes it is important to allow women to make their own decisions about abortion.
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“There are too many women in Texas who have been denied the right to access safe, legal abortion,” Abbott said in a statement.
“HB 24 will ensure that these women are given the right information about their right, and we are hopeful that our new law will protect them.”
Texas has seen a spike in abortions in recent years as a result of the state’s strict anti-abortion laws.
In January, the state passed a measure to allow abortion after 20 or more weeks.
The new law also allows abortions after 10 weeks, but only in cases of rape, incest and if the fetus is “severely deformed.”
Abbott has previously said that abortion is not always necessary.
In 2014, he said, “I don’t know why women go through the trouble of trying to get an ultrasound.
It’s not worth it.
The best way to end the unwanted pregnancy is with a birth control pill.”
Abortion rights advocates say that, while the current law does not specifically say what exceptions would apply, it does outline some of the criteria.
Abortion opponents say that it could have a significant impact on the number of abortions in the state.
A 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated that there were more than 2.5 million abortions in Texas in 2015.
Abortions are typically performed at less than 20 percent of the procedure’s recommended time and often take place in clinics without the proper medical attention needed for the abortion procedure.
A Texas law in 2015 expanded that to clinics that did not provide a medical provider, but that provision was overturned by a federal court.