Texas abortion reform moves forward; El Pasoans react
POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 9:16am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Borderland residents are keeping an eye out on a house bill that would greatly reform abortion.This, as the second special session for the Texas legislature continues both sides of the issue are stepping up to speak out.
Abortion reform was shot down the first time around last week.
"Well, I'm sorry they had to return but I think it's the best thing, I think it's the right thing to do,” Senior Pastor Ricky Pearson explained.
With this 2nd special session, Governor Rick Perry is hoping to breathe new life into House Bill 2,
which would impose stricter regulations on abortions in the Lone Star state.
"With me, I think it's up to the woman. I think it is her choice,” Frank Diaz, a Pro-choice advocate said.
"Whether it's 20 weeks, or 26 weeks, or five weeks I just see it in scripture as taking a life. And therefore I would be against it,” Pearson said.
The reform would ban abortions past 20 weeks of gestation.
"I don't think we have the right to tell a woman what to do with her body,” Diaz told us.
The bill would also require abortion clinics to be affiliated with a hospital.
"We're not taking the right to choose, we're just raising the standards of the facility where they're going to have the abortion,” Pearson said.
Proponents Pearson of Immanuel Baptist church in East El Paso see the reform as a means of providing better care for women.
"We're not saying you cannot. Just that if you're going to have it we want to make sure that you are safe and this allows that to happen,” Pearson explained.
Pro-choice texans feel the bill is just limiting a woman's right to choose.
"If they want to get an abortion, you know, that's their choice. And I don't think it's up to us to choose what they can and what they can't do,” Daisy Lopez, another Pro-Choice advocate said.
Only five abortion clinics currently these standards and they're located in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas.
At least an eight hour drive from El Paso.
"It's OK for everybody to have their own beliefs but I don't think you should put your beliefs on someone else,” Lopez said.
"It's like any doctor’s office, any hospital. They're not going to have to be shut down they just need to have a place where it can be done safely,” Pearson told us.
As the bill moves forward both sides continue to sound off. A final vote is expected next week.