Texas Lawmakers Consider Stricter Licensing For Abortion Clinics

In Texas, a state Senate committee is considering a bill that Democrats say would effectively ban abortion.

The Texas Tribune: Senate Committee Advances Abortion Clinic Bill
A Senate committee on Tuesday approved a controversial Republican-backed bill that would raise licensing standards for abortion clinics. Democrats say the legislation would effectively ban abortion in Texas (Philpott, 3/20).

In the meantime, Catholic clergy met with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on his push for greater abortion rights --

The New York Times: Bishops Challenge Cuomo On Stronger Abortion Rights
As Roman Catholics worldwide celebrated the inauguration of Pope Francis, New York bishops traveled to Albany on Tuesday to meet with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, whose looming effort to strengthen abortion rights in the state has met with strong protests from Catholic and evangelical clergy (McKinley, 3/19).

And Sen. Rand Paul is outlining his views on abortion --

The Hill: Paul: 'Thousands Of Exceptions' To Ban On Abortion
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he's open to "thousands of exceptions" to a ban on abortion. Paul has said he believes life begins at conception, but in an interview with CNN the Republican emphasized he is also a physician who treats each case individually (Jaffe, 3/20).

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