The most controversial and pending bills like abortion and cloning were  heard by the House State Affairs Committee in presence of overcrowded supporters and opponents of the bills.


The first abortion bill was proposed by state Rep. Frank Corte, R-San Antonio, it would offers that pregnant women should view ultrasounds before go for a abortion procedure.

Several women, who already have experienced abortion procedure, wished they had been more informed before the procedure.

Dudley, a mother of two from Longview, believed that women have been lied about abortion. The abortion procedure actually have traumatized her. She wished that she would have known the real fact, and also had had the opportunity to see an ultrasound, It would have made a difference.

However, Terri Burke, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, believes that the union opposes the bill because it promotes interference, not information.

The second abortion bill which was proposed by state Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, require women to offer consent before undergoing the procedure and would collect and report information related to the performance of abortions.

Although Morrison said the patient’s identity would be anonymous, some lawmakers and witnesses said the measure violated the privacy of the women receiving abortions.

Human cloning

The committee also heard testimony over two bills pertaining to human cloning.

The first abortion bill, proposed by Rep. Mark Homer, D-Paris,  outlaw procedures that implant human embryos created by methods other than fertilization in a woman’s womb.

The second abortion bill, proposed by state Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, would ban the use of human cloning and other human tissue for higher education research.

Homer said he intended to ban cloning while allowing stem cell research.

Laura Templeton, representing the Austin chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, supported the two bills for the potential medical breakthroughs that could follow allowing stem cell research.

However, Most witnesses who opposed the bills argued that they contain bad terminology and voiced fears about the legalization of embryonic stem cell research.

Source: The Daily Texan online