AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas’ Republican-controlled House has approved tough new limits on abortion, striking back after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted many restrictions on the procedure the state passed in 2013.
The chamber voted 93-45 on Saturday to advance omnibus limits, and many conservatives applauded.
They ban a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. That’s despite similar laws being blocked by courts in Alabama, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana.
That contentious provision was added to a bill requiring burying or cremating fetal remains from abortions, even though a federal judge has already suspended an existing Texas state rule mandating the same thing.
The bill also bars the sale or donation of fetal tissue.
The proposal already cleared the Texas Senate, but returns there now because the House expanded its scope.