May 28, 2013 — None of the 24 abortion-related bills filed in the Texas Legislature this session reached the Senate or House floor, which Democrats view as a successful turnaround from Republicans' attacks on family planning funding and abortion rights in recent years, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
This year's failed measures included abortion-rights opponents three "marquee proposals," according to the Express-News. The measures include a bill (HB 2364) that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, another (SB 537) that would have increased regulations on abortion facilities and a third that would have required physicians offering abortion care to gain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. In addition, women's health funding was restored from the 2011 cuts, along with an addition $63 million.
State Rep. Jessica Farrar (D) said the 2012 elections shifted momentum in Democrats' favor. "Republicans took a big hit, and there was a backlash on their 'war on women,'" she said (Parker, San Antonio Express-News, 5/23).