In Texas, where Republicans control the Legislature and the governorship, lawmakers have filed a flurry of bills to prohibit access. One measure, HB 69, would outlaw abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy except when the woman’s life is at risk. Current state law prohibits abortions after 20 weeks.
Texas legislators are also considering a so-called trigger law, which would ban abortion if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade. At least 10 states have passed similar measures, including Arkansas, Kentucky and Louisiana.
“Folks are feeling emboldened,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life. “There is general optimism that something can get done, and the legislators want to show the world that they are pro-life.”