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Abortion Laws Could Make Changes

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The divisive issue of abortion has made its way to front and center of the Texas political debate.

House Bill 16 would protect pharmacists who refuse to participate in "abortion procedures."

Bob Burnett is president of the Brazos Valley Pharmacy Association and says pharmacists should have the right to refuse distribution, but adds birth control is a preventative measure, not an abortion procedure.

"They do have the right to refuse I think. But like I said I agree with TPA's position that there should be steps taken so the patient will have access to the medications," says Burnett.

Since 1999, Texas has required parental notification before an abortion.
But parental consent would take that one step further and make sure parents are consenting to minors having the abortion.

Marilisa Carney, with Coalition for Life says, "What this world require is a written affidavit with proof of ID from parents consenting for the minor to have the abortion. So not only are they being notified but they're actually having to give consent to ensure the law isn't abused."

Debbie McCall with Planned Parenthood released a statement saying they oppose both House Bill 3305 and 1212, adding they currently follow all the laws on parental notification for minors and their counseling services help facilitate parent-child communication whenever possible.

Other measures being looked at address the mandatory 24-hour waiting period. The law was enacted to give women time to consider the procedure and side effects. House bills 145 and 146 propose exempting women from this law if they have severe fetal abnormalities or are victims of rape and incest.

"It’s encouraging to see that pro-lifers are being listened to and are being heard. It’s a step in the right direction but not necessarily the solution," says Carney.