Several Texas Republicans indicated there could also be help for exemptions to the state’s restrictive abortion regulation, which at the moment prohibits abortions even in instances of rape and incest, with the exception to save lots of the lifetime of the mom.
Longtime state Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville stated he would help revising the regulation so as to add an exception for rape, and Texas Home Speaker Dade Phelan acknowledged that members of his caucus have expressed that they need to revisit the regulation’s exemptions through the Texas Tribune’s TribFest.
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“If I get an opportunity to vote for an exception to rape, I’ll vote sure,” Nichols stated on a panel with Republican lawmakers. “I feel as a substitute of us telling girls what to do, we should always present our help for ladies of this state.”
Nichols, who identifies as “pro-life,” voted in favor of the state’s abortion legal guidelines, together with the heartbeat regulation that took impact final September banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat could possibly be detected, which is usually round six weeks of being pregnant. He didn’t say if he would help exceptions in instances of incest.
Phelan instructed Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith in a separate occasion that the problem could also be addressed when the legislature convenes in January, as some Home members have been involved there aren’t any exceptions for rape or incest, however Phelan famous that he supported the regulation because it stands.
In the meantime, some Texas GOP lawmakers pushed again on the notion that the regulation needs to be revisited.
“East Texas is strongly conservative and strongly pro-life. They know each life is sacred. They know life begins at conception. They need us to battle to guard each life,” tweeted state Rep. Bryan Slaton. “Any lawmaker who thinks we should always weaken our pro-life legal guidelines is ingesting Austin swamp water.”
Republican strategist Karl Rove predicted Saturday that the Texas abortion ban will “create an actual drawback for Republicans within the legislature subsequent 12 months once they must take care of it,” agreeing that he thought the regulation was too restrictive. A ballot carried out by the Texas Politics Venture on the College of Texas at Austin in June forward of the Supreme Court docket’s choice discovered that solely 11% of Texans stated girls ought to by no means have the ability to acquire an abortion in instances of incest and 13% in instances of rape.
Whether or not or not Texas lawmakers revisit including exemptions subsequent 12 months may be contingent on the outcomes of the midterm elections and the way effectively Republicans fare on the problem nationally.