Update May 25, 3:20 PM: Senate passes HB 3994.
Update May 25, 10:10 AM: The Senate has convened and HB 3994 is on the calendar. Watch our live updates on Twitter, and live stream here.
Update May 24, 1:50 PM: Rep. Stickland has reportedly decided to pull his amendment to get rid of the fetal anomaly exception in the 20-week ban as SB 575 moves to the House later this week. Come to the Senate chamber doors at 6pm for a #HereForJaneTX action against #HB3994 and for a photo-op, then we’ll head into the gallery.
Tomorrow, Sunday, May 24 at 1pm in the House, Rep. Jonathan Stickland has filed an amendment to SB 200 which removes the exemption for fetal anomalies in the ban on abortion after 20-weeks. This cruel amendment would force a pregnant person to carry a nonviable fetus to term, putting their health and future fertility in jeopardy.
Meanwhile at 6pm, the Texas Senate is set to take up HB 3994, a dangerous piece of anti-choice legislation that attacks abused and neglected teens’ access to abortion and requires all people seeking abortion to have a government ID. You can read more about the dangers of it here.
Their timing is on purpose. Lawmakers know that it’s a holiday weekend, and as deadlines loom to get bills and amendments to the floor, they’re putting these two disgusting pieces of legislation up during a time when they know people will be spending time away from the Capitol.
Let’s prove them wrong. Come to the Capitol tomorrow and wear orange: 1pm in the House gallery, then move to the Senate gallery at 6pm. Watch us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.