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House Further Restricts Abortions With Health Bill

Monday, Jun 27, 2011  |  Updated 4:04 PM CDT
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A North Texas pastor is behind a controversial anti-abortion billboard that sparked outrage among New York residents and was taken down after less than two days.
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The Texas House has approved a massive health care bill that includes new restrictions on abortions.

The 185-page bill allows for new health care collaboratives that allow hospitals, doctors and insurers to work together in new ways. It also allows Texas to enter into interstate health care compacts for Medicaid.

But the most controversial matters concerned new restrictions on abortions that divided Republicans. The compromise agreed to Monday must still pass the Senate.

In signing contracts to provide family planning services, the bill bans the state from working with organizations that provide elective abortions, or affiliate with those that do.

The bill also cuts state funding to county hospital districts that use local tax money to finance elective abortions. Travis County is the only district that currently does so.
 

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