Conservative Sen. Dan Patrick has reintroduced a bill to restrict the use of abortion-inducing medications to be considered during the special session.
Gov. Rick Perry called a special legislative session beginning Tuesday to tackle budget issues and congressional redistricting.
The governor gets to decide what issues are considered in a special session and he did not name abortion as one of them. Unless he puts it on the agenda, the bill will certainly fail.
Nevertheless, Patrick filed the bill which requires doctors to administer any abortion-inducing drug strictly according to federal guidelines. The prescribing doctor must also have a signed contract with another specialist doctor to treat any emergencies as well as adhere to strict reporting and follow-up requirements.
Doctors who do not comply face disciplinary action.