Bill to Block Taxpayer Money to Abortion Providers in Texas Is One Step From Becoming Law

Updated on June 10, 2019, at 8 a.m.: to reflect Abbott has signed the bill. Updated on May 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. with information about the bill heading to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.AUSTIN — A bill that would block any taxpayer money from going to health care providers that perform abortions has been signed by Gov. Greg Abbott.Senate Bill 22, one of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's top priorities, narrowly passed the Texas House last month. In the final days of the legislative session, the Senate agreed with that chamber's changes to the bill.Without fanfare, Abbott signed the bill late Friday.The bill would bar local governments from contracting with abortion providers or their affiliates, including allowing the sale, purchase, lease or donation of money, goods, services or property. If it becomes law, the bill would end a deal the city of Austin has in place to lease a building to Planned Parenthood for $1 a year.   Continue reading...

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