Texas Gov. Rick Perry has set as a goal for the legislative session "to make abortion at any stage a thing of the past." The GOP-controlled Legislature is considering proposals to limit when a woman can have abortion, take away a judge's authority to allow teenage girls, under certain circumstances, to have an abortion without their parent's permission, and ban abortion coverage in insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act.
Last year Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law a bill requiring women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion, and an attempt to repeal it already has failed in this year's General Assembly. Still pending are bills to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks gestation and to confer on fetuses the full rights of a person.
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