They have been denounced as 'anti woman' and 'damaging to women's health, but ten states currently have on their books the abortion restrictions which are being proposed in Texas, and all of them tell 1200 WOAI news that there has been no adverse impacts to women's health reported.
The Texas proposal would limit abortion to 20 weeks gestation, and Denny Hartford with Vital Signs Ministry in Nebraska, where similar laws are already on the books, says there are no indications of any problems.
"I think Planned Parenthood and other pro abortion groups wanted there to be problems so that could become part of their pitch," he said. "But no, that hasn't happened."
The other provisions of the Texas proposal are nothing new, either.
Five states have the provision which would require abortion clinics to be regulated as 'ambulatory surgical centers.'
Hartford says women who want to get an abortion in Nebraska face no problems in getting one.
"As a pro life activist, I would be delighted if that were the case," Hartford said. "Unfortunately it is not. This is just an incremental change, and it shows that we do care about women's health."
Supporters of the Texas proposal point to the horrors of an 'abortion chop shop' in Philadelphia, where an abortionist was convicted of brutalizing women and killing newly born infants.
Hartford agrees that the measures which Texas is considering, and which are already the law in Nebraska, do indeed make it a lot less likely, that unscrupulous for profit abortionists will prey on low income women.
"It's just demonstration that when the unborn child is feeling pain, which has been pretty clearly established, this is common sense legislation where the state moves in to protect human life," Hartford said.
The Texas Senate will hold hearings on the abortion restrictions today and tomorrow. The full Senate will be back in session next week to discuss the proposals.