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Abortion, Family Planning Bills Filed Ahead of Texas' 2015 Legislative Session

Liang Shi/KUT News
Texas' 84th Legislature might debate bills related to abortion and family planning in the 2015 legislative session.

The Texas Legislature made headlines in 2013 when it passed one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the country,

That law, known as HB2, bans most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, it requires doctors to receive admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the abortion clinic and only allows abortions at ambulatory surgical centers. Parts of that law are being challenged this week at a federal appeals court.

Heading into the 2015 session, more bills related to abortion and family planning education have been filed. In 2015, lawmakers could debate a bill that bans abortions based on the sex of the unborn child.

Another proposal would require staff at facilities that provide abortions to complete a human trafficking training, and one measure would ban abortion providers from teaching family planning at Texas public schools or providing materials on the topic for use in a class.

The 2015 session starts Jan. 13, 2015.

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