AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - 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 1 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.