Tomorrow, March 10th, is the sixtieth day of this Texas Legislative Session. That makes it the last day most kinds of new bills can be filed. In other words, the flow of fresh hell in the form of shockingly bad legislation should slow way down. And both the Texas House and Senate have adjourned until 2 pm on Monday. (There are committee meetings scheduled for Monday morning.)
Of course, you can still call their offices tomorrow.
And you should. Several bills you may care about have been moved out of committee and to the Senate as a whole for second reading on Monday. In lege talk, this means that these bills are up for debate and amendment on the Senate floor for the first time. (First reading is when bills are introduced and then sent to a committee for review.) The following bills are on the “Notice of Intent,” the agenda, for Monday.
SB 8 (bans most donations of fetal tissue for research; bans some forms of abortion by dilation and extraction, sometimes dishonestly called partial-birth abortion)
SB 258 (adds a new notice form on the option of burial or cremation for the “unborn child” as part of the already existing notices a woman seeking an abortion must be given; requires doctors to keep the notice for seven years)
SB 415 (bans abortion by dilation and evacuation, dishonestly called a dismemberment abortion)
When you do call your senator, you may want to remind him (all but eight of them are men) that women have a Constitutional right to abortion; both dilation and extraction and dilation and evacuation are very safe procedures; and the decision on which form of abortion is best is one that should be made by the doctor caring for the patient, not a bunch of senators who don’t even know the right names for things.
More on all of these bills can be found here: http://txlege.indivisible.blue/act-now/actions-for-the-week/