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Transcript Legislative countdown by Hildegard Warner Only two weeks remain in the 66th session of the Texas legislature and the usual rush has begun to clear out the backlog of bills from Senate and House committees. Many worthwhile bills will die peacefully in the committees due to lack of support of an already overcrowded calendar. Unfortunately, several bills which would severely limit women's freedom to control their own reproductive processes will not die in committees as women's leaders hoped they would. In fact, several of these bills are well on their way to being passed because the overwhelming majority of letters received by legislators are from pro-life forces. While pro-life groups represent a minority viewpoint of the population as a whole, they are getting their message to the people in Austin who are going to vote according to the wishes of the constituency they hear from. There is still time for pro-choice forces to turn the situation around, however. Several Senators have already changed their vote because letters favoring pro-choice began outnumbering the pro-life mail. Below is the status of legislation on women's issues introduced during this legislative session. The next two weeks are crucial. The lives of millions of Texas women will be affected by what transpires in the legislature during that time. To make your voice heard, write or telephone the committee members, the senator and representative from your legislative district, the It. governor and Gov. Clements. To write to Harris County Senators: The Honorable (senator's name), P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, Tx. 78711. To write representatives: The Honorable (representative's name), P.O. Box 2910, Capitol Station, Austin, Tx. 78769. Or call Western Union, 224-1705, and send a Public Opinion Message to these individuals. For $2, you can send a 15-word message and have the cost billed to your home phone number. ___^_ Abortion H.B. 125-Gene Green, Houston S.B. 117-Walter Mengden, Houston This bill would amend the Family Code by giving a living fetus, surviving an abortion, the same rights, powers, and privileges as "other" citizens. It also would terminate the parent-child relationship and make the fetus a ward of the State Department of Human Resources. The Senate version was passed out of Jurisprudence Committee to the full floor by a 7-0 vote. The bill is ready for debate, and may have already been voted on by press deadline. The House version is still in the House Judicial Affairs Committee. Contact these members: Chair, Ronald Bird; Vice Chair, Anita Hill; Dave Allred, Gonzalo Barrientos, Jerry Donallson, Frank Gaston, Sam Hudson, Mary Polk, Ben Reyes, John Whitmire. H.B. 1063-Bill Ceverha, Dallas S.B. 842-John Traeger, Sequin This bill is called an "informed consent" measure. It would prohibit second trimester abortions unless the procedure is performed in a hospital. The bill instructs the state to print and requires physicians to distribute materials to women seeking abortions informing them of the "physical characteristics of the unborn child," that the fetus has sensitivity, pain, brain and heart function, and must be buried with human dignity. If a woman is married, the physician must certify in writing that the husband has been given the same material at least 24 hours prior to the abortion. This bill has passed out of a subcommittee of the House Health Services Committee, but has not yet been passed out of full committee. The Senate version is still in a subcommittee of the Human Resources Committee. H.B. 1580-Al Brown, San Antonio S.B. 118-Walter Mengden, Houston This bill would prohibit hospitals, clinics, or other medical facilities supported by local, state or federal taxes, from using its services and/or facilities for the performance of abortions, except to save the life of the mother or in cases of incest or rape. Since all hospitals receive some tax money, this would effectively put a stop to all abortions. The House bill is still in subcommittee of the Health Services Committee. The Senate version is in the Human Resources Committee. Write to Senators Brooks, (chairperson); Braecklein (Vice-chairperson); Andujar, Blake, Clower, Doggett, Jones, Patman, Price, Short, Truan on Senate Bills 842 and 118. S.B. 119-Walter Mengden, Houston This bill would prohibit the state, any city, county, special district (including school districts), or other political subdivisions from entering into any health insurance agreement that provides benefits for abortions. The bill has been reported favorably from committee and may be called for floor debate at any time. S.B. 651-Jack Ogg, Houston S.B. 668-Jack Ogg, Houston Both of these bills are scheduled for public hearings by the Senate Jurisprudence Committee, Tuesday, May 15. Bill 651 defines an unborn child as a human being from the time of conception. It would amend the Penal Code to include various "abortional acts." Bill 668 would amend the Texas Revised Civil Statutes to expand the definition of "person" to include "unborn child" in all stages of its development. S.B. 922-Raul Longoria This bill is also scheduled for public hearing by the Jurisprudence Committee, Tuesday, May 15. This bill would require parental notification of an abortion or approval of the district court if the parent is not available. If the court felt the minor understood the consequences to herself and the unborn child, the abortion may be allowed. H.B. 632-Hugo Berlanga, Corpus Christi This would remove the restriction of minors consenting to contraceptives and other family planning services, but excludes abortion. The bill is now in the Jurisprudence Committee. H.B. 1153-Gene Green, Houston This bill would give persons access to their medical records, including parents access to minor children's records without restriction. A public hearing was conducted March 21 and the bill could be passed out of committee at any time. Insurance H.B. 334-Gene Green H.B. 392-Gerald Hill Both bills would prohibit discrimination in the issuance and rates in automobile insurance because of sex, age, marital status, national origin or physical handicap. Both bills are in subcommittees. Displaced Homemakers S.B. 181-Jack Ogg A bill to allow the Texas Rehabilitation Commission to operate four centers for displaced homemakers around the state passed the Senate May 10 and goes to the House. Rape S.B. 500-Gene Jones H.B. 903-Hugo Berlanga These bills would strike the word "rape" from the law books except for the offense of statutory rape and rape of a child and should reduce its use in courtroom proceedings. The bills would make these types of assault sex neutral as well as eliminate the present "marriage and co-habitation" defense in rape cases. Penalties for the crime would remain the same, but a woman would be reporting an assault and jurors would be asked to convict a person of assault rather than rape. The House bill is still in Jurisprudence Committee. The Senate bill has passed out of Jurisprudence Committee and is currently in the Calendar Committee to be scheduled for the floor. Child Care H.B. 202-Samuel W. Hudson, III H.B. 199-Samuel W. Hudson, III These bills would establish additional child care centers for AFDC recipients and for others on a sliding fee scale. Both bills are in a subcommittee of the Human Services Committee. Continued on page 18 Houston Breakthrough May 1979