State Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, was among the dozen or so state representatives that saw their amendments tabled during Tuesday’s House of Representatives Hearing on House Bill 2, an omnibus bill that would greatly effect Texas’s abortion laws.
The Texas Tribune reports that as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, 14 amendments to the bill had been proposed for the bill and all had been tabled.
Eiland proposed an amendment that would remove all aspects of the bill, except a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Eiland claimed that the of the 75,000 abortions only about 400 occur after 20 weeks. Eiland’s amendment would have removed proposed requirements for doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals; force doctors to administer abortion inducing drugs in person; and require that all abortion be performed in ambulatory surgical centers.
In proposing the amendment, Eiland said that he believed the preborn pain aspects of the bill may be constitutional, because it has been passed on other states. But he said that other aspects of the proposed law may be found unconstitutional if they were challenged in court.
His proposed amendment was objected to by one of the bill’s authors, Rep. Jodie Laudenberg, R-Parker, who said it would “gut” the legislation. The amendment was ultimately tabled by an 85-52 vote.
Eiland has said he opposes the abortion bill. He voted against passing an identical bill in the previous special session, and said he would do so again if it did not receive significant changes.
The House’s discussion is expected to continue into the evening hours. The Tribune’s live stream from the House floor can be seen here.