The culture wars seemed alive and well in the Capitol on Tuesday. A pair of “fetal pain” bills promoted by Governor Rick Perry were introduced that would ban abortion after twenty weeks of pregnancy. And the Senate Education committee heard testimony on a bill that would bar school districts from using sex education curriculum developed by abortion providers or affiliates. Committee chair Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican and author of last session’s polarizing sonogram bill, seemed to be relishing this chance to revisit this ground.
“The purpose of the bill is to keep those who promote and support abortion out of the schools,” Patrick said.