Dewhurst tweet: Abortion bill aimed at closing clinics
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Senate Republicans insist proposed new restrictions on abortion facilities are designed to protect women’s health.
But a tweet Wednesday from the account of Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said what Democrats have claimed all along: the plan is an attempt to shut down clinics and all but ban abortion in Texas.
Senate Republicans Tuesday night passed sweeping new restrictions on how Texas abortion clinics operate. Critics say the changes would force most to close.
A tweet from the @DavidHDewhurst Twitter account included a map from an abortion rights group showing clinic locations that says “it would essentially ban abortion statewide.”
“We fought to pass SB5 thru the Senate last night, & this is why!” the tweet said.
A second message posted to the account a few hours later states Dewhurst is “unapologetically pro-life AND a strong supporter of protecting women’s health. #SB5 does both.”