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Anti-abortion lawmakers in Texas push for more restrictions


San Angelo Standard-Times - Anti-abortion lawmakers are looking to use the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature to build on the restrictions that led to the closing of more than half of Texas’ 40 abortion clinics. Among the proposals: more limits on legal exemptions for girls seeking abortions without notifying their parents and efforts to ensure that women are not coerced into having abortions, particularly in human trafficking cases.

...Republican state Rep. Debbie Riddle has offered a bill to require staff at abortion clinics to complete a training program to recognize and respond to signs of human trafficking. Riddle said she sees abortion facilities as the “first line of defense” for female victims.

“If somebody, a doctor or a nurse or somebody dealing with that young woman, can spot the fact that that young woman is a victim of human trafficking, then that will help,” Riddle said.

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