Now the bills, which include making a woman wait 48 hours before getting an abortion and banning abortions after finding a fetal heartbeat, are headed to the house floor.
Representative Ed Henry is on the health committee as well as a sponsor of one the bills. He says these measures are important for women.
“I think they lend a lot of safety to the procedure, to the women that are going through this. And they slow it down just a little bit to give some time, at least mine does,” said Ed Henry,
Right after the bills passed committee, a rally was held on the steps to support not only the abortion legislation, but all prolife measures.
Terri LaPoint survived an abortion, while her twin sister did not. She is a big supporter of this slate of bills.
“I'm so excited that we're speaking out for life and protecting life. I really hope that these things will go through and go further. I think that every life is important. Every person matters.”
Democrats, on the other hand, are concerned that this will only lead to a waste of taxpayer money.
“The republican supermajority continues to bring us bills that will cost the taxpayers millions of dollars inside the courtroom. I don't think it's right for the leadership to continue to bring bills that we know will be contested. Most of the bills are fighting federal legislation and as we all know, state law does not trump federal law.”
But Henry says that he's not intimidated by court costs.
Not that I'm going to say I don't care if we get sued, but I'm not going to let the threat of a lawsuit prevent us from doing the right thing.