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New state law seeks to reduce the number of child brides in Texas Good News 

New state law seeks to reduce the number of child brides in Texas

Texas, United States (TexasTribune) – A new state law prohibits anyone under 16 from getting married and requires people under 18 to get a judge’s consent before marrying. Texas has one of the highest child marriage rates in the country, but a new law seeks to change that. In May, Texas joined a growing number of states cracking down on child marriage when Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1705, which bans anyone under 16 from marrying. The law by state Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano — which went into effect Sept. 1 – also requires people under 18 to get a judge’s consent before marrying. The new law is about “not forcing Read More

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Judge temporarily halts Texas ban on common second-trimester abortion procedure Health 

Judge temporarily halts Texas ban on common second-trimester abortion procedure

Texas (TexasTribune) – A federal judge on Thursday delayed for two weeks enforcement of part of a state law that bans the most common second-trimester abortion method. A federal judge has temporarily stopped Texas officials from enforcing a ban on the most common second-trimester abortion procedure, just one day before the ban was set to go into effect. Judge Lee Yeakel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas granted a temporary restraining order Thursday, delaying enforcement of the ban until Sept. 14. It was originally set to go into effect Sept. 1. Senate Bill 8, which passed during the 2017 regular Read More

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Texas Senate approves anti-abortion bill in overnight vote Health 

Texas Senate approves anti-abortion bill in overnight vote

Texas (TexasTribune) – The Senate has approved a measure that prohibits local and state government agencies from contracting with abortion providers and their affiliates. The Texas Senate gaveled in around 10 a.m. Tuesday, but it wasn’t until past midnight that lawmakers turned their attention to Senate Bill 4, an anti-abortion measure that was initially approved over objections from Democrats. Passed in a 21-10 vote, the measure prohibits local and state government agencies from contracting with abortion providers and their affiliates. (Update, July 26: The bill received final approval from the Senate on Wednesday evening and now heads to the House.) “Should Read More

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