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Participation Assignment: Instructions: Answer the following questions in complete

sentences. For this assignment you must work on your own and turn in your own
work. For this assignment you do not need to cite your sources or have a works

1. Recently Texas caught national attention when state Senator Wendy Davis
filibustered the abortion bill. Examine the following:
1 Explain the filibuster rules in the state of Texas
During a filibuster, lawmakers must stand by their desk, and they
are not allowed to lean on a desk or chair, cannot eat or drink in the
chamber, or have bathroom breaks. Discussion while speaking
always must be relevant to the bill and audible; otherwise, others
are permitted to interrupt. Those who are not eligible to filibuster
are those in wheelchairs or mentally disabled.
2 Locate the actual bill that Wendy Davis filibustered, paste the link
and list 6 provisions that the bill stipulates
i. It restricts elective abortions at or later than 20 weeks postfertilization, so women have time to decide whether to have an
abortion in the first 20 weeks after fertilization.
ii. The doctor performing or inducing an abortion must be on the
date of the performance, have active admitting privileges at a
hospital that is located not more than 30 miles from the location
of the performance.
iii. No one can knowingly give, sell, dispense, administer, provide,
or prescribe an abortion-inducing drug to a pregnant woman for
the purpose of inducing an abortion in the pregnant woman or
enabling another person to induce an abortion in the pregnant
iv. It is permitted to provide, prescribe, or administer the abortioninducing drug under the clinical management guidelines defined
by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Practice Bulletin as those guidelines existed on January 1, 2013
v. If a physician gives, sells, dispenses, administers, provides, or
prescribes an abortion-inducing drug to a pregnant woman
knows that the woman experiences a serious adverse during or
after the administration or use of the drug, the physician shall
report the event to the United States Food and Drug
Administration through the MedWatch Reporting System not
later than the third day after the date the physician learns that
the event occurred.

vi. A physician or an applicant for a medical license commits a

prohibited practice if that person submits to the board a false or
misleading statement, document, or certificate in an application
for a license.

Explain the challenges that Texans could face regarding this bill
Those opposed to the bill are trying to push amendments for
exception of circumstances of pregnancy, such as rape and incest,
and they believe that the bill may force women to take matters into
their own hands and self-abort.
Explain the recent developments regarding this bill and the federal
The Texas Senate has voted in favor for a bill that bans insurance
coverage for abortions, including private plans like the Affordable
Care Act. Texas is now 26th state to opt out of elective abortions in
federal health plans. The bill may bring billions of fund to help
develop roads and highways.
What is the average age of women who obtain abortions? What
about those after 20 weeks?
The most common women who get abortions are the age of
between 15 and 44. 7.3% of abortions are performed between 14 to
20 weeks, and 1.4% are performed at least 21 weeks.
What is the different between the Plan B pill and RU 486? Where
and how can they be obtained? Cost? Where is the best information
that the state provides?
The Plan B pill is called the morning-after pill, which is available at
pharmacies but requires those under 17 to have prescriptions and
may cost around $50, and it can be taken within 120 hours to
prevent fertilization. RU 486 (mifepristone) is a pill that induces
abortion, which can only be given in an authorized clinic and may
cost around $800, and be used by women 7 weeks pregnant (5
weeks since conception) or up to 49 days after one's last menstrual
period. The best information for these two medications can be
found on Planned Parenthood.

2. Over the last year Texas has joined several states by requiring women
seeking an abortion to obtain a sonogram. Examine the following:
1 How many other states have a similar bill? What was their reason
for doing this?
10 states are mandated that women must have an ultrasound if
they want an abortion. It is to help convince women to preserve
their pregnancy.

Locate the actual bill, paste the link and list 6 provisions that the bill
i. The father is liable for assistance in support of the child
regardless if he offered to pay for the abortion.
ii. The facility and anyone at the facility cannot accept any form of
payment, exchange, or agreement for an abortion other than the
payment of service required.
iii. Consent to an abortion is voluntary and must be informed by the
physician who is to perform the abortion about the particular
medical risks associated with the procedure.
iv. The physician who is to perform the abortion or an agent of the
physician who is also a sonographer certified by a national
registry of medical sonographers must perform a sonogram.
v. The sonogram performed must be shown to the patient and
presented with the details of the fetus.
vi. Before a sonogram, an abortion, or any anesthesia can be
administered, the patient must complete and certify with her
signature a form that details the nature and consequences,
procedures, laws, and options of what is associated with her
3 Explain how the reinforcement will work and what if a woman
cannot pay for the sonogram
The bill is upheld by the federal court, and now there organizations
that will help women in their need in abortion-related situations.
4 Considering both bills, if you could add, modify etc. anything to
either bill what would it be? Be very specific.
I think that a sonogram should be required prior abortions, but it
should be up to the mother on whether or not she wishes to see it
or be informed of the details of the fetus.