AUSTIN, Texas – Today, the Texas Senate voted and passed the Save Women’s Sports bill () with 19-10 votes and the Chemical Abortion Restriction bill () with 19-10 votes. S.B. 2 prohibits biological males from competing in University Interscholastic League (UIL) sports for middle schools and high schools. S.B. 4 restricts and regulates chemical abortions in Texas.
Jonathan Covey, Director of Policy for Texas Values said:
“The Texas Senate once again demonstrates unwavering support of important bills that protect women and girls. Biological males should not be allowed to play on girls’ sports teams and take opportunities away from girls who have worked so hard to advance in their sport. This is about fairness, and when you ignore biological reality, girls get hurt.”
S.B. 2 is an identical bill to S.B. 29 from the regular session. This bill defends the rights of women not to be forced to compete against biological males in women’s sports. Title IX was designed to stop discrimination and create equal athletic opportunities for women. This bill recognizes and protect the advances that have been made in the last 50 years for women. The Texas Senate successfully passed two bills on the issue of fair play in the first special session that began July 8th.
S.B. 4 is an identical bill to SB 394 from the regular session. This bill regulates and restricts chemical abortions, bans chemical abortions by mail, requires an in-person examination of a woman considering a chemical abortion, requires a follow-up visit, limits chemical abortions to 49 days gestation, requires informed consent and reporting, and prescribes criminal offenses for violations.
The second Special Called Session started on Saturday, August 7. Governor Greg Abbott announced a second Special Session after the Texas House failed to pass any legislation before the last day of the first special session due to Texas House Democrats fleeing the state and the first Special Session ending without quorum.