Republican state Rep. Matt Schaefer of Texas recently authored an amendment that would not allow a pregnancy termination after 20 weeks, even for unsustainable pregnancies.
Schaefer attached his controversial amendment to House Bill 2510, which was about improving the management of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The amendment would have protected a fetus "that has a severe and irreversible abnormality,” noted RH Reality Check.
Schaefer defended his amendment by saying that suffering is “part of the human condition, since sin entered the world.”
Some members of Schaefer's own party opposed his amendment, but it passed 83-46.
Schaefer added a second amendment that would require abortion facilities to make monthly reports to the state about the legal abortions that were performed. That amendment also passed with a vote of 82-53.
“We should value what God values, and that’s the life of the unborn,” Schaefer stated, noted the Texas Tribune.
Republican state Rep. Four Price of Texas, author of House Bill 2510, objected to Schaefer's amendment and sent his bill back to the state House Human Services Committee.