Wording of Abortion Funding Ban Divides Texas GOP

Texas GOP lawmakers held up a health care bill and $468 million in Medicaid and other funding yesterday in the state House after failing to reach an agreement about the wording of a provision that would deny state funding to hospital districts that support elective abortions. Lawmakers could not come to consensus on whether or not to add an exemption to the measure for cases in which the fetus “has a severe and irreversible abnormality that is incompatible with life after birth.” —Sarah Bufkin