AUSTIN, Texas —
The bill under consideration mirrors restrictions passed in Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kansas, Wisconsin and Arizona. Passing the law in Texas would be a major victory for anti-abortion activists in the nation’s second most-populous state. Hegar acknowledged working with anti-abortion groups to draft the legislation and said he monitored how similar bills did in other states. A lawsuit originating in Texas would also likely win a sympathetic hearing at the conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.