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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
News Release
November 21, 2016
Contact: Melissa Duncan
Senator Nelson Joint Author of SB 8

AUSTIN - Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has signed on as a joint author of SB 8, the 'Pre-Born Protection and Dignity Act,' banning the sale of fetal tissue from elective abortions and prohibiting partial-birth abortion in state law.

"We have a responsibility to dispose of fetal remains with the dignity they deserve," said Senator Nelson. "Partial birth abortion is a barbaric practice that must be ended to protect innocent life."

SB 8 comes in the wake of a series of videos released last summer showing senior Planned Parenthood executives casually discussing the potential sale of fetal tissue to benefit the organization's bottom line. The legislation is supported by several prominent pro-life organizations, including Texas Right to Life, the Texas Alliance for Life, the Texans for Life Coalition and the Texas Catholic Conference.

Senator Nelson filed 11 bills on the first day of pre-filing. Her primary goal this session is to pass a conservative budget that protects vulnerable children and maintains our commitment to education, transportation and other important priorities. Lawmakers may file legislation through March 10, 2017. The 85th Legislative Session begins on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, co-chair of the Transition Legislative Oversight Committee, and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.