Taylor Greener, the daughter of Texas Republican Gov.
Greg Abbott, has decided against voting for Texas’ new abortion restrictions, a decision that would likely have made her the first sitting Republican governor to publicly back the measure.
Greener, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico and former U,S.
Treasury Department official, was among dozens of women who met with Abbott on Thursday to voice concerns about the bill, which would require abortion clinics to meet strict requirements and require that women be given ultrasounds before undergoing an abortion.
The bill would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and allow women to seek legal abortions through a form of private insurance.
Abbott’s administration has touted the bill as one that would protect women’s health and safety, but Greener has said the bill would not have prevented abortions if it were fully enforced.
Abbott has said he believes the legislation is necessary to protect women.
Abortion opponents and women’s groups have pushed for the bill to fail, saying it will make it harder for clinics to operate, and that it will allow abortion providers to skirt the requirements of Medicaid, which covers most low-income women.
The U.N. has said that a ban on abortion under these circumstances will only make abortion harder.
Greene, an assistant professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, had voted for abortion restrictions during the 2016 election cycle.
She said she felt strongly about the need to protect Roe v.
Wade, but her position on abortion has not changed in recent years.
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