A new Texas bill has been filed to put abortion on the ballot next year.

Ash Jurberg

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Rep James Talarico has filed a bill to put abortion on the ballot in Texas.

Talarico was a former sixth-grade English language art teacher at Rhodes Middle School in San Antonio before being elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2018 to represent District 52 in Williamson County. He is the youngest member of the Texas legislature.

Talarico linked to an image published by the Texas Tribune that stated according to a UT poll, 78% of Texan voters believe abortion should be allowed in some form. He then said he hoped the bill would create a referendum on abortion in November 2023.

"Every poll shows that Texans overwhelmingly oppose a total abortion ban. The lives of women and girls across our state are endangered by this extreme law. Under my bill, Texans would decide for themselves whether to reinstate Roe v. Wade...In Texas, citizens can’t place a referendum on the ballot. But legislators can. My bill would create a referendum on abortion in November 2023. Help me pass HJR 56 and bring choice back to Texas." Rep James Talarico

Failed gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke promised to reverse the abortion ban should he be elected Governor of Texas. Beto accused Abbott of signing "the most extreme abortion ban in the entire nation."

While Beto failed to win, Talarico will be hoping that his bill leads to a reversal of the abortion ban.

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