The state House has approved measures that would make it a crime to threaten or coerce a woman to have an abortion.
The measures would cover threats of physical violence, but also withdrawing housing or financial support if a woman does not end a pregnancy.
Republican state Rep. Bruce Rendon spoke in favor of the measures.
“When a woman or a young girl is threatened of losing a lifeline, whether it’s shelter, financial support, or even a brief period of calm between incidents of emotional or physical abuse, let’s be clear, that is extortion,” Rendon said.
Critics of the measure say it should offer similar protections to women who are threatened or assaulted if they want to end a pregnancy.
The package now goes to the state Senate.