Skip to comments.Pro-Life Bill Officially Filed In Texas State House
Posted on 07/02/2013 10:12:46 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
A new bill that limits the murder of the unborn to 20-weeks and requires abortion clinics to meet basic medical standards has been officially filed in the Texas State House. HB 2 declares that the state has an obligation to protect the unborn.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, called a second special session of the Texas legislature to pass the late-term abortion ban bill.
I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state, Perry said. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.
The bill reads in part:
The compelling state interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that an unborn child is capable of feeling pain is intended to be separate from and independent of the compelling state interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage of viability.
Increase abortion facility safety standards to the level of ambulatory surgical centers to shut down Gosnell-like abortion providers in Texas,
Require the 18,000 RU-486 abortions performed each year be done according to FDA safety standards,
Require physicians who perform abortions to be qualified to treat life-threatening complications after botched abortions and have privileges at a local hospital, and
Ban abortions on unborn children beginning at 20 weeks after fertilization, when scientific evidence clearly shows babies can feel pain.
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Rick Perry bolstering his feeds.
Love this move to begin to outlaw this barbaric practice
I hope God will forgive us as a nation for murdering an untold number of babies.
The DNC slogan can now be “Gosnell/Davis in 2016”
How about “Depends on Wendy” as a slogan?
You know, for those who are urinary-catheter-challenged.
More babies have been slaughtered through abortion since 1973 than the total current population of South Korea. Can you spell --- holocaust?
This bill will get the same treament as SB 1070 in AZ with a court fight, but in the short term it reacts to Gosnell’s horrors and makes the Republicans look good.
Its one of those emotional wedge issues the Republicans can use to keep Pro-Life voters with the GOP-E candidates in 2014.
20 week limit legislation didn’t pass the House in Washington for nothing.
But in the end the federal courts will gut it just like SB 1070 on immmigration did in Arizona.
Remember that GOP-E Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ran with Bill 1070 to re-election last time. She used it as an emotional wedge.
Now Brewer endorsed the amnesty legislation that passed the Senate claiming security issues are being addressed.
Where will be GOP be on abortion after this bill passes, they all get credit for passing it, get re-elected and the courts gut the legislation?????
Twelve other states have already passed the 20-week rule. Nebraska's was the first...and it has withstood SCOTUS muster.
I read that one reason the previous bill wasn’t passed is because they allowed a bunch of pro-death protestors into the gallery. The protestors were making so much noise the legislators literally could not do their business.
Limiting the number of protestors seems logical. Say, no more than 25?
Insisting the protestors keep their mouths shut seems logical also. With forced removal as a penalty.
The folks in the legislature were elected by the populace of Texas. Allowing a few protestors to subvert the people’s business needs to be shut down hard.
I opposed Gov. Rick Perry in the last election, because I had issues with some of his prior decisions, like Gardasil. However, he primarily lost because he couldn’t handle the debates.
Now I’ve grown to respect Gov. Perry. He’s not perfect, but he’s at least an 80% ally (meaning: conservative friend). He would have made a much better president than Romney or Obama. Of that I’m certain.
I also respect the way he bowed out when it became apparent he couldn’t win. Had the other conservative candidates consolidated behind the most electable conservative, Romney would have lost.
In regards to the special session, good job Gov. Perry. It’s actually a boon to conservatives that this abortion safety law wasn’t passed, because a 20-week restriction and medical safety standards are extremely reasonable requirements for all but the hard left. Let them argue the need to butcher viable children in unsafe clinics. We’ll win big in the court of public opinion on this one.
The court challenges will result in rulings.
The liberals can shop for judges here just like they did with great success on Prop 8 in California.
The judicial process continues in these cases and there are no final rulings.
In fact, that’s the political sweetness of it all.
The politician gets credit for pushing the court challenged law and wins the next election while the judicial process drags on.
This is what Karl Rove calls a “wedge issue”.
It doesn’t overturn Roe vs. Wade but it mobilizes the emotion of Pro-Life voters behind the established politicians.
Groups like the GOP-E affiliated National Right To Life will use the US House vote on 20 week ban legislation to enable RINO’s who support amnesty for illegals to win primaries.
Between 2006 and 2010 we heard opinions expressed that Governor Perry was bad, then he was good when 2010 came around.
Perry knows how to use rhetoric to win in Texas and when the people realize that its all rhetoric with no backbone they will be looking for something else, maybe a third party.
Does Perry have an opinion on the amnesty bill in Washington right now or does he have to keep pushing the abortion bill as a diversion from that discussion????
Let me answer that last post.
Most Texas legislators and Perry have supported in state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants.
Perry opposes a border fence saying would be too expensive
In comments to the Wall Street Journal recently, Perry said the people will trust Washington on immigration if they get serious about security.
The illusion that the legislation is “tough” on border security is being pushed by its backers.
Jan Brewer in AZ at least came out and claimed the bill has security in it LOL.
Perry’s views on the immigration issue are not tough because he has money behind him that wants the cheap labor just like other GOP politicians do.
So why not beat his chest and push Pro-Life legislation and drag the process out while immigration remains a hot topic issue.
Its a good emotional diversion??????
20 weeks is five months, of nine total gestation. How can that be negotiable at all.
No life should be taken. Perry is negotiating with evil. Of course evil wants more evil. At least Perry is on the right side of the discussion and is forcing the legislature out into the open.
Obama made abortion pills legal for 15 year old children.
We live in a nation where the vocal populace broadly chooses death for children, horrific. 50+ million aborted lives in 40 years, genocide by any standard: compare to 3 to 4 million live births per year.
Well, Gov. Perry seemed wobbly on amnesty, and that was definitely a strike against him in my book. However, I think he’s doing a reasonably good job in other areas, and abortion is one of my major voting issues. I cannot and will not vote for a pro-abortion candidate.
In this particular case, Gov. Perry’s rhetoric seems to align with actual action. He did call the special session.
I think politicians should be encouraged and supported whenever they do the right thing. We can’t simply write them all off whenever they disappoint. We have to hang in there and try to influence them to act appropriately. Why? In the case of Gov. Perry, he really is a governor, and he’s going to use that office for good or bad either way. When he does good, shouldn’t we try to bolster that so he (we) can actually win on those particular issues?
Senator Rubio is an excellent example. I despise the man’s dishonest approach to amnesty. However, he’s going to be a senator until 2016. If Rubio came out tomorrow on the right (conservative) side of an issue, I’d back him on that issue. That doesn’t mean I have to support amnesty. It means I want to move the goal posts to the right, and I’ll support anyone who can do that WHILE they’re doing that.
FlyingEagle: “How can that be negotiable at all.”
Wars are not won in a single battle. It’s negotiable, because it moves the goal posts to the right. 20 weeks is better than 25. 15 weeks would be better than 20, but you take whatever political victories you can when you can get them. Then you fight for more. That’s exactly how the left has managed to move the country inexorably to the left year after year. They don’t try to bite off more than they can politically chew at one time. The recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage was exactly that. They knew they couldn’t get away with mandating gay marriage across the nation at this point, so they built the foundation to do it in ten or 15 years.
If you want abortion to be very, very rare (or not at all), then it’s wise to methodically move to the right. That, btw, is EXACTLY why the left is up in arms over this! They use the incremental approach against us. They understand it very well, and they KNOW it’s far, far easier to beat them with incremental wins. They seem to be irrational. Opposing 20 weeks makes no reasonable sense unless you see it in the larger scheme of things. If we can do 20 weeks, we can do 12, and that’s exactly why they are livid over this.
A 20 week limit is less than what Ronald Reagan supported....
“My answer as to what kind of abortion bill I would sign was one that recognized an abortion as the taking of a human life. In our Judeo-Christian religion we recognize the right to take life in defense of our own. Therefore an abortion is justified in self defense. My belief is that a woman has the right to protect herself against rape, she should not be made to bear a child resulting from the violation of her person and therefore abortion is an act of self-defense.
I know there will be disagreements with this view, but I can find no evidence whatsoever that a fetus is not a livng human being with human rights.”
Reagan said that in a 1970’s radio commentary but most importantly he signed 1967 legislation that limited abortion to rape, incest and the life of the mother from the moment pregnancy began. It wasn’t a 20 week ban.