TEXAS SENATE PASSES PRO-LIFE BILL
Senator Hegar's Bill Increases Protection for Women and Unborn Children
AUSTIN, TX — Today the Texas Senate passed sweeping pro-life legislation. The bill by Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), will restrict abortions in Texas after five months, require physicians to have admitting privileges within 30 miles of an abortion clinic, requires physicians to follow FDA guidelines when administering the RU-486 drug and tighten safety standards for abortion facilities.
"As the husband of a strong Texas woman, I felt compelled to author this critically important legislation to improve safety standards for women and protect the life of the unborn child," said Senator Hegar.
"The passage of HB 2 marks a tremendous victory for the Pro-Life cause in Texas as well as for the preborn and women's health nationwide since this bill sets forth a model for a state using advanced medical knowledge to establish a new compelling state interest," said Elizabeth Graham, Texas Right to Life Director.
Gov. Rick Perry added a pro-life agenda to the call of the two consecutive special sessions of the Legislature, shining the spotlight on the need for pro-life legislation to protect mothers and unborn babies. A collaboration of pro-life organizations support the measures included in the omnibus bill, HB 2.
Joe Pojman, Ph.D., Executive Director of Texas Alliance for Life said, "We strongly support this measure to raise the safety standards at abortion facilities across Texas to the level of surgical centers. Women do not deserve to be subjected to unsafe treatment."
On Wednesday, July 10, the Texas House passed HB 2 on a 96-49 vote. The un-amended bill was sent to the Texas Senate where a 16 hour committee meeting was held with nearly 500 witnesses testifying.
After almost 10 hours of floor debate, with Senator Hegar defending the bill from 20 amendments, all of which were opposed by pro-life advocates, HB 2 was finally passed by a vote of 19-11 sending it to Governor Perry for his final approval and signature. The provisions of the bill will make abortions safer procedures, lowering the risk of harm to the pregnant mother or to any live-born children by increasing accountability and standards for abortion providers.
"This new law adds a critical protection for a new class of citizens, preborn children who have been proven to feel pain. Texas Right to Life commends the steadfast leadership of Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and Senator Hegar in shepherding this landmark piece of legislation to final passage through unprecedented controversy." Graham added.
Carol Everett, President and C.E.O. of the Heidi Project said, "Just weeks after the conviction of Pennsylvania's abortionist Dr. Gosnell for murder of one woman and three babies, pictures surfaced of the Texas "house of horrors" in Houston. Dr. Karpen was found to be delivering babies five months and over and then taking their precious lives. HB 2 will protect those babies from the financial greed of Dr. Karpen and protect Texas women from low standard of care abortion clinics today."
Kyleen Wright of Texan's for Life states. "We commend the Texas Legislature for standing for women."