Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Speaker Straus Killed Pro-Life Bills so Texas Right to Life and GOP Reps ask for Special Session

The following is a letter from Texas Right to Life sent to Governor Perry signed by 62 Texas pro-life State Representatives. The letter asks for Governor Rick Perry to add pro-life bills to the 2013 Special Session agenda. The bills requested to be added to the Special session are bills that Texas Speaker Joe Straus asked his leadership to kill during the 2013 regular legislative session. Joe Straus did not want any controversial bills to pass because he wanted to make the Democrats happy. No controversial bills means Joe Straus killed the important pro-life bills.

The following is the letter from Texas Right to Life to Governor Rick Perry:

Friend ---
Texas Right to Life is so proud of the Pro-Life Whip in the Texas House of Representatives, Representative Bryan Hughes, who drafted and circulated the following letter for signatures from his colleagues to urge Pro-Life Governor Rick Perry to again lead on protecting Life.  62 of the 150 House members joined Pro-Life Whip Hughes on the letter.

If a special session is called (after the enormously disappointing 83rd Regular Session that ends on Memorial Day during which no Pro-Life legislation was passed), Governor Perry may call legislators back to address some unfinished business.  Along with the 62 legislators, Texas Right to Life considers the approximately 80,000 tiny Texans who will be aborted this year to be unfinished business.

Pro-Life legislators are frustrated and saddened about being denied the opportunity to pass laws that protect the health and safety of women and safeguard our most vulnerable unborn Texans.  Our Pro-Life State House members are eager to work - even if they have to stay longer in Austin - with our Pro-Life Governor and Pro-Life Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst to enact new Pro-Life laws during a possible special session.
May 24, 2013
Dear Governor Perry,

Thank you for the strong stands you take for life and for liberty.  The undersigned members of the House share your commitment to protect the sanctity of human life.  Despite an overwhelming pro-life majority in the House, not a single pro-life bill filed during this 83rd session reached the House floor.

Since pro-life values are fundamental to us, and since the majority of Texans share these convictions, we are not willing to give up the fight.  In the struggle to defend life, we cannot take a day off - much less a legislative session.

In light of the increasing likelihood of a Special Session, we ask that you exercise your constitutional power and add pro-life bills to the call.

More specifically, we ask that you add the following matters to the call:
1.Protection of pain-capable unborn children from abortion at 20 weeks gestation;

2.Protection of women and unborn children by requiring abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers; and

3.Protection of women and unborn children by requiring abortion doctors to secure and maintain privileges at an emergency room within thirty miles of the facility where they commit abortions.

4. Legislation ensuring that any Health Insurance Exchange (whether state or federal) set up in Texas does not include coverage for abortion.
On these matters of life, the will of the people has been frustrated thus far in the Regular Session. By adding these fundamentally important issues to the special session agenda, you can enable your pro-life House Members to defend innocent human life.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of our request, and thank you for your service to Texas.
Representative George Lavender
House District 1

Representative Dan Flynn
House District 2

Representative Cecil Bell, Jr.
House District 3

Representative Lance Gooden
House District 4

Representative Bryan Hughes
House District 5

Representative Matt Schaefer
House District 6

Representative David Simpson
House District 7

Representative Jim Pitts
House District 10

Representative Kyle Kacal
House District 12

Representative Lois Kolkhorst
House District 13

Representative Steve Toth
House District 15

Representative Brandon Creighton
House District 16

Representative Tim Kleinschmidt
House District 17

Representative James White
House District 19

Representative Marsha Farney
House District 20

Representative Greg Bonnen
House District 24

Representative Dennis Bonnen
House District 25

Representative Rick Miller
House District 26

Representative Ed Thompson
House District 29

Representative Geanie Morrison
House District 30

Representative Scott Turner
House District 33

Representative J. M. Lozano
House District 43

Representative Jason Isaac
House District 45

Representative Harvey Hilderbran
House District 53

Representative Jimmie Don Aycock
House District 54

Representative Charles "Doc" Anderson
House District 56

Representative Trent Ashby
House District 57

Representative Rob Orr
House District 58

Representative Jim Keffer
House District 60

Representative Phil King
House District 61

Representative Larry Phillips
House District 62

Representative Tan Parker
House District 63

Representative Ron Simmons
House District 65

Representative Van Taylor
House District 66

Representative Jeff Leach
House District 67

Representative Drew Springer
House District 68

Representative James Frank
House District 69

Representative Scott Sanford
House District 70

Representative Charles Perry
House District 83

Representative Phil Stephenson
House District 85

Representative John Smithee
House District 86

Representative Four Price
House District 87

Representative Jodie Laubenberg
House District 89

Representative Stephanie Klick
House District 91

Representative Jonathan Stickland
House District 92

Representative Matt Krause
House District 93

Representative Bill Zedler
House District 96

Representative Craig Goldman
House District 97

Representative Giovanni Capriglione
House District 98

Representative Stefani Carter
House District 102

Representative Linda Harper-Brown
House District 105

Representative Pat Fallon
House District 106

Representative Angie Chen Button
House District 112

Representative Cindy Burkett
House District 113

Representative Bennett Ratliff
House District 115

Representative Dan Huberty
House District 127

Representative John Davis
House District 129

Representative Bill Callegari
House District 132

Representative Jim Murphy
House District 133

Representative Tony Dale
House District 136

Representative Dwayne Bohac
House District 138

Representative Debbie Riddle
House District 150
Click and follow this link to download this urgent letter -->
Yours for Life,

Elizabeth Graham
Director, Texas Right to Life


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