As soon as the regular session was over, there were calls from grassroots conservatives all the way up to LT Governor Dewhurst asking Perry to add important anti-abortion bills to the Texas Special Session that Perry was expected to call. Texas Right to Life even got dozens of Texas State Representatives to sign a letter urging Perry to add pro-life issues to the Special Session. Thankfully, we have a VERY pro-life Governor. Yesterday, Rick Perry added abortion legislation to the list of approved bills that can be passed out of the special legislative session that was called by Governor Perry.
According to Texas Alliance for Life, these special session pro-life bills include:
1. Increase abortion facility safety standards to shut down Gosnell-like abortion providers in Texas,
2. Require the 18,000 RU-486 abortions performed each year be done according to FDA safety standards,
3. Require physicians who perform abortions to be qualified to treat life-threatening complications after botched abortions, and
4. Protect unborn children who can feel pain from the horror of abortion.
According to the Beaumont Enterprise, Perry made it clear Tuesday he hasn't forgotten the kind of ideological topics that are close to the hearts of his conservative base, saying in statement:
"The horrors of the national late-term abortion industry are continuing to come to light, one atrocity at a time. Sadly, some of those same atrocities happen in our own state."
"In Texas, we value all life, and we've worked to cultivate a culture that supports the birth of every child," Perry said. "We have an obligation to protect unborn children, and to hold those who peddle these abortions to standards
Texas Right to Life had this to say:
All the major Pro-Life organizations across Texas have been working on a coalition-supported bill. State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) filed SB 5, a bill that improves safety standards at abortion facilities and establishes the state’s interest in protecting the lives of preborn children who feel pain. Representative Jodie Laubenberg (R-Rockwall) is the House sponsor and has filed the House companion, HB 60.
Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life said, “Governor Perry has been a faithful champion for the rights of the most vulnerable in our state, and he has always welcomed and sought opportunities to protect life. We laud his efforts and the constant commitment of Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst to safeguard pregnant women and their unborn children while holding abortion clinics accountable.”
The Director of Texas Alliance for Life released this statement yesterday in response to the news of Governor Perry adding pro life bills to the special session:
"We are grateful to Gov. Rick Perry for adding protection of mothers and unborn babies to the issues considered in the special session," said Joe Pojman, Ph.D., Executive Director of Texas Alliance for Life. "We believe that the recent allegations against Houston abortion physician Douglas Karpen, along with conviction of Kermit Gosnell, highlight the urgent need for pro-life legislation to be passed quickly. We cannot allow these atrocities to continue for two more years when we have the opportunity to address them right now."
Below are some of the recent articles I posted that are related to this Special Session announcement from Governor Perry:
Texas Speaker Joe Straus Killed ALL big Pro-Life Bills in 2013 - Straus is a Pro-Choice DISGRACE
Speaker Straus Killed Pro-Life Bills so Texas Right to Life and GOP Reps ask for Special Session
TX Dem. Reps Praise Speaker Straus for Blocking Abortion and Gun Bills this Legislative Session
TX LT Gov. Dewhurst requests Special Session for Abortion and Gun Bills that Straus Killed
TX LT GOV David Dewhurst: Stopping Texas Gosnell - Baby Murderer
Sen. Ted Cruz: Investigate Abortionists in U.S. including Houston TX Doc Accused of Killing Babies AFTER Birth
Another Gosnell? Texas Abortion Doctor Accused of Murdering Babies AFTER Birth - Twisted Heads Off
Governor Perry Supports Texas Preborn Pain Bill to Ban Abortions after 20 Weeks