To the delight of many abortion supporters, pro-life measures got swept under the rug this past legislative session in Texas, which ended last month. Although some in the legislature may not have acknowledged the importance of life-related bills, Texas’s pro-life stalwart Gov. Rick Perry never forgets about the tiniest or most vulnerable Texas residents. In the recently called special session, which will effectively send the Texas legislature into overtime, the governor has added previously unsuccessful pro-life measures to the call.
Elizabeth Graham, director of Texas’s premier pro-life lobbying organization, Texas Right to Life, commented:
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 measures under scrutiny in the special session will include provisions to regulate how abortions are committed and how abortionists and facilities are regulated. Unlike pro-abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, who mislead the public by claiming that the failure of the legislature to acknowledge life issues was good for women, Perry’s pro-life agenda for the special session is especially focused on the well-being of women, since the health and safety measures the governor plans to pursue will prevent women from being subjected to cruel practices like those of Houston’s own recently exposed monster abortionist Douglas Karpen, the “Texas Gosnell.”
Referring to Karpen, Perry said:
We have an obligation to protect unborn children, and to hold those who peddle these abortions to standards that would minimize the death, disease and pain they cause.
Perry is undeterred by the misleading jargon of the abortion lobby, and, as he has done many times in the past, he affirmed in a statement about the special session the value that he and and Texas place on the unborn, their mothers, and all life:
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.
In full agreement with the governor, Texas pro-life Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst called the state to consider the logic of the pro-life measures Texas is considering in the special session, saying:
Until Americans are willing to overturn Roe vs. Wade, Texas should at least outlaw abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, regulate abortion clinics to the safety standards governing ambulatory and outpatient surgical centers, and ensure that abortion clinics have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.