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Texas lawmakers receive ‘credible threats’ of violence over heartbeat law

Texas, el paso

The pro-life movement celebrated a major milestone on September 1 when the Texas Heartbeat Act — which restricts abortion after a preborn child’s heartbeat is detected — went into effect, helping to put an end to the killing of preborn children in the Lone Star State.

On the heels of the enactment of that legislation, members of the Texas legislature who voted for the new abortion law became the target of a credible threat. Lawmakers were notified on Tuesday evening by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) about a threat reportedly posted online on Reddit in which a user threatened to “end every one of you,” and said the lawmakers “are not people to me.”

Texas DPS specified that the threat only applies to the lawmakers who voted in favor of the heartbeat bill. The Texas Tribune reported that the Texas DPS said in a statement that it “takes all matters of personal security and public safety very seriously and we do not discuss details of ongoing threats and investigations.”

On Twitter, Texas Rep. Dustin Burrows commented on the threat, saying he remains “undeterred” in standing up for life.

“I was served with 13 lawsuits this a.m. over the Heartbeat Bill and the FBI is investigating credible death threats,” Burrows tweeted. “The extent to which human beings will go to defend the killing of other human beings is astounding. I remain undeterred in standing up for every heartbeat.”

READ: Five benefits of the controversial Texas Heartbeat Act

In response to the recent news articles on the credible threats targeting pro-life Texas legislators, some abortion advocates have taken to social media to post hateful remarks. In one post on The Hill’s Facebook page, a commenter wrote, “Thoughts and prayers? What comes round goes round.”

Other comments included, “I don’t care, do you?” “Oh well,” “Excellent,” and “Turnabout is fair play.”

This is not the first time pro-lifers have been threatened over the Texas Heartbeat Act. Just 10 days after the legislation went into effect, Texas Right to Life in Houston received a bomb threat that caused the pro-life organization to evacuate its headquarters.

This is one of numerous instances of violence, harassment, and assault targeting pro-lifers. However, as Live Action News has repeatedly reported, the abortion industry does not condemn these attacks, and even celebrates them. Previous examples of violence include an abortion facility staffer attempting to pour manure on pro-lifers, a Molotov cocktail thrown at an elderly pro-lifer in Montana in 2011, and a pro-lifer punched in the face as he prayed the rosary outside of an abortion facility. These are only a few out of countless threats and assaults.

Despite these attacks, pro-lifers remain steadfast in defending the nation’s preborn children. Other states are already following in Texas’s footsteps, including Florida, where a similar heartbeat bill was recently filed.

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