Texas Legislature Passes Pro-Life Bill; Pro-Aborts Promise Challenge

By:  Dave Bohon
Texas Legislature Passes Pro-Life Bill; Pro-Aborts Promise Challenge

As a pro-abortion mob continued to threaten the legislative process, the Texas State Senate passed a bill banning late-term abortions in the state — a bill Gov. Rick Perry has vowed to sign into law.

The Texas State Senate followed up House passage of a pro-life bill that would ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, and pro-abortion activists have promised a court battle after Gov. Rick Perry's expected signature on the new law early next week. As reported earlier by The New American, the legislature had already passed the law in late June, but Perry was prevented from signing the bill before the end of the legislature's first special session on June 25 because of the actions of a nearly lawless pro-abortion mob at the State Capitol.

A similar mob threatened proceedings on July 12, with Texas State troopers hauling away several unruly pro-abortion screamers who attempted to disrupt the debate. The Senate's Republican majority finally passed the bill just before midnight, with all but one Democrat casting their votes against the commonsense mother-and-child protection measure.

“Today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life,” announced Gov. Perry, who vowed to quickly sign the bill into law. “This legislation builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect women's health.”

In addition to banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, the new law requires abortion doctors to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and mandates that abortion clinics upgrade their operations to surgical centers — requirements that will likely shut down some abortion facilities in the state.

Pro-abortion legislators and activists promised to do all they can to stop the bill from taking effect, arguing that it conflicts with the the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that effectively legalized abortion. “There will be a lawsuit, I promise you,” declared Democratic State Senator Royce West with hand raised in an oath as he stood on the Senate floor.

Julie Rikelman, litigation director for the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights, optimistically announced that “this law can absolutely be stopped. It is a cocktail of restrictions that have been blocked by other courts around the country. It's clearly unconstitutional and I do believe that courts will find it to be unconstitutional if it's challenged.”

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Photo of Texas state troopers in the state Capitol rotunda: AP Images

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