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1:32 pm CST - February 24, 2009

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Supporters Rally in Support of Heartbeat Bill


According to Representative Wayne Christian, “Preservation of life should be first on all our agendas.” This sentiment was at the forefront of the capitol today as the Governor, Lt. Governor, Senators, State Representatives, and a mix of pro-life organizations rallied to show their support for the Heartbeat Bill that will soon appear before the legislature.

The proposed bill (SB 182 & HB 36) would require a doctor to perform an ultrasound at least two hours before a woman has an abortion and compel the image to be shown to the pregnant woman. The Heartbeat bill also states that if a heartbeat if present, it must be made audible for the woman to hear.

The purpose of the controversial bill is to ensure that Texas women have full access to information about their reproductive healthcare decisions as well as services available to all pregnant mothers, and to guarantee that women in Texas are able to give their fully informed consent before having an abortion.

Among those present at the rally was Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst who gave his full support of the Heartbeat Bill.

“Public funds should be used to protect life, not to harm life,” said Dewhurst, who said the bill offers opportunities for women and churches to promote adoption.

Governor Perry said he was proud of the bill and how hard Representative Frank Corte and Senator Dan Patrick had been working during this session to see the Heartbeat Bill through.

“Over 80,000 Texas lives are terminated every year because of abortion,” said Perry, “We raise our voices because it’s the right thing to do.”

Perry also stated that there was a ban on public money for abortion procedures in Texas.

“As long as I am governor, I will oppose our tax dollars on research that ends human life,” stated Perry.

“There is no such thing as an unwanted child. The right to life is not granted by any government or court of law.”

Attorney General Greg Abbott encouraged pro-life supporters that their efforts to limit abortions in America were being upheld in courts and the legal system.

9 Comments

CWJensen
2:49 pm CST
February 24, 2009


North Dakota just passed a anti abortion bill .
Really find it interesting the people that scream the loudest about lives lost in battles for freedom or against terror, find nothing wrong with abortion on demand.

Olinda Hecox
6:24 pm CST
February 24, 2009


Thanks for keeping up the good fight.
I agree with Gov. Perry that we do need to raise our voices.
This is the right thing to do for the ones who cannot speak for themselves.

JMR
10:19 pm CST
February 24, 2009


CW, you could say the same on the other side of the coin, the people that scream the loudest against Pro-choice rights are the same who want to send troops into war. Just a different perspective.

SPaf
8:24 am CST
February 24, 2009


I can’t believe anyone could state that there is “no such thing as an unwanted child” when we hear horrendous stories regularly about the abuse of children, often by a parent. Does this mean that children are “wanted” to torture? It would be refreshing if some of this fervor for pro-life could be directed to protecting children who have been born. This rigid stance on abortion is driving people from the Republican party in droves. Keep it up, and the party will disappear. No one is making anyone have an abortion. There should be choice.

BL
2:20 pm CST
February 24, 2009


Sara Wheat, vice president of community affairs for Planned Parenthood, said that she doubted the accuracy of the statistics presented at the rally and that they were probably drawn from crisis clinics, which she said do not practice safe abortions.

Wheat said about one-third to one-half of Planned Parenthood clients request to see an ultrasound, and it usually confirms the mother’s decision to abort the fetus.

All abortion clinics in Texas are required to do an ultrasound, and the mother has the right to decide whether or not to view it, Wheat said.

“I don’t know a single doctor in the state who would perform a safe, legal abortion without an ultrasound,” Wheat said.

“The bill is a waste of the Legislature’s time. The most effective way to prevent abortion is to look at unintended pregnancies.”

Scott Spear, the medical director of Planned Parenthood, said the Legislature should consider making contraceptives more affordable if it wanted to stop abortions.

“Nobody needs an abortion who isn’t already pregnant,” Spear said.

Spear said that even if a mother was forced to hear a heartbeat, it might not be audible yet.

Ninety percent of all abortions occur during the first trimester, when the fetus has not developed a four-chambered heart. Without a four-chambered heart, the fetus’ heartbeat would make no sound, he said.

“This bill does nothing to prevent unintended pregnancies,” Spear said. “[The Legislature] is trying to create shame and a sense of guilt around abortions.”

Spear said he also thought the bill violated the doctor-patient
privilege.

“In no other field of medicine does the Legislature come in and tell the patient what they need,” Spear said.

“It’s like having the Legislature in the exam room.”

Interview the other side of the story, Texas Insider…

admin
11:52 pm CST
February 24, 2009


Not sure what the other side of “Supporters Rally in Support of Heartbeat Bill” would be. We didn’t interview anybody, we reported on what we saw and heard outside the Capitol.

Do enjoy hearing your point of view though. I take it you weren’t wearing a 2heartbeats.org pin?

Dan Hawkins
9:21 am CST
February 24, 2009


If our state officials really want to protect the right to life of all Texans, then they need to remove the laws that protect abortion procedures. Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution says, in part, that “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

The Roe v. Wade decision, as horrendous as it was, also stated in regards to the rights of the unborn, that: “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment.” As of 2003, Texas law firmly established this suggestion of personhood by passing the Prenatal Protection Act, which amended the Texas Penal Code so that a “Person” “means an individual, corporation, or association.” (Tex. Penal Code §1.07.38) An “individual” (the term used in the definition of “Person”) “means a human being who is alive, including an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth.” (Tex. Penal Code §1.07.26)

Because this “suggestion of personhood” is now established by law, the Roe v. Wade decision stipulates that the right to life of unborn children MUST be guaranteed in accordance with the Fourteenth Amendment. Repealing Tex. Penal Code §19.06 would remove abortion’s protected status, making abortion a criminal homicide. Why doesn’t a legislator with just a little bit of courage propose that on the floor of the Texas Legislature?

Glenn Grisdela
7:01 am CST
February 24, 2009


Dear Senators and Congressmen;
My wife and I are strongly pro life. We understand that there will be a bill submitted today in Congress asking for the support of the people to defend the unborn babies. We understand that if this bill passes that it will protect the lives of all human lives as soon as a heart beat is detected, We ask you we humbly pray to God that you our representatives that we elected to support this very important legislative document.

Yours in Christ, for the preborn babies of the world;
Mr.and Mrs.Glenn Grisdela

angel
6:03 pm CST
February 24, 2009


I personally am in full agreement of Gov. Perry and I’m not even from Texas but it’s nice to know that Ohio is not the only state doing it’s utmost to protect the children that have yet to be born. I find it quite unfair to the child that he or she can simply be killed if his or her parents don’t want to have to raise the child THEY created. If people are going to have unprotected sex they need to understand all the risks. Abortion is murder not a form of birth control

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