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Spring in Texas Brings Signs of Life

May 2, 2017

Spring is all about the celebration of new life. April showers have indeed brought May flowers. The natural beauty of Texas wildlife is on display and new flowers have begun to bloom. As we enjoy the sunny weather and celebrate signs of new life.  We should also celebrate all the work done by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick in the Senate and Chairman Byron Cook in the House to promote and support a culture of life in Texas.

 

Texas is blessed with an abundance of pro-life ministries, including approximately 200 pregnancy help centers. Our state has birthed many innovative, original and international movements (Gabriel’s Angels, Forty Days for Life, Embrace Grace, And Then There Were None, Heroic Media and more).  It is also home to several pro-life groups who advocate for state laws to protect moms and babies from abortion.

 

Our coalition includes four such groups:  Christian Life Commission, Texans for Life, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops and Texas Alliance for Life, and together we work with 10 million Texans.

 

We are working closely with Governor Greg Abbott to pass his pro-life priorities, in addition to several other great measures.  Once again, the legislature is poised to make this another banner session for Life!

 

Our groups have also urged Governor Abbott and lawmakers to substantially increase funding to the state’s alternative to abortion program to assist with the growing numbers of women seeking help from life-affirming pregnancy help centers.

 

These are by no means all the pro-life bills being considered by the Texas Legislature, but we believe them to be the best bills to continue our winning strategy; and the ones best able to withstand court challenges—an even bigger concern after the Supreme Court raised the burden of proof when it struck down portions of HB 2 last summer.

 

Texas taxpayers are already on the hook for as much as $4.5 million in attorneys’ fees for the abortion provider plaintiffs in the HB 2 challenge.  The last thing any of us wants is to send millions more to radical abortion activists if they successfully challenge another pro-life law.

 

Only a few years ago, pro-lifers were overjoyed to get one, maybe two bills in a legislative session, now we are more likely to celebrate the passage of four or more! Our pro-life legislature continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to protecting our unborn with multiple life-saving bills each session, and statistics demonstrate the incredible results.