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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Texas prolife legislation: SB182 update...

Austin, TX ( -- A Texas state Senate committee held a hearing on a bill Thursday that would allow women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn baby prior to an abortion. More than a sixteen states have such laws on the books and another dozen are considering similar laws this year.

The bills enjoy strong backing from pro-life advocates, who know ultrasounds have helped women understand the humanity of their unborn child.

When used in pregnancy centers they persuade as many as 80 percent of women considering an abortion to seek alternatives.

Senator Dan Patrick presented Senate Bill 182 and said it would amend the current Texas Women's Right to Know Act, which was passed in 2003. That's a state law requiring abortion practitioners to provide women with information about abortion's risks and alternatives.

Under Patrick's bill, women would not be required to see the ultrasound but they must be allowed the chance to do so and can sign a form stating they were given the opportunity.

"I'm interested in protecting the lives of the unborn and giving a woman an option before she makes that fatal choice for that fetus, for that baby, to look at that ultrasound," he said previously. "That might persuade her to save that life."

Rep. Frank Corte Jr., a San Antonio Republican, is the sponsor of the House version of the legislation.

In 2007, the state Senate approved the bill and it stalled in the House.

In January, Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged lawmakers in the state legislature to adopt the bill, which he called “another layer of protection for the most vulnerable Texans.”

“Issues of this complexity and moral weight are the sort of thing that we are sent here to address,” he said.

Hundreds of pro-life advocates from across Texas rallied at the state capitol rallied last month with Perry, Attorney Gen. Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and the authors of the bills, SB 182 and HB 36.

Texas Alliance for Life's executive director, Joe Pojman, was also one of the speakers and he told the bill is the top priority of various pro-life groups throughout the state.

"This bill is one of our top priorities," said Pojman. "We cannot understand why anyone would deny women the information they need to decide whether to have an abortion."

The Texas Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates and Texas NARAL oppose the bill allowing women a chance to see the ultrasound. (Big surprise!)

During hearings on the prior bill, Juli Morrison of Seguin testified for it and said that she had an abortion 13 years ago and the abortion practitioner took a sonogram of her unborn baby but would not show it to her.

"I'm not here to argue the sanctity of life or anything," she said, according to AP. "I know from personal experience, from counseling women who are post-abortive, as much information as you can give them is the best."

There are more than 74,000 abortions in Texas annually and legislators are hoping Patrick's bill and others the legislature is considering will help reduce that figure.


Mr.Ed said...

I support this bill.

Life should be protected. The time to make a choice is at the time of sex.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm the one quoted in this article - and I will be testifying again for this bill next week - so I would much appreciate your prayers!


Subvet said...

Juli, my prayers are with you all week. Thanks for your prolife efforts.

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