Posted by texlife on Nov 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments
(The following op/ed piece was authored by our president, Kyleen Wright and carried in the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the San Antonio Express News)
Texas’ new pro-life law requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Abortion clinics have sued to block the measure, complaining their doctors can’t get those privileges.
Actually, two-thirds of abortion providers already have hospital privileges, and it is illegal for a hospital to discriminate against a doctor for performing abortions.
Clinics have argued that this provision will require many of them to close. But more than 90 percent of women will still have access to an abortion within 100 miles. Also, there is at least one secular hospital within 30 miles of every abortion clinic.
Posted by texlife on Jul 11, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments
We are almost across the finish line!
We have one last big hearing and vote on the pro-life omnibus bill–tomorrow, starting at 2 p.m. in the Senate chamber.
We need a blue, blue gallery to silently cheer on our pro-life senators as they take on Wendy Davis and her cohorts as we work to ban abortions after 5 months and improve clinic standards for women.
Your support has been overwhelming!
After thousands of you turned out for Monday night’s rally with Gov. Mike Huckabee and The Duggar family, lawmakers were overwhelmed, hugging and thanking organizers for the show of support. Many felt they had been under siege as a sea of orange originally dominated the Capitol, and they were grateful and emotional witnessing your support.
On Wednesday, as the House took up HB 2, all but of a handful of the 500 seats were blue. Representative Jodie Laubenberg, the bill author, shared how encouraged and emboldened she was to see the Gallery decked in blue4life as she began her arduous day of debate. Many of us arrived at the Capitol at 5am for the 10am hearing to ensure that we made it in first so that our team of pro-life legislators knew we were with them. (I cannot tell you how proud and gratified I was when I arrived at 5am and saw that every door of the Capitol had a blue line!)
Now we need to show Senators that we have their back tomorrow. Come early, stay late.
This is will be the final & biggest battle.
Please make plans to join us we finally pass this historic pro-life bill that will save babies and better protect women. We desperately need reinforcements–YOU–standing with us, dressed in blue! Abortion advocates won a victory last time the senate voted, and they will be fighting hard for this last attempt to kill the bill.
Lawmakers continue to work overtime to maintain law and order so fear not–just come. We HAVE THE VOTES. We just need YOU. As Gov. Huckabee said at the rally, all eyes are on Texas. Be in line EARLY to take the first shift, but if you have to come late, come to relieve those who came early.
Come, be part of a historic witness that reverberates around the world.
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to be a part of the biggest pro-life movement in Texas EVER, as we set the standard for the nation! Wear your blue and comfortable shoes. Email email@example.com for information about charter buses available. Tweet about it using the hash tag #stand4life.
Posted by texlife on Jul 4, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments
“Ma’am, excuse me, would you mind telling everyone why you’re here today?” a young man, probably no older than 16, asked me. It was a question I had already answered two times earlier in the day as bright lights from local Austin news cameras were shoved in my face. This boy was not with a T.V. station though. He was wearing a blue shirt with a swatch of red tape stuck to it. I recognized him from a group called “Bound 4 Life.” They’re the ones who wear the red tape over their mouths emblazoned with the word “LIFE,” symbolizing how they stand in solidarity with the unborn, whose voices are silenced everyday. While normally, I love their peaceful, prayerful message, today I came to Austin to be heard. I came to Austin so that Wendy Davis, who just one week prior stood for over eleven hours filibustering the Senate, would know that while I admired her greatly, she does not speak for me. So even though the last thing I wanted to do was hop up on a flimsy, plastic step stool in the middle of a courtyard rotunda, I agreed and was quickly shuffled over to the microphone.
As I carefully hopped up onto the rudimentary 12×10 inch stage, and rose above the small crowd of blue, my eyes met two young women, dressed in all orange to represent their opposition of this House Bill 2 (formerly HB5). They were draping a black sheet over the balcony with the words, “You Oppress We Resist” scrawled across it in silver spray paint. I began to speak about how my mother, at the age of 19, became pregnant with me just down the street at the University of Texas, and they started shouting pro-choice slogans. Out of necessity I found my voice growing louder and bolder while recalling how years later, now married and in her 20′s, she had her IUD taken out, a fairly common procedure done in most clinics and doctor’s offices. I told of how the doctor slipped and punctured her uterus, an injury that could’ve sterilized her had her physician not had access to the proper medical facilities, and still they heckled. By the time I finished giving my testimony, which I’d originally written just in case I was one of the lucky few chosen from the 2,200 people who had signed up to address the State Affairs Committee, my throat was aching and dry. What was originally intended to be a somber and powerful explanation for why I supported the more rigorous women’s healthcare regulations proposed in HB2, had somehow morphed into an impassioned battle cry, and left me cleaving to my water bottle as my heart pounded within my chest.
As the day wore on I watched more and more orange shirts show up in the courtyard. At first they congregated around the perimeter, then they began packing in on the second floor balcony with signs reading, “F*** Rick Perry” & “If the child you save is gay, then what?” Suddenly this rather meager pro-life rally being held solely for the benefit of an at-home audience, who was live streaming it, became a highly volatile form of agitation to those opposing the bill. What had started as a few catch-phases being blurted from the balcony was now a low steady hum of civil unrest. People in blue continued to crawl up on the step stool, however their voices were becoming harder and harder to hear.
By the time night fell on the courtyard, the rotunda was an even mix of both blue and orange. The pro-lifers were huddled tightly together in the center, as pro-choicers marched
Posted by texlife on Jul 4, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments
UPDATE: Apparently the numbers regarding support/opposition for HB 2 were reversed in a correction issued today. While prolifers in blue dominated the Capitol most of the day, abortion advocates continued to stream in late in the day and evening. This means your presence next week is even more vital! Charter buses will be available in some areas on the days the bill is up for a floor vote. Stay tuned and don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the biggest move for LIFE in Texas in 40 years!
Just a few of the Blue Shirts Standing in Support of HB 2
State Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth,reported to the Texas Tribune that after over eight hours of testimony 2,181 people had registered in support of the bill, while 1,355 had registered against it. THANK YOU, PROLIFERS!!
Special thanks also to State Affairs Chairman Byron Cook and committee members: Charlie Geren, Patricia Fincher Harless, John M Frullo, John Smithee, Tom Craddick, Rene Olveira, Helen Giddings, Sylvester Turner, Jose Menendez, Jessica Farrar, Harvey Hilderbran & Dan Huberty for yet another thoughtful, lengthy hearing on what is now HB 2. The committee has now devoted over 30 hours to hearing testimony on this legislation, yet abortion advocates continue to complain about testimony being shut down. As they continue to lose in the legislative process, as well as the court of public opinion, pro-aborts are increasingly resorting to the last refuge of losers: they cheated!
Despite the tremendous amount of time in the House chamber alone has devoted to hearing this legislation, NARAL is urging its supporters to write letters to the editors of the state’s newspapers, alleging our state’s top lawmakers are “bullying and cheating to get their way” by changing the rules, cutting off debate, ignoring the clock and rigging the game. Rubbish.
In reality, abortion advocates and their allies in the House and the Senate continue to seek ways to subvert the process, filibuster through abuse of committees hearing the bills and stalling to run out the clock.
The bill was voted out of the House State Affairs committee, along party lines, 8-3, with 2 absent. The bill now heads to the Calendars Committee before hitting the floor next week.
Also, the Senate Health & Human Services Committee has scheduled a hearing on the bill for Monday, July 8th, at 10 am, with registration for testimony opening at 9 am. Please help us support prolife lawmakers again with another sea of blue in the gallery. Testimony will be limited to two minutes and if you wish to testify, please plan to be in line no later than 7 am. We need you even MORE next week. Stay tuned for details about Monday night’s big rally featuring Governor Mike Huckabee, Michelle Duggar and many more, as well as news about any floor votes scheduled.
Posted by texlife on Jun 30, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment
Undoubtedly you have heard about the mob that prevented our pro-life omnibus bill from finally passing Tuesday night. I am not about to let them get away with it, are you?
It should come as no surprise to you that our pro-life Governor Rick Perry was not about to let the mob have the final say. He has called another Special Session which begins Monday, and yes, abortion is on the call! The omnibus bill, HB 2 has already been filed and will have a hearing on Tuesday. This coming Tuesday, July 2nd.
Lawmakers are working overtime to ensure that law and order will prevail, but need your support! They need to see pro-lifers in the gallery on vote days and in the hearings. The media needs to see us, too.
The pro-life omnibus bill is historic legislation that will save thousands of babies each year and better protect women. It bans abortions after 20 weeks when babies can feel pain, requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, requires abortion facilities to upgrade to that of other surgical centers and better regulates medical abortions.
The bill passed through both chambers by large majorities before returning to the senate for a vote to concur. It is expected to pass again by large margins, but your presence is crucial.
The WORLD is watching Texas. Will you be the pro-life witness they’re looking for? Or will they only see a sea of orange-shirts worn by abortion advocates?
We are asking pro-lifers to be in line Tuesday at noon in the Capitol and plan to stay as late as possible, probably midnight. Sign in at the computer kiosks, and if you have a compelling story testify (3 mins.). Wear something blue and comfortable shoes. Tweet about it using the hash tag #stand4life. Follow Texans for Life on facebook and check back here for updates.
Will she get to walk a mile in her shoes?
On Tuesday, April 16, Planned Parenthood will plaster the web with the Not In Her Shoes campaign for their Virtual Lobby Day. We need your help – yes, you! – to turn it around on them.
Planned Parenthood is encouraging women to tweet and blog and otherwise post online photos of their shoes, with pithy captions about how don’t nobody know what it’s like to walk in my shoes, m’kay?
See, these people are still trying to convince us that it’s okay for them to get paid to take the lives of innocent humans, because they do it for really, really good reasons.
Not money. No way. Has nothing to do with money. Nope.
In response, Texans for Life Coalition plans to out-lobby the lobbyists with Virtual Pro-Life Lobby Day, a Not In Her Shoes campaign of their very own that will make Planned Parenthood’s message look even more dumb and shallow than it already does.
The best part: you can be involved!
A pro-choice woman has contacted Texans for Life due to serious concern about the care she received when undergoing an abortion procedure in Dallas.
She is not the only one concerned; her doctor has been sued by three patients.
One of them has a severely brain damaged infant. One of them no longer has a uterus. One of them went to the ER after her abortion with half of her 22-week fetus still inside her and a lacerated uterus and colon.
Despite having had his hospital privileges revoked due to a heinous record, this doctor is still committing abortions in Dallas.
That’s why Texans for Life and other pro-life groups are supporting legislation which will prohibit doctors who have no hospital admitting privileges within thirty miles from performing abortions.