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Gov. Perry vows support for Texas RTL’s “Preborn Pain Bill”

by | Dec 12, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-Life Texas Gov. Rick Perry

When the governor of your state vows his support for your “flagship” bill, you have to feel mighty good. Yesterday, speaking at the Source Pregnancy Center in west Houston, pro-life Texas governor Rick Perry threw his weight behind the “Preborn Pain Bill,” which is Texas Right to Life’s top priority when the Legislature reconvene January 8 for a 140-day session that occurs every two years.

Two weeks ago Elizabeth Graham, director of Texas RTL explained, “The general medical consensus is that the developing human preborn child is capable of experiencing torturous pain at 20 weeks post-fertilization.  These scientific findings are based on anatomical, behavioral, and physiological neuro-stimuli.  The science of preborn pain sets the standard of care for preborn children who undergo surgery in utero.” If Texas prevails, there will be eight states with comparable bills.

“Let me be clear, my goal–and the goal of many of those joining me here today–is to make abortion at any stage a thing of the past,” Gov. Perry said on Tuesday. “But while Roe versus Wade prohibits us from taking that step, it does allow us, the states, to do some things to protect life if they can show there is a compelling state interest. I don’t think there’s any issue that better fits the definition of a compelling state interest than preventing the suffering of our state’s unborn.”

Last year Perry signed into law H.B. 15, which requires the abortionist to perform and display a sonogram of the unborn child, make audible the baby’s heartbeat for the mother to hear, and explain to her the results of each procedure.

“Over the last decade, Texas has taken extraordinary steps to protect the lives of the unborn,” Perry said, “but when 80,000 lives continue to be lost to abortion each year in our state, we know our work is far from over.”

The “ideal world,” Perry said, “is a world without abortion.” He added, “Until then, however, we will continue to pass laws to ensure abortions are as rare as possible under existing law.”

According to the Associated Press, Perry said the Legislature, “also will consider a bill that would require physicians who perform abortions to have an agreement with a nearby hospital, allowing them to admit a patient in case of an emergency.”

Perry also “vowed lawmakers would make every day of the 140-day session count when it comes to protecting life,” the AP reported.

Categories: Legislation