July 17, 2013
U.S. Senate May Vote on Late-Term Abortion Ban!
Could the U.S. Senate follow the lead of Texas and ten other states which have banned late-term abortions based upon the excruciating pain those abortions cause for the preborn babies? (More details on the Texas Triumph in the next article below.)
Last Sunday, appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (who has claimed to be pro-life in the past) told persistent interviewer David Gregory that he would be open to allowing the Senate to consider such legislation, though he clearly wanted to focus on other issues. See that conversation in this link, courtesy of LifeNews.com.
Realistically, even though the House has passed such legislation, and Sen. Marco Rubio is poised to offer it in the Senate, should it pass the Senate, President Obama would almost certainly veto it, given his dedication to the “sacrament” of abortion and his bond with Planned Parenthood. But still, we should attempt its passage.
As national polls reveal, most Americans favor banning late term abortions, as this poll for the liberal Huffington Post shows that about 60% of those polled support a 5-months ban on the brutal procedure. Read one poll here. Indeed, in Texas during the recent unpleasantness there concerning the Lone Star state’s 20-week abortion ban, polling showed that 62% of Texans favored it.
Not surprisingly, Republicans support banning abortions after 20 weeks by larger margins than Democrats: 59% of Republicans polled by United Technologies/National Journal supported an abortion ban after 20 weeks, as opposed to 33% of Democrats who supported the ban in the same poll. Those numbers closely mirror the public as a whole, supporting the GOP’s claim to speak for most Americans on this topic.
YOUR ACTION NEEDED!
Pro-lifers should urge their U.S. Senators to support the Rubio bill IF Majority Leader Reid keeps his word and allows the bill to come to the floor of the Senate. And then pay very close attention to how those senators vote — especially the four Democrats considered to be vulnerable in the 2014 election: Senators Kagan (NC), Landrieu (LA), Begich (AK) and Pryor (AR). They may not wish to explain to their pro-life constituents how they voted in favor of the cruel dismemberment of 5-months gestation babies in the womb when they campaign in their home states. To learn more about how pro-life Republicans have a good shot at taking back the U.S. Senate and demoting Sen. Reid to Minority Leader, please request a FREE copy of the latest RNC for Life REPORT here.
The Texas Triumph: Victory Over the Vicious and the Vile
It’s done! Just after midnight, following ten hours of debate last Friday, the Texas Senate passed the omnibus pro-life bill and sent it to pro-life Gov. Rick Perry for his promised signature.
But this final passage of a bill which has been described by its critics as the “most restrictive” in the nation was not without controversy, drama and troubling events.
First, there were the sheer numbers of the orange-clad pro-aborts who streamed into the Texas capital city from all over the country — literally thousands of them, some aboard Planned Parenthood chartered buses, others merely driving across town in Austin, the state’s most liberal city in its most liberal county. There were also hundreds of pro-lifers dressed in blue, at the bill’s author’s request. Not as many, but still a very impressive number who were respectful, prayerful and hopeful.
The call went out from pro-life organizations all over Texas, including RNC for Life, and cars, vans and buses full of supporters came for the final action on HB2, which:
- Increases safety standards for 36 licensed abortion facilities to the level of ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). There are 420 ASCs in Texas, including six that perform abortions. We believe all abortion providers should be held to that level of safety.
- Requires the 18,000 RU-486 abortions performed each year in Texas be done according to FDA safety standards.
- Requires physicians who perform abortions to be qualified to treat life-threatening complications after botched abortions by having privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility, and
- Bans abortions on unborn children beginning at five months of pregnancy, when scientific evidence clearly shows babies can feel pain.
As well as protecting pre-born babies from the horrible pain of dismemberment, these measures also assure that if she is committed to having an abortion, the woman is provided the same medical standard of care that someone having cataract surgery, for example, would receive in an ambulatory surgical center. Read the entire bill here.
The capitol doors opened at 7 a.m. but long lines had all ready formed as both pro-lifers and pro-aborts jockeyed for admittance to the Senate gallery. By 11 a.m., more than 1,500 people were in line, and most would stand in those lines for up to eight hours to get seats in the gallery, which holds about 500 people and where they would have to forgo food and water once inside. Read more here.
READY FOR THE MOB THIS TIME!
This time around, about 200 state troopers were stationed throughout the capitol, with about 40 just in the gallery itself. The goal, of course, was to prevent a replay of the mob scene which had occurred during the final moments of the first special session as the Democrats and the pro-aborts shouted so loudly that the final vote on the bill could not be taken until the clock had run out. This time, there were only a few in the gallery who shouted and were promptly removed by the troopers stationed in the gallery.
PRO-ABORT DEMS TRY TO NEUTRALIZE THE BILL
Through the amendment process, the pro-aborts tried to weaken the bill but were unsuccessful. According to the Texas Tribune, the pro-abortion “Democrats offered 20 amendments, ranging from proposals to add exceptions to the bill’s 20-week abortion ban for victims of rape and incest to requiring annual inspections of abortion facilities and allowing teen mothers to be excluded from a state law requiring parental consent for family planning services. All were rejected on party-line votes in a debate that lasted until nearly midnight on Friday. “
The security guards stationed at each of the building’s entrances reported confiscating a number of items including jars of urine and feces, which apparently were intended to be thrown from the gallery as Republicans passed the legislation: Read details here.
??THE MYSTERY OF THE PRO-LIFE WEEK??
And the mystery of the week: With all the security at each entrance to the capitol, how did some of the pro-aborts manage to get into the Senate gallery with metal chains that they used to chain themselves to the railings, making their removal more difficult when they misbehaved??? The most likely explanation is that persons not subject to security checkpoints (such as legislative staffers) smuggled the chains into the capitol and then gave them to the pro-aborts. We’ll probably never know which Democrat staffer did that.
But kudos are due one Democrat: Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. of Brownsville, a godly pro-life man who spoke eloquently in favor of the babies and the bill and became the only Democrat who voted for it when it passed 19 – 11. (One GOP senator was absent.)
WHAT WILL SEN. WENDY DAVIS DO NEXT?
Meanwhile, speculation continues to swirl about Sen. Wendy Davis, the Ft. Worth senator whose filibuster sparked the mobocracy which doomed the bill during the first special session. She is mulling whether she should run again for her Senate seat, or make a run for Governor. Emboldened by her “instant rock star” status both with the media and the left, Davis raised nearly $1 million for her campaign (whichever office she chooses) since her dramatic filibuster. And naturally, her Planned Parenthood pals will be thrilled to donate even more as the March 4 Texas primary approaches.
Ah yes — a star is born. But in Texas, those left-wing stars have not made it to statewide public office since 1994, the longest time for any state to be served completely by GOP statewide officeholders. Gov. Rick Perry is the longest-serving governor in the state’s history and has just announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2014, thus opening the door for sitting Attorney General Greg Abbott to announce his candidacy for governor, along with former Republican Party state chairman Tom Pauken. It’s not likely that Sen. Davis can defeat either candidate, both of whom are staunchly pro-life, as is the state itself. So Republicans are generally hopeful that she will choose that path, thus opening up her state senate seat for the GOP, which would give them complete control of the Senate in the 2015 session.
To get a glimpse of what the final day of this pro-life drama was like, take a look at the photos below and this article.
IT’S NOT OVER!
Following the midnight vote, the losing “oranges” became very rowdy in the capitol and also gathered by the hundreds outside. They vow it isn’t over – and it’s not. There surely will be a court challenge. And we pray that we will prevail in the courts, as this type of legislation progresses on its way inevitably to the U.S. Supreme Court.