AUL on the Texas Pro-Life Bill (2013)
Fox News – July 8, 2013
Press Release – July 2, 2013
AUL Outlines the Life and Death Issues for Women at Stake in Texas Debate over Law Regulating Late-Term Abortions and Substandard Clinics
Americans United for Life President and CEO, Dr. Charmaine Yoest, praised Texas Governor Rick Perry and members of the state House and Senate “for standing up for the rule of law, not mob rule, to protect the lives and health of women too often victimized in abortion clinics.” In a second special session of the Texas Legislature, office holders will again consider a life-saving package of legislation aimed at reining in an unmonitored, unregulated and unsupervised abortion industry, as well as legislation based on AUL-model legislation that would require life-ending drugs to be administered only by following FDA protocols.
The newly renamed bills, HB2 and SB2, would also limit abortions after 5 months of pregnancy, would require that abortions take place in facilities regulated like out-patient surgical facilities, and be performed only by physicians who have admitting privileges at local hospitals so that the best care possible would be given in a life-threatening emergency. [Click here to continue reading]
Article by Vice President of Legal Affairs Denise Burke – July 2, 2013
Texans deserve better than the childish antics of the unruly mob that descended on the Capitol last week to hijack and derail serious debate over Senate Bill 5, which sought to address increasingly prevalent abortion industry abuses. As lawmakers launch a second special session to consider abortion-related legislation, what is needed is not hysteria and hyperbole. A full discussion on how Texas women stand to benefit from the proposed, common-sense requirements is needed to save lives.
The self-indulgent actions of demonstrators do not reflect the sentiments of most Texans. Well-documented medical risks of both chemical and surgical abortion combined with the risks associated with abortion practices in Texas require honest discussion.
In the past five years, at least 19 Texas abortion providers have been investigated or cited for violations of current state law, including failure to meet facility health and safety standards and failure to comply with informed consent requirements. Senate Bill 5 sought to remedy this deplorable track record by requiring abortion clinics to comply with the same patient care standards as those imposed on facilities performing other outpatient surgeries. [Click here to continue reading]
Article by President & CEO Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. – June 26, 2013
At 12:03 last night, the Texas Senate voted 19-10 to pass a pro-life omnibus bill that Democrat senator Wendy Davis had been filibustering earlier. But that was three minutes too late. The bill had to pass by midnight. Why were they three minutes late recording the vote? Because abortion activists had succeeded in creating so much chaos in the chamber, the Senate was unable to maintain an orderly process. The filibuster actually ended at 10:30, leaving an hour and a half in the legislative session to consider the bill. But mob rule took over with the protestors in the galleries overwhelming the number of police there to keep order.
This is Saul Alinsky-style anarchy disguised as political protest. It’s telling that abortion activists needed to resort to mob tactics and riot to defeat a bill that had such a resounding margin of support.
But after their euphoria tamps down, the enablers of Big Abortion will come to see last night as a pyrrhic victory. There were no actual arguments advanced against the bill, only tired, old slogans and cliches from the ’70s. [Click here to continue reading]