Our founding fathers realized that “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” were among the most essential of the unalienable rights bestowed upon us by our Creator. Over the past several weeks a debate has been raging in Austin over the first and greatest of these enumerated rights: life.
Governor Perry has now called the legislature back into a second special legislative session to pass a bill that would help protect innocent lives, but will also go a long way toward protecting women’s health.
HB 2, which I have joint-authored, has four main components:
- It would prohibit abortions in Texas after 20 weeks;
- It would require that a doctor personally administer abortion-inducing drugs to patients;
- It would require abortions be performed in ambulatory surgical centers, which have more stringent health and safety requirements than do current abortion clinics;
- It would require that doctors performing abortions in Texas have credentials for a hospital within 30 miles of where they are performing abortions.
This legislation is focused on improving the standard of health care for women and saving lives.
The main objection of the opposition to this legislation has been that they want to be able to abort babies even after the fifth month of pregnancy. It has been proven that the unborn baby feels pain at this juncture of a pregnancy.
The opposition claims to stand for women’s health, but the fact is that after five months abortions can be extremely dangerous to a woman’s health and even be life-threatening. Additionally, when polled, 62 percent of Texans say that they support banning abortions after five months.
I am happy to report that we passed HB 2 out of the House of Representatives this week. It now moves to the Senate for consideration. Should this legislation pass, thousands of lives a year will be saved in Texas, and at the same time the standard of care for women who decide to receive an abortion will improve greatly.
I look forward to continuing to stand up with my colleagues in the legislature to defend the life of the precious and defenseless unborn.
State Rep. Phil King represents Parker and Wise counties in the Texas House of Representatives.