PRO-LIFE BILL PASSES OUT OF THE TEXAS HOUSE COMMITTEE — MOVES ON TO FULL HOUSE

Jul 4, 2013 by

health_alert-e7.3.13 – Pro-Life Bill Passes out of Texas House Committee

 

“HB 2 would prohibit abortions 20 weeks after fertilization based on medical reports, disputed by abortion-rights advocates, that fetuses can feel pain at that age. The bill also would require expensive renovations and medical equipment for abortion clinics and increase regulations on abortion doctors and on the dispensing of abortion-inducing drugs.” (Austin Ameican-Statesman, 7.3.13)

 

 

From Donna Garner:  Texas Rep. Byron Cook, chair of the House State Affairs Committee, had said at the beginning of the day yesterday that the testimony on HB 2 would end at midnight.  After hearing almost 100 testimonies from people on both sides of the issue – almost 8 hour’s worth — the midnight hour came; and Rep. Cook kept his word over the obviously partisan complaints of Democrat Rep. Sylvester Turner.

 

Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, as author of HB 2, gave her wrap-up remarks; and Rep. Turner tried to intimidate her with harsh words of a personal nature. Rep. Laubenberg kept her poise and answered back with a kind but positive reply at which time Rep. Byron Cook called for the vote – passed 8 to 3.

 

Yesterday was a great victory for the pro-lifers in Texas; but more importantly, it was a victory for unborn babies and for Texas women who should never have to experience the type of “house of horrors” that Dr. Kermit Gosnell set up in Philadelphia.  Now HB 2 will proceed to the full House next week.

 

Side note:  One of the pro-death testifiers complained that there had been more people on the pro-life side who had testified, but another testifier mentioned the fact that the pro-lifers arrived in Austin early in the morning and signed up to testify while the pro-abort testifiers came straggling in late in the day to sign up.

 

From what I could see, Rep. Byron Cook was very even-handed, alternating back and forth between a testifier on the pro-life side and then one on the pro-abort side.  In the late hours, many people had evidently left, choosing not to testify; but Rep. Cook gave them their chance to be heard. All at the Capitol had the opportunity to register their position whether they chose to testify or now.  The people’s right to be heard was preserved yesterday, and Texans can be proud that the rule of law was followed.

 

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Panel OK’s abortion bill with 1,000-plus waiting to testify

Updated: 12:49 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013  |  Posted: 9:43 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013

BY CHUCK LINDELL – AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Excerpts from this article:

12:30 a.m. update:

Voting 8-3 along party lines, the House State Affairs Committee approved sweeping abortion regulations early Wednesday morning, setting up a House vote next week.

The Republican-majority House, which reconvenes Tuesday morning, is expected to easily pass House Bill 2, sending it to the Senate.

Chairman Byron Cook, as promised, closed the hearing at midnight. More than 1,000 people were still waiting to testify, he said. About 90 people testified.

Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, objected.

“I do believe that people who come here do have the right to have their voices heard. I do believe that it is wrong to cut them off,” he said. “I think we are pushing things through.”

Turner’s anger boiled over when Cook quickly moved from closing the hearing to holding a committee vote on the bill.

“I have amendments,” Turner said.

“Bring them up on the floor,” Cook replied.

“Mr. Chairman, you know you are wrong with that,” Turner answered.

After the vote, and while the crowd filed out, Turner confronted Cook on the dais, angrily pointing his finger in the chairman’s face while he made a point that could not be heard from the audience.

…“We’re trying as hard as we can,” said Cook, who firmly repeated that the hearing will end at midnight.

…Two or three people in the main hearing room voiced displeasure at not being able to testify, but most of the crowd quietly filed out afterward. Department of Public Safety troopers said there were no major incidents as the Capitol emptied out.

Earlier:

As motivated as they were divided, thousands of advocates for both sides of the abortion debate again filled the Texas Capitol on Tuesday, packing the hallways for a hearing on sweeping regulations now known as House Bill 2.

About 3,000 signed in to register a position on the bill, including more than 940 who hoped to testify, far more than could be accommodated in seven hours of public testimony given in three-minute bursts — and far more than could fit in a 100-seat hearing room that became the hottest ticket in the Capitol.

Eleven overflow rooms were opened in the Capitol Extension to handle the crowd, but hundreds chose to wait in a long, winding line to enter the House State Affairs Committee hearing room, replacing person-for-person those who departed.

…Charles Lingerfelt of Dallas told the committee that he favored the bill because abortion is an “intrusive and wretched invasion of the first home of the baby, the womb.”

“Would you idly stand by and let someone break into your home invasively and intrusively and do nothing about it? And yet that is what happens to the first home of a child, of an unborn baby,” he said. “There are people around the state who would gladly take in the babies through adoption.”

HB 2 would prohibit abortions 20 weeks after fertilization based on medical reports, disputed by abortion-rights advocates, that fetuses can feel pain at that age. The bill also would require expensive renovations and medical equipment for abortion clinics and increase regulations on abortion doctors and on the dispensing of abortion-inducing drugs.

…Dr. Mary Catharine Maxian of Houston took exception to testimony that there is no medical need to increase regulations.

“We don’t know the complication rate for abortions because a lot of times” medical problems related to the procedure aren’t reported, particularly on the death certificate, she said. “The government does have an interest in the practice of medicine and the protection of life.”

Barbara Crum of the Houston area told the committee that she was adopted.

“If abortions had been so easy to get, I probably would not be here today,” she said. “God knew me in my mother’s womb and had plans for me when I was conceived, as he does for all life, which should be cherished. Please choose life for the defenseless unborn babies who feel pain.”

Testimony continued late into the night, with a midnight deadline in force.

…But the committee chairman, Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, noted that this was the third hearing the committee has held on the abortion measures…

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

 

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