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Perry Signs Historic Pro-Life Legislation into Law as Planned Parenthood Decides to Close Three Facilities

7/18/2013 Austin, TX -- Texas Governor Rick Perry, joined by dozens of Texas legislators Thursday morning, signed House Bill 2 into law today as Planned Parenthood announced impending closure of three facilities in Texas.

House Bill 2, authored by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker) and sponsored by Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), raises the standard of care for women in Texas receiving abortions by requiring that all abortion facilities be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers. Additionally, the bill bans abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy, requires that abortion physicians have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility, and requires that the physician administering abortion-inducing drugs comply with FDA regulations.

Abortion facilities will be required to meet the same safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers beginning September 1, 2014. The remaining provisions of the bill go into effect 91 days after the special session ends, which could be as late as July 30.

Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life said, "House Bill 2 builds on the successes of previous sessions we have worked hard to achieve. Those include the sonogram law, parental consent and notification laws, defunding Planned Parenthood, and the Prenatal Protection (personhood) Act."

Shortly after Governor Perry signed House Bill 2 into law, The Huffington Post reported that three Planned Parenthood facilities will be shuttered in late August including those in Huntsville, Lufkin, and the Bryan abortion facility. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast president and CEO, Melaney Linton, cited "an increasingly hostile environment for providers of reproductive health care" as a reason for the closures.

"Passing Senate Bill 7 in 2011 is bearing fruit. Shifting millions in tax dollars from Planned Parenthood to providers of comprehensive primary care is causing the abortion giant's empire to begin to crumble " added Pojman.

Abby Johnson, pro-life advocate and former director of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Bryan said, "This is a historic day for Texas women and unborn children because House Bill 2 was signed into law, but today is also a personal victory for me because after a lot of hard work and prayer my former abortion facility is finally going to be closing down."

HB 2 Headed to the Governor's Desk

7/13/2013 Austin, TX -- House Bill 2 passed the Senate on 3rd reading Friday night on a vote of 19-11. HB 2 is headed to the Governor's desk where he will sign the bill and it will finally become law.

HB 2 Headed to the Senate Friday

7/11/2013 Austin, TX -- Wednesday morning the Texas House of Representatives passed HB 2 on third reading on a 96-49 vote. After 10 hours of debate on Tuesday, the House passed HB 2 on second reading on a vote of 98-49. The Pro-life turnout during the debate was impressive! Pro-life Texans dominated the gallery and remained respectful throughout the day. The Texas Senate will hear HB 2 Friday, July 12 at 2 PM. Please plan to attend the Senate floor debate on Friday. We need to continue to show overwhelming pro-life support for this bill as it advances into the next stage and moves closer towards becoming law. Stay posted for details on upcoming pro-life action items for HB 2 as the bill moves to the Senate.

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Numbers from Senate Hearing on SB 1

7/10/2013 -- The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services heard public testimony on SB 1 Monday lasting from 10 AM until 2AM early Tuesday morning. In total, 3,856 people registered a position on the bill. 1,780 registered in favor of the bill and 2,076 registered against the bill. 477 people registered to give oral testimony and of those 477 registered, 357 actually spoke. Around 2 AM the Hearing ended. Committee Chair Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) did not take up a vote on SB 1. The senate will wait for HB 2 to come over from the House and hold a formal, non public Hearing on HB 2, which is identical to SB 1. We will need large pro-life support in the Senate when HB 2 is debated on the Senate floor! The Senate could hear HB 2 as early as Friday, July 12.

#Stand4Life Victory at HB 2 Hearing

7/03/2013 -- An enormous pro-life victory occurred on Tuesday night as a sea of blue flooded the Capitol to support HB 2 at the House State Affairs Committee hearing. Supporters arrived from across Texas, including Bryan/ College Station, Central Texas, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and many more. According to the Texas tribune, of the 3,543 people who registered a position on the bill, 2,181 registered in favor of the bill, and only 1,355 registered against the bill.

Perry Calls 2nd Special Session in Response to Distruption of Passage of Pro-Life Bill

6/26/2013 AUSTIN, TX -- AUSTIN, TX -- Today Governor Perry called a second special legislative session only sixteen hours after the first special session ended to consider the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities. Perry stated that, "We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do."

Late last night the Texas Senate nearly passed Senate Bill 5 (SB 5) at the end of the special session. SB 5, a pro-life bill to improve safety standards for women and unborn children at abortion facilities, was strongly supported by Texas Alliance for Life and a broad coalition of pro-life organizations. At ~11:45 PM, a large, disruptive crowd of protestors in the Senate gallery erupted and drowned out the debate through midnight.

A video of the Senate gallery can be seen here

Joe Pojman, Ph. D., Executive Director of Texas Alliance for Life said, "We are disappointed that a disruptive mob in the gallery prevented the Legislature's successful passage of this common sense measure, but we are thrilled for this opportunity to pass legislation that will increase safety standards at abortion facilities across Texas. "

The Senate overwhelmingly voted 19-11 to approve SB 5 (unofficial tally). However, time ran out at midnight, before Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst could sign the bill, and SB 5 died.

In reality, the odds against stopping a filibuster with enough time to vote on SB 5 were slim. The fact that the vote took place at all over the screams of the mob is remarkable and is a tribute to the leadership and perseverance of Dewhurst.

Voting for SB 5 were: Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), John Carona (R-Dallas), Bob Deuell (R-Greenville), Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock), Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), Joan Huffman (R-Houston), Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville), Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), Dan Patrick (R-Houston), Ken Paxton (R-McKinney), Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown), Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands).

Voting to oppose SB 5 were: Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth), Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen), Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso), Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio), Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio), Kirk Watson (D-Austin), Royce West (D-Dallas), John Whitmire (D-Houston), Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo).

Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) was not present for the vote.

On Monday, June 24, the Texas House passed SB 5 on a 95-34 vote. The Senate had already passed SB 5 on Tuesday, June 18, on a 20-10 vote. Had the House passed the Senate's version of SB 5, it would have gone to Gov. Perry's desk. However, the House had amended the Senate's version, necessitating a "vote to concur" by the Senate. Well known procedural rules mandated that vote could occur no earlier than Tuesday, putting passage of the bill well within range of a filibuster and other delaying tactics.

The Texas Legislature, which meets for 140 days every two years, ended its regular session on Monday, May 27. Gov. Perry called a 30-day special session to begin less than an hour after the Legislature adjourned. The special session ended at midnight, Tuesday, June 25. The Governor called a second special session to begin July 1 at 2 PM.

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