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Letter: Working to keep Texas pro-life
With the passage of HB 2, Texas made a bold statement that the people of Texas would continue to stand up and fight to protect the sanctity of unborn life and for the health and safety of mothers. The abortion industry, however, opposes the provisions of that law.
A legal decision last October blocked some major restrictions in the new statutes, but late last month, the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals overturned that decision and allowed the restrictions enacted by HB 2 to proceed.
During the court proceedings at the 5th District Court, Planned Parenthood admitted that at least 210 women who completed their abortions in Texas are hospitalized due to complications. It appears likely that the pro-abortion lobby will continue their legal fight to thwart the will of the people of Texas by appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.
President and CEO of Planned Parenthood South Texas, Jeffrey Hons, intends to open an upgraded $5 million Planned Parenthood abortion facility in San Antonio to comply with the new state law. All abortion facilities must comply by next September with the regulations that require these places to meet state ambulatory surgical service standards as well as other new restrictions on their business.
What’s next for pro-life? We must respond to recent decisions, and continue the fight against the abortion industry in Texas.
Pope Francis spoke eloquently in his recent exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium:
“Among the vulnerable for whom the church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this.”
As Christians, let us all continue to pray fervently for the end of legalized abortion in our nation, especially in San Antonio, where the fighting spirit of the Alamo remains strong in our hearts and minds. May Texas continue to be a shining beacon to the rest of the country for our stalwart defense of life and our religious liberties.
For more information about how to become actively involved in pro-life prayer and action in San Antonio, contact one of the following:
Allied Women’s Center, Crisis Pregnancy counseling services 210-354-4357;
San Antonio Coalition for Life, Sidewalk counseling, 40 Days for Life campaigns 210-737-2235; St. Joan of Arc Brigade, Pro-Life Prayer Vigils on Saturdays, pro-life prayer missions, 210-771-5757.
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