Embroiled in an intense battle for Life, pro-life Texans will pause to rally the troops Monday night, as they head into a week filled with floor debates and final votes over the historic omnibus pro-life bill.
In the wake of shocking and brutal conditions in clinics run by Kermit Gosnell and Houston’s Douglas Karpen, national leaders are eager to encourage Texans in their fight to restrict abortion after five months and better protect women by improving clinic standards. They will lead the rally on the South Steps of the Capitol this evening, Monday, July 8th, beginning at 7 p.m.
Confirmed speakers include Governor and Mrs. Mike Huckabee, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their daughter, Josie (born at 25 weeks), Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave of Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women for America’s Penny Nance, and March for Life’s Jeanne Monahan.
Also on hand to encourage the crowd will be Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and Attorney General Greg Abbott. Pro-life legislators on the front lines of this battle will join us as well.
Pro-life Texans have repeatedly flexed their muscle by electing large majorities of pro-life senators and representatives. Weeks of unruly, even paid protestors, working to subvert the legislative process, however, have made it imperative that pro-life supporters visibly #stand4life with their lawmakers at the Capitol–and tonight they will!
The rally is sponsored by leading supporters of the pro-life omnibus bill HB 2 and its companion, SB 1: Concerned Women for America, Heidi Group, Texans for Life, Texas Eagle Forum, Texas Right to Life and Texas Values.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, said in the brief statement below that this is history in the making:
“A baby at 20 weeks gestation has all her organs; she has a detectable heartbeat and the beginnings of fingernails, eyelashes, and eyebrows. She can respond to her mother’s voice, and, most tragically, she can feel pain. Medical science has proven that he or she is a human life deserving of human rights. In fact, late-term abortion is an inhumane practice that was recently unmasked by the horrors of Kermit Gosnell and his ilk. Now is your chance to stand for life and to speak for those with no voice. Please join us on Monday, July 8, at 7:00 p.m. on the south steps of the Texas Capitol. This is the human rights issue of our time, and our young people get that, with individuals under 30 supporting the ban by a 52-39 margin. The mob rule tactics of the Left have shown that the extreme faction of the pro-choice movement refuses sensible regulation on abortion. Planned Parenthood believes that abortion should be legal at any point in gestation, as many times, for any reason at the taxpayer’s expense.
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“Monday is the day to show we stand for life. Pro-choice advocates who oppose these commonsense limits on abortion in Texas are unwilling to accept science and public sentiment. Their actions and speech are indicative of their cluelessness about the values of their own state. Chanting ‘Hail, Satan’ as pro-lifers sang Amazing Grace was shocking and almost unbelievable.
“According to a June National Journal poll, 50 percent of women support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks. I am humbled and honored to be a part of the larger voice of those who cannot speak for themselves. Please join Gov. Mike Huckabee, The Honorable Marilyn Musgrave of Susan B. Anthony List, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar with baby Josie Duggar (who was born at 25 weeks), myself, and other well-known national pro-life leaders. And remember to wear blue to show your support.”