Texas Legislator Counters Wendy Davis During Hearing, Holds Up Baby Shoes

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 9, 2013   |   10:26AM   |   Austin, TX

During the hearing in the state House yesterday on the 20-week abortion ban, Texas State Senator State Senator Bob Deuell, MD held up a pair of baby shoes to represent the unborn children who are aborted.

The shoes are a powerful visual symbol counteracting the running shoes that have been a pro-abortion symbol of the Wendy Davis filibuster against the late-term abortion ban.

Below is the picture of Duell holding up the shoes along with a collection of tweets with pictures and commentary on the hearing yesterday and the thousands of pro-life advocates who showed up in Austin to support the bill.






















A Texas state House committee approved the bill last week and more legislative action is expected today as the state House debates the bill.

The last attempt to pass the bill was halted in the state Senate with a pro-abortion filibuster but state Sen. Wendy Davis says she will not filibuster the bill a second time.

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks and hold abortion clinics accountable by making them meet basic health and safety standards that have closed facilities in other states that are unable to comply. The bill also requires all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and lastly, requires a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.

The hearing saw the halls packed with over 2,100 people wanting to testify on the bill — with most of them pro-life and supporting it. The final count on the bill was 3,543 who registered a position with the Texas government computer system — 2,181 supporting the bill and 1,335 against it.“In terms of witnesses, the system has never seen overload like this,” said Rep. Helen Giddings, the vice chairwoman of the House State Affairs Committee.The state House is expected to debate the bill on July 9 after the Texas legislature returns from its Independence Day recess.

Perry issued a call for a special session of the Texas legislature to pass the bill that a pro-abortion mob prevented the legislature from passing it.

“I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state,” Perry said. “Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. 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.”

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst addressed the National Right to Life Convention in Dallas, Texas recently — affirming his commitment to passing protective legislation for mothers and their unborn children in the upcoming second special legislative session.

“I am not discouraged. We will pass this bill out of the legislature,” he said.

The filibuster was not the only impediment to passage of the bill — a noisy group of abortion advocates made it impossible for members of the Senate to conduct business and that may happen again — making it so Dewhurst will need to step up and regain control of the chamber so the bill can be debated and a vote taken.

Texas legislators on Monday filed a new bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks and hold abortion facilities accountable for breaking health and safety laws after a pro-abortion mob derailed the previous bill.

Abortion advocates protested at the state capitol but pro-lifers drowned them out with signing of Amazing Grace. The paid protesters opposing the late-term abortion ban in Texas are also  doing more than rallying outside the legislature against the pro-life bill. They’re threatening pro-life state legislators and their staffers.

Call and email YOUR Representative and Senator starting on Monday with a simple message, “Please speak, stand, and vote FOR HB 2.  My support will be significantly determined by the vote on this bill.” Visit this link to confirm your correct Representative and Senator: https://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx