Say what you will about Governor Perry’s performance during the presidential primary. He was pretty bad, we all admit. But he and many like-minded pro-life legislatures the reason that there will be fewer abortions performed in Texas.
The Texas law, passed in the second special session for the TX legislature, bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The dog and pony show at the capital over the past few weeks by pro-abortion activists holding hangers and screaming at members of the TX senate thankfully was not enough to get the outcome they were looking for, though I have no doubt they are regrouping for future fights.
As Reuters reports:
“Most people, I think, in this country – and in Texas, certainly – believe that six months is too late to be deciding whether or not these babies should be aborted or not. And we put the limit at five months in this bill,” Perry told the CNN program “State of the Union.”
The Texas measure marks the latest effort by Republicans at the state level to impose new restrictions on abortions, which were legalized nationally in a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
“This gets back to the issue of should the states be able to make these decisions or should we allow this big, cumbersome federal government to decide for all of us,” Perry added. “I happen to be one of the people that believes that the federal government should do a few things and do them well, and then allow the states to make the decisions on these types of issues.”
The Texas measure would make Texas the 13th of the 50 U.S. states to pass a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy - a provision based on disputed research suggesting fetuses feel pain at that point. Current limits are 26 weeks in Texas.
The measure also would impose a series of new requirements on abortion clinics and doctors who perform abortions, mandating that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (48 km) of the clinic and creating stricter guidelines for how doctors administer abortion-inducing drugs.
Even one week is too many to perform an abortion, but I still find myself shocked that people actually believe that babies who are more than 20 weeks old should be aborted. Consider this from babycenter.com:
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — about the size of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, he’s measured from head to toe.)
He’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate
in his bowels, and you’ll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
And seriously, we have millions of people who say this is not a human? We have women protesting that they should be able to end a child’s life at this stage? Really? This is not a bunch of cells, this is a baby – a real, live baby. How is that not obvious to everyone?
Right now, any progress is something to cheer even though there are still millions of lives ended
across the country. But, I am proud to be in Texas and also proud that the stumbling Governor Perry who could not remember the third agency he would end during that most embarrassing of debates kept focus on this one.
This post was reposted from AmericaisConservative.org.