A message from Matt Hanafin who is in Texas for the National Right to Life Convention. Interesting times!
I’m down here at the National Right to Life Convention in Dallas, Texas, and it couldn’t be a more exciting time to be down here. I flew down on Tuesday to represent Massachusetts Citizens For Life at the National Right to Life Board meeting, and the timing was perfect for a political junkie like myself. For those who don’t follow pro-life politics on the national level, let me tell you a bit of what has been going on down here.
On Tuesday, a special session was called by Governor Rick Perry for the Texas state legislators to pass an omnibus pro-life bill that would drastically reduce the number of abortion clinics by regulating them like any other medical facility. The bill would also ban abortions at 20 weeks – when science has proven the unborn baby can feel pain – ergo, reducing the number of abortions. What transpired at the Texas State House looked like a documentary straight out of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
State Senator Wendy Davis spent 13 hours attempting to filibuster the pro-life bill. In other words, she spent 13 hours without food, water, a bathroom break, or even sitting down, advocating for a radical, pro-abortion agenda to prevent common sense regulations for abortion clinics from being enforced that would stop butchers like Kermit Gosnell from killing newborns and women. She attempted to talk until the midnight deadline was reached, which would kill the pro-life bill. The pro-aborts were hailing Davis as a hero for her attempt to make radical history. Young pro-lifers like myself took to social media to help set the record straight, and attempted to educate people on the truth about the pro-life bill and the realities of abortion.
Luckily, her filibuster was defeated around 10:30 PM after she received three infractions, but the pro-aborts didn’t let that stop them. Pro-abortion Democrats called for countless parliamentary inquiries, or questions, in an attempt to run out the clock.
When the vote seemed like it would take place with only ten minutes until midnight, the orange-dressed, pro-abortion lobby, accompanied by Planned Parenthood CEO, Cecile Richards, resorted to mob-like tactics. Screaming at the top of their lungs, the legislators could not hear the roll call vote taking place, and were unable to maintain order. State Troopers were called in to evacuate the gallery.
A pro-life friend of mine who works for Texas Right to Life, and an eye witness to what was taking place, said that the State Police escorted her, and other pro-life individuals all dressed in blue, out of the building because the troopers were afraid for their safety. From her account, one protester punched a trooper in the face, and dozens were arrested for riot-like behavior.
A vote was taken, and the Senate television channel said that the bill passed. Pro-Lifers went to bed overjoyed at the great news. Many of us were awake until 2 AM congratulating the Texas pro-life legislators and activists who worked on the bill. It was later discovered around 3 AM that the vote, which was disrupted by the mob, took place at 12:03 AM – three minutes past the deadline. We woke up the next morning to hear the disappointing news.
The fight was not over. Pro-lifers in Texas, including myself, called Governor Perry’s office to ask him to call for a second special session to pass the pro-life bill.
Governor Perry attended the National Right to Life Convention yesterday morning. To our excitement, he announced he was demanding a second session, and this time, he would not allow the pro-aborts to make a mockery of the democratic process in what he called a “hijacking” by a mob. He also said that we face continued challenges, but the louder they scream, the closer we know we are to that day when we see abortion as nothing more than a disgraceful footnote in the history books.
His comments received a lot of media attention, and I, along with other pro-lifers picked by National Right to Life, was interviewed by FOX 4 to express my views on what transpired.
It goes to show the disgraceful methods the pro-aborts will attempt in order to advance their cause, even if it completely disrespects the democratic process. In fact, we have learned a lot from what the pro-aborts exhibited in Texas this week. We have learned how not to act when in a formal setting like the State House. We’ve learned that the pro-aborts will resort to anything to advance their cause. We have learned that trying to save the lives of the unborn is a battle that will be extremely difficult, and we must educate ourselves on parliamentary procedures to control the debates, win elections, and teach the public about pro-life legislation. More importantly, we have learned that even though this battle is tough, WE are winning!
What an exciting week to be in Texas! I will have the pleasure of meeting with Senator Ted Cruz tomorrow, and will be sure to keep the updates coming.
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