Texas Executions

Tommy Lynn Sells was executed on Thursday, April 3 and Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas was executed on Wednesday, April 9 in Huntsville, Texas. The fact that these two executions made national headlines caught my attention. Judge Vanessa Diane Gilmore, a US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas and an appointee of former president Bill Clinton had earlier halted their executions on grounds that not enough details about the drug, pentobarbital, were available to the plaintiffs. In reading one of the legal documents, the 8th Amendment cites ‘cruel and unusual punishment’. The condemned prisoner must show ‘that the risk is substantial when compared to the known and available alternatives’.

The legal documents state:
The information both inmates seek, as the Sells panel described it, is the source of the pentobarbital, documentation reflecting the purchase of the drug, the timing and means of storage of the drug, the date of manufacture/mixing of the drug, any lot numbers which may exist, the raw ingredients used to make the drug and the source of same, the testing that was conducted on the drug and the results of that testing, and the laboratory and names of its personnel which conducted the testing.

I remember one of my first questions about ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ what about the victim? Sells was convicted of 13 slayings, including the death of 9-year-old Mary Bea Perez who was celebrating Fiesta in downtown San Antonio with her family in April of 1999. Sells managed to abduct her and days later her decomposed body was found in Alazan Creek. Sells claims he killed 50 or more people and was able to get away with so many murders because he was a ‘drifter’. A convicted murderer, Ramiro Hernandez Llanas had escaped from a Mexican prison and found refuge working at a ranch in Kerrville, Texas. He murdered his employer, Glen H. Lich and then proceeded to terrorize and rape Lich’s wife repeatedly. It is interesting that their lawyers and Judge Gilmore felt it necessary to grant them some clemency knowing it would fail. The injunction to stop their executions was reversed by the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Texas is known for its Death Penalty and leads the nation with 514 executions since 1976. To date, in Texas there have been 6 executions in 2014. Contrast this with the number of abortions in Texas during 2011, which was 73,200. These numbers should put the fear of God in all of us. All life is sacred but shouldn’t the innocent get a reprieve before the guilty? This court injunction to halt the executions by an activist liberal judge shows how progressives care more about the pain and suffering of an adult convicted serial killer and murderer than the life and pain and suffering of an innocent unborn or the mother.

Shouldn’t the women who intend to abort have the right to know what the consequences are in having a Medical Abortion? The information found in the Right to Life website stating that the Abortion Pill RU486 is ‘not safe or easy’ contradicts the Planned Parenthood website which states the Abortion Pill is ‘safe and easy’. Shouldn’t Planned Parenthood also list RU486 as being able to take only in the first 7 weeks of pregnancy?

There is now scientific proof that an unborn can indeed experience pain. So when the abortionists cry out and refuse to bring HR1797 the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to a senate vote shouldn’t we protest louder? It’s time we halt the Texas Executions of our unborn.

Pray, Fight, Never Give Up!

Planned Parenthood/The Abortion Pill at a Glance
Take medicines to end an early pregnancy
Safe and effective
Available from many Planned Parenthood health centers Costs about $300–$800
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Right to Life/It isn’t safe or easy.
Heavy bleeding, nausea, vomiting, and painful uterine contractions are common features of a process TIME magazine calls “A painful, messy, and protracted.”

About 2% hemorrhage and more than 1 in a 100 require hospitalization. An Iowa woman took RU486 and lost nearly ¾ of her blood and likely would have died without emergency surgery.

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act




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