WOAI TOWN HALL on HB2 with Senator Donna Campbell
by Sonja Harris on January 17, 2014 at 2:47 PM
Before I go into detail about the Town Hall meeting that took place in San Antonio concerning abortion rights, I want to stress just how important and how divisive this subject has become in America. Even to the point that Christians want to shy away from this subject. Denying that this problem exists will not help us win any battles either for our children or for our country. The Left is relentless and will stop at absolutely nothing to advance their agenda. Conservatives tire and are easily swayed to accept an easy way out. The pro aborts are not going away; in fact, every time we win a battle their attacks become stronger. We must stand our ground and continue to move forward!
WOAI hosted a Town Hall meeting in San Antonio Texas, December 11, 2013 with a twitter hash tag #YourVoiceYourFuture. The topic was the controversial House Bill 2 that passed and was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry in July, 2013. Randy Beamer from WOAI was the emcee for the Town Hall meeting. The four panelists ready to debate HB2 consisted of Senator Donna Campbell SD25 and Amy Voorhees founder of the San Antonio Coalition for Life who defended life. Terri Burke, Executive Director of the Texas ACLU and Dr Rogelio Saenz, Dean of UTSA’s College of Public Policy debated against HB2.
The audience was filled with more pro aborts than pro life advocates. The loud outbursts from the pro aborts made it difficult at times to have a civil discussion. The questioning was torturous and most of the questions were directed at Senator Campbell. Randy Beamer’s opening comments were that Texas has the strictest abortion laws in the country and that 12 out of 42 clinics have closed because of HB2.
Terri Burke mentioned in her discussion that, “Planned Parenthood, The Center for Reproductive Rights, Whole Women’s Health, and the ACLU, had filed against this bill because we believe that this bill substitutes a politicians judgment for a doctor’s judgment.”
I have to say that Senator Campbell stood her ground and answered difficult questions with reason and knowledge. I was shocked that Dr Rogelio Saenz a professor of higher learning had absolutely no clue what Right of Conscience meant. Senator Campbell was asked to define Right of Conscience. She explained that no doctor or health care provider should be asked to do anything that is against what they believe whether it is abortion or the use of contraceptives.
It is my understanding that all candidates were invited to the Town Hall meeting but only two showed up, Daniel Boone, Democrat, running as the nominee for SD25 and Lisa Fritsch, Republican, who is running for Governor of Texas. Fritsch told the panel and the audience that, “the most dangerous place for an unborn African American was in the mother’s womb.”
Boone, on the other hand, came prepared to do battle with Senator Campbell. His question to her centered on her Christian beliefs and not HB2 requirements. His question was, “What is the rationale to justify your bill to close women’s clinics across the state that appears to have religious beliefs as a sole purpose and doesn’t this indeed violate the concept of church and state?” Senator Campbell answered calmly and firmly. She replied that the safety of the woman was the most important factor. She went on to say that we must have 21st century modern medicine to protect life. She referenced the hash tag of the Town Hall, “Your Voice Your Future and yet the unborn have no voice no future.” I thought that was a zinger of an answer.
As far as I am concerned Boone attended the Town Hall with intent to harm our SD25 Senator and came out the loser. He will not win as he has run and run and run in SD25 and has lost every time but he keeps on trying as liberals do just to muddy the water. He happens to be the husband of Robbie Boone Democrat Chairman for Comal County.
Focusing only on some of the more absurd statements from the audience was a male doctor attacking Senator Campbell for her use of ‘baby’ instead of fetus. He claimed that a Fetus was not a baby to which Amy Voorhees replied, “Fetus, in Latin, means little one, so baby and fetus is one and the same, ‘baby’.” Educator Dr Saenz chimed in by saying that, “a fetus is a scientific term and baby is a political term.” Stranger still was an outburst from a woman claiming that abortion was not a surgical procedure. Imagine that. Killing an unborn is not surgical. Ignorance was prevalent among the pro aborts.
I was glad to hear Voorhees mention that the emotional health of women is very important and that women should be told what happens after abortion. She continued by saying that women should be given all the facts about abortion and they should know the choices they have, life, adoption, contraception and abortion.
Burke was grounded in Roe v Wade and kept regurgitating that it was the ‘law of the land’. She never even blinked when asked about the unborn baby in the mother’s womb, Roe v Wade is her crutch. It was extremely interesting to hear Burke state that Planned Parenthood doesn’t profit from abortions.
A young woman by the name of Lindsay Rodriguez introduced herself as being from the Lilith Fund an organization that helps low income women pay for their abortions. The term abortion is not used but ‘procedure’ is. Certainly these poor lost souls are not given a choice but to abort their unborn baby. It is obvious that we have much work in educating young women about the life choices available to them.
Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit challenging HB2’s Medical abortion regulations and doctors admitting privileges to hospitals. 5th Circuit Court three judge panel consisting of Judges Priscilla Owen, Jennifer Elrod, and Catharina Haynes let HB2 stand stating that doctors must be required to have admitting privileges to hospitals. Supposedly Killeen, Harlingen, McAllen, Ft Worth, Stafford, Lubbock, Midland and Waco have no abortion providers due to HB2. There will probably be more clinics closing in Corpus Christi, Austin, Houston, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio. Planned Parenthood is expected to appeal to the Supreme Court. But as we all know the Supreme Court has the distinct privilege of being able not to hear a case.
"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government." - Thomas Jefferson
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