Texans Are Sojourners for Life

Wednesday I applauded the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for ruling in favor of several health and safety provisions in Texas legislation, House Bill 2, which ensures that abortion clinics meet the safety standards of state Ambulatory Surgical Centers and requires that abortionists qualify for admitting privileges at a local hospital. House Bill 2 also bans abortions after 20 weeks.

This week Texas has once again led the way in affirming the dignity of women and the unborn. I applaud the Fifth Circuit for ruling in favor of applying commonsense safety standards to mothers’ health. We should never endanger a mother or child unnecessarily, and the Texas legislation that the Fifth Circuit has upheld makes great strides in protecting the most vulnerable among us.

This is a victory for life, the most fundamental right. Without it, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not within our grasp. The people of Texas have sojourned to defend this precious gift, and millions of Americans are doing the same. The House has passed legislation to protect life after 20 weeks, the point at which an unborn child can feel pain; and I urge the Senate to immediately bring this legislation to the floor.


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