* * * ALERT 8/21/2022 * * *
The Texas Human Life Protection Act Goes into Effect on Thursday:
Thank Pro-Life Governor Greg Abbott for His Support
On Thursday, August 25, the Human Life Protection Act, HB 1280, will go into effect, and unborn babies will be completely protected from abortion throughout Texas.
Please thank pro-life Governor Greg Abbott for supporting this momentous law!
See the sample message below.
SAMPLE MESSAGE – please use your own words:
PHONE — 512.463.1782 (Citizen’s Hotline; leave a message after business hours)
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“Hello, my name is (name). I live at (address). I wish to thank Governor Abbott for supporting the Human Life Protection Act, HB 1280, to completely protect unborn babies from abortion in our state. Unborn babies and their mothers deserve protection from the tragedy of abortion, which this pro-life law provides.”
On Friday, June 24, the United States Supreme Court completely overturned Roe v. Wade and allowed state legislatures to ban abortion as they did before Roe. Texas is well prepared for this moment in history. In preparation for this moment, the Texas Legislature passed, and pro-life Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 1280, the Human Life Protection Act, in 2021. Authored by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) and Sen. Angela Paxton (R-McKinney), HB 1280 completely protects unborn babies from the tragedy of abortion beginning at conception.
Violators can be sentenced to 99 years in prison. Also, they can be fined $100,000 and lose their medical license. HB 1280 does not allow prosecution for the treatment of a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, and women cannot be charged. The law will go into effect on August 25.
The Human Life Protection Act is the last stake in the heart of the abortion industry in Texas. The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute reports that all 23 abortion facilities in Texas have ceased performing abortions. This law was among the top priorities of Texas Alliance for Life last year.
HB 1280 updates and improves upon the pre-Roe abortion laws (first passed in 1854) that the Supreme Court blocked in the terrible Roe v. Wade decision.
Additionally, Governor Abbott approved an appropriation of $100 million for the current two-year budget for the highly successful Alternatives to Abortion program. Support is available for at least three years after birth from nearly 200 pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies across the state, serving 150,000 clients each year, far more than the 55,000 abortions in Texas in 2020. Governor Abbott also approved $1.2 billion/year in the Medicaid Program for prenatal, childbirth, and follow-up care for low-income women and their babies.
Here is a summary of how Texas achieved these successes and what will come next.