Governor props Texas as lead in ‘defending’ against abortion
Facing thousands of anti-abortion supporters in front of the State Capitol, Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday spe about how, 21 years ago, he held a tiny baby in his arms and marveled at the new life.
“The mother decided against a abortion, giving the baby a chance at life,” Abbott told the hushed crowd at the Texas Rally for Life.
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The child is now on the dean’s list in college – and is his daughter, Audrey, Abbott explained.
“It’s been 45 years since Roe v. Wade, and since then, Texas has become the national leader in defending life,” Abbott said, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. “As governor, I will fight for every child to have a chance at life.”
In a GOP-controlled state that has some of the strongest anti-abortion laws – 10 of which were enacted last year, including a ban on dismemberment abortions and the sale of fetal tissue to a requirement that fetal remains be given a proper burial and a continued cutoff of Planned Parenthood funding from the state – Abbott and other speakers drew loud applause from the crowd when they talked about a goal of eventually outlawing all abortions in Texas.