March 05, 2021

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Texas Alliance for Life Commends the Republican Party of Texas for Making the Human Life Protection Act a Legislative Priority

March 5, 2021

Amy O’Donnell

AUSTIN, TX — Texas Alliance for Life commends the Republican Party of Texas for making the passage of the Human Life Protection Act, SB 391 and HB 1280, a priority for the 87th Texas Legislature under its “Abolish Abortion” priority. The RPT’s Legislative Priorities Committee, chaired by State Republican Executive Committeewoman Jill Glover (Senate District 12), announced it here.

Last week pro-life Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced his top 31 priorities for the 87th legislative session. His priorities also include “Senate Bill 9 — Abortion Ban Trigger,” also known as the Human Life Protection Act.

The Human Life Protection Act, authored by State Sen. Angela Paxton (R-McKinney), was originally numbered SB 391 and has been refiled as SB 9. It has been filed in the Texas House of Representatives as HB 1280 by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Keller).

The Human Life Protection Act is a complete ban on abortion, beginning at fertilization, that will go into effect (triggered) when and to the extent the Supreme Court reverses or modifies Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

“We are grateful that key Republican leaders and the Republican Party of Texas are working to pass the strongest possible bill to completely protect unborn babies from abortion beginning at fertilization as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Joe Pojman, Texas Alliance for Life’s Executive Director.

“When the Supreme Court changes its terrible precedent and allows states to protect unborn babies before viability, Texas needs to be ready with a new law to abolish abortion,” Pojman added.

In the House, pro-life Speaker Dade Phelan has referred HB 1280 to the House Public Health Committee, which has a majority of pro-life Republicans, including Reps. Stephanie Klick (91-Fort Worth), Steve Allison (121-San Antonio), Jacey Jetton (26, Sugar Land), Tom Oliverson (130, Houston), Four Price (87, Amarillo), and Reggie Smith (62, Sherman).

In the Senate, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has referred SB 9 to the Senate State Affairs Committee, which has also has a majority of pro-life Republicans, including Sens. Bryan Hughes (1-Mineola), Brian Birdwell (22, Granbury), Donna Campbell (25, New Braunfels), Bob Hall (2, Edgewood), Jane Nelson (12, Grapevine), and Charles Schwertner (5, Georgetown).

Ten states have passed essentially the same law: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah.

Here is more information on the Human Life Protection Act.

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