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Governor Abbott Delivers the Keynote Address at the 2018 Texas Rally for Life
More than 5,000 people attended the annual Texas Rally for Life at the Capitol in Austin to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 to legalize abortion in Texas and across the nation throughout all nine months of pregnancy.
Governor Greg Abbott served as the keynote speaker at the event. He praised recent legislative accomplishments that further protect life, and he thanked pro-life leaders for their work in promoting and creating a culture of life in Texas. “It’s been 45 years since Roe v. Wade, and since then Texas has become the national leader in defending life,” he said. “As Governor I will fight for every child to have a chance at life. I thank our legislative leaders who work to pass laws that protect life, and so many Texans who continue to give a voice to the voiceless and fortify the culture of life in this state.”
Governor Abbott has advocated for and signed many laws to further protect life. In the most recent legislative session, the Governor signed 10 pro-life bills into law. Those include SB 8 to ban partial-birth abortion and end the practice of selling baby body parts for profit. He also signed a budget to continue the policy of defunding Planned Parenthood and to renew funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program at double the funding level.
Also speaking were State Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) and Representative Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale), the author and sponsor of SB 8.
Sarah Zarr of Students for Life of America appealed to the many youth in the crowd.
TAL’s executive director Dr. Joe Pojman also addressed the crowd. His speech is available here.
February Is Black History Month — Do Black Lives Matter in the Womb?
Corey Tabor, pastor of Full Life Community Church near Austin, chaplain of the Republican Party of Texas, and board member of Texas Alliance for Life writes this though-provoking article about the value of unborn children in America called “Black Lives Matter in the Womb.”
Nearly four years ago my daughter Anaia Naomi Tabor was born. But I knew long before her birthday, the power of her life. We saw the first sonogram at 6 weeks and we saw her forming body shaped in the most intricate way.
I knew the power of her life because, less than three years prior to her birth, we lost our first child to a miscarriage. Both were alive from the moment the seed penetrated the egg becoming a zygote that became an embryo, that became a fetus but only one made it outside of my wife’s womb. Yet both were alive. Why because . . .