Plan to Attend the Annual Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, October 5
We are very excited that Governor Greg Abbott will be our special guest year at our Annual Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at the Hilton Austin. We will present to him our prestigious “Courageous Defense of Life” award.
For more information and to reserve a table to tickets, go here.
Long a defender of the unborn, Governor Abbott has led the fight for Texas and the nation in protecting innocent life, improving health and safety standards for women, and promoting adoption as a loving alternative to ending life.
As a member of the Texas Supreme Court, he defended a strong interpretation of the state law that requires abortion doctors to notify parents before performing abortions on their children. As the Attorney General of Texas, he successfully defended numerous state laws and policies against court challenges, including the sonogram law, defunding Planned Parenthood, and increased safety standards at abortion facilities.
In 2015, Governor Abbott presided over a sensational legislative session with the passage of five major pro-life bills, continued defunding of Planned Parenthood, and increased funding for compassionate alternatives to abortion.
For the upcoming legislative session, Governor Abbott is promoting his LIFE Initiative, a serious of bills to promote culture of life including a ban on partial-birth abortion and the selling of baby body parts at abortion facilities.
Our keynote speaker will be David Bereit, the National Director of 40 Days for Life. His pro-life work has been featured in the media hundreds of times, including coverage on Fox News, HBO, ABC, NBC and CBS television stations, numerous radio programs, and in over 100 newspapers across the country including USA Today, the Washington Post, and the LA Times.
Abortion Victims: Human Commodities in Texas
Just over a year ago the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) began to release a series of undercover videos chronicling Planned Parenthood’s alarming practice of selling body parts of aborted victims — livers, kidneys, eyeballs, brains, and more — for research. Not only are members of the public shocked by what we saw, so are pro-life state political leaders. They have begun to respond, and this article gives a summary of what has been done and what we can expect.
The goal is to eliminate selling, research on the tissues and organs, and inhumane disposition of the bodies of aborted babies. But is this possible? And if so, to what extent?
The United States Supreme Court has severely tied the hands of the Texas Legislature. First, Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) prevent states from banning abortions before viability, the point at which the abortion doctor judges a child can continue to live outside the womb. Second, in the recent Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision, the Court even prohibits Texas from implementing two key safety components of HB 2. The Court, quoting Casey, dismissed the regulations as “[un]necessary health regulations that have the purpose or effect of presenting a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion or impose an undue burden on that right.”
Given these severe limitations, can Texas protect any of the human dignity of the unborn babies who are aborted? Texas Alliance for Life thinks so. Fortunately, we are not alone, and a great deal of activity is underway to address this injustice — both in preparation for the next state legislative session beginning in January 2017 — all of which Texas Alliance for Life strongly supports.