Hundreds Gather in Support of Texas Bill to Abolish Abortion in State

AUSTIN, Texas — Hundreds gathered at the Texas state capitol on Saturday to stand in support of a Texas bill that aims to abolish abortion in the state.

“The pro-life movement has sought to regulate murder and seek incremental victories and seek to comply with the Supreme Court when it comes to Roe v. Wade,” organizer Wes Thomas told the Statesman. “We’re coming at it a little differently … [and] seeking for the total abolition.”

As previously reported, Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, introduced the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act last month that declares that unborn children are entitled to human rights from the moment of conception, and removes current exemptions under state criminal homicide law relating to abortion.

“A living human child, from the moment of fertilization upon the fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum is entitled to the same rights, powers, and privileges as are secured or granted by the laws of this state to any other human child,” H.B. 948 reads in part.

According to a press release from Tinderholt’s office, “[t]he current protections allowing for life-saving procedures if a mother’s life is at risk due to pregnancy complications remain in place” under the proposed legislation.

“When you read and see how abortions are performed, and how they end the life of an innocent child, it amazes me that we allow that,” Tinderholt, a Roman Catholic, told the Star-Telegram.

“When we look back over history and we see … the cultures that took the lives of children, people are appalled by that,” he noted. “People are going to do that with America, too, and look back one day and say they can’t believe we allowed this.”

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He said that the bill is in response to language in the Texas Republican Party platform, which was passed in May, calling for the complete abolition of abortion in the state.

“We call upon the Texas legislature to enact legislation stopping the murder of unborn children; and to ignore and refuse to enforce any and all federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, and court rulings, which would deprive an unborn child of the right to life,” the platform text reads.

Hundreds gathered outside the state capitol building on Saturday to voice support for ending abortion, holding signs such as “We the people demand abolition,” “50,000 babies murdered every year in Texas in accordance with pro-life laws” and “Stop regulating murder; H.B. 948.”

A number of speakers also addressed the crowds, and some chanted “Equal protection. Equal justice. We the people demand abolition.”

Attendee Danielle Borgia told reporters that she drove from Fort Myers, Florida to participate.

“3,000 kids are dying every day [in America],” she noted. “It’s the least we can do is to show up somewhere.”

Joe Goodson, president of Concern Christian Citizens, helped organize a group to attend from the Temple area.

“No more incremental steps are sufficient to do it (abortion) justice. We have to say abolish now just like they did with slavery,” he said. “In our Declaration [of Independence] it states that all men are created equal. We corrected slavery based on that truth. We corrected civil rights on that truth. Now we need to correct abortion, which is the murder of preborn babies, based on that truth.”

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Texas Christians alive, doing what is right!

    • RWH

      It is highly improbable that the law will be passed. Everyone knows that it will be struck down almost immediately by the courts.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Baby-killers are not Christian. You must repent of your support of abortion murder.

        • RWH

          My reply has absolutely nothing to do with my personal beliefs. A state cannot make a law that is contradictory to Federal law. Whether you like it or not, a woman’s right to makes her own personal choices (in this case abortion) is the law of the land. A state cannot override this, and the legislators in Texas know that. You can sit on your lofty perch and pronounce damnation on me and on others, but it does not change the law. It just makes you look like a busybody who likes to scream at people. I’m certainly not going to lose any sleep over your disapproval of people you don’t even know. Your type likes to drive people away from church by telling them that God doesn’t love them. . . or worse still . . . that God really loves the ugly, judgmental people who spread gossip and lies about others, and that to be a good Christian, we should be just like them.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are judging others right here. Killers will kill, but you should mourn over the life of the children instead of attacking the Christians. You were once a fetus, too. No true Christian supports abortion murder. You need to read your Bible, seriously.

          • RWH

            No, I am not judging others. I’m judging people like you who poison churches and discourage believers instead of helping them grow. They become a stumbling block to others. I have not given you my opinion on abortion, but I have given you what the law states and how things work in the United States. However, on the most minimal facts, you obviously use your spiritual superiority to know the heart of a person thousands of miles away from you.

            Your type always feels spiritually superior by accusing others of terrible things. Even pastors are afraid of this type because they wreck ministries and pastoral careers. I have seen your type many times in my life, and people tend to flee from them.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You must stop supporting of homosexual immorality and abortion murder. Period.

          • RWH

            Grace, you don’t have a clue as to what I support or what I don’t support. I haven’t made any of my opinions clear on this discussion list or any other. However, I know your type. You like to judge people, and you refuse to give people the benefit of the doubt. I know of pastor’s kids who have dropped out of church and want nothing to do with God because they have seen their parents and other good people beaten down by people like you. I know your type. They’re control freaks, and when people cross them, they go on a campaign to destroy their anyone who stand up to them. And they don’t care what collateral damage they leave in their path. So, go on railing against people, and go on accusing them of murder and whatever else crosses your mind. We know your pathology, and knowledge is power.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You support abortion and homosexuality, and it’s wrong and Anti-chritian. Stop pretending.

          • RWH

            May God rebuke you for your hard-heartless behavior and cruelty to others.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            God does not hear you because you are not Christian and support the evil. Read His Word to know Him.

          • RWH

            Grace, just keep on railing on and on. You have no power over me, and you have no power over my relationship with Christ. Scripture has a lot to say about those who become a stumbling block to others. The Apostle Paul told us to mark people like you and to avoid them. I will end this conversation with you because Scripture also tells us not to throw our pearls at the feet of swine. They will not accept what you say and will attempt to trample over you. And that is precisely what you are doing. So, go stew in your own juices, friendless and alone because you can’t get along with others.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You can’t claim to believe in Jesus and also support homosexuality and abortion. Such support denies the existence of sin and is Non-christianity. You must read the Word of God and believe it as it is to become a Christian. You must also stop personal attacks; it is cowardice.

          • Coffeyhouse5

            Abortion is not federal law. courts do not make law. Further, any state that allows marijuana for any reason (medicinal or otherwise), is flagrantly violating federal law.

          • RWH

            Well, the Supreme Court Decision will invalidate anything that Texas tries to propose. We all know that once a law is passed, if it should make it so far, the court will file an injunction immediately. I can’t speak to marijuana because I haven’t been following the issue to very closely. However, in my state, medical marijuana is now permissible, and facilities are being set up where this is grown. As far as I know, no courts have tried to block this. If they felt they should, they would have done so by now.