TEMPLE, Texas — The Republican governor of Texas called a 16-year-old boy with osteoblastic osteosarcoma on Sunday whose dying wish was to urge the governor to pass a bill abolishing abortion in the state.
Jeremiah Thomas was diagnosed with the aggressive bone cancer in March and has been to hospitals in Mexico, California, and Texas in an effort to save his life. The high school athlete has been paralyzed by two tumors growing on his spine, and also has a large ulcerated tumor protruding from his chest.
Doctors performed surgery to help Thomas to walk again, but the cancer quickly grew back, and efforts to shrink the tumor on his chest have not yet been successful.
Thomas was initially told that he has a 10 percent chance of survival, and unless the Lord chooses otherwise, doctors now estimate that he has weeks to live. Being that his case is considered terminal, Thomas was advised that he could make a legacy wish—something that he could be remembered by in the years to come.
The teen, who has been active in outreach outside of the nation’s abortion facilities alongside his family, pondered the concept of a legacy wish and decided that he wanted to urge Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to criminalize the murder of the unborn in the state.
“If I can leave a legacy behind of ending abortion in Texas, that is something that I would love to be remembered by—being able to save so many lives and spare so many women so much heartache,” Thomas explained to Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate and pastor Dan Fisher last week.
“60 million babies have been murdered since 1973. One-third of our generation has already been wiped out,” he lamented.
On Sunday, Thomas received a phone call while lying in his hospital bed at McLane Children’s Hospital. It was Gov. Abbott.
“For my wish, I wanted to talk to you and discuss a bill of abolition,” Thomas told the governor, advising that the majority of Texans support outlawing abortion, according to a recent poll. “[W]e want you to treat abortion like an act of murder that should be punished by law.”
“I know that it must be difficult standing against a whole federal beast that forces abortion on us, but I think that we … could end abortion here and now,” he said.
Abbott noted that the Texas Republican party platform expresses a desire to abolish abortion, and that lawmakers plan on putting forward a bill that would make abortion illegal in the state.
“Your wish is on the Republican party platform and it’s what we’re going to be pursuing this next legislative session—that’s to outlaw abortion altogether in the state of Texas,” he told Thomas, the recording of which has been posted to social media. “And so, your wish has been granted.”
Thomas’ face lit up.
As previously reported, in 2016, the Texas GOP approved language for the party platform that calls upon lawmakers to end 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,” it reads.
Abbott, who formerly served as an associate justice for the Supreme Court of Texas, as well as the state attorney general, identifies as pro-life. He has expressed support throughout his tenure for various bills put forward by Republican lawmakers, which to this point have taken an incrementalist approach, regulating but not abolishing abortion.
“Protecting Texans means protecting the most vulnerable—the unborn. I welcome any legislation that protects unborn children and promotes a culture of life in Texas,” he said in a state of the state address in 2017.
A request has been put forward to pray for Gov. Abbott, that he would uphold his word and truly end abortion in Texas as Thomas has requested.
Thomas told Fisher last week that he would also encourage Christians to take a stand for life outside of their local abortion facility.
“If Jesus was here, He would be there—be out there laying down His life and protecting life,” Thomas said. “So I urge you, Christian, to go and fight the battle.”