Report from LifeNews: After a long and confusing night filled with a filibuster and a pro-abortion mob that made it difficult for lawmakers to debate and vote, the Texas state Senate appeared to pass [omnibus pro-life bill SB 5] 19-10. Later, lawmakers came back and said the vote had not officially been taken before the midnight deadline for the special session.
As a result, the bill is dead, but political observers expect Texas Gov. Rick Perry to call the legislature into another special session, where legislators will almost certainly pass the bill anew. Continue reading
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Call Governor Perry's office today and ask him to call a second special session to reconsider pro-life legislation to protect women and unborn children in Texas: (512) 463-1782 or (512) 463-2000
Statement from CPLC Executive Director Karen Garnett:
Fellow citizens, we can’t let the 2013 legislative session end by being “bullied” out of the legitimate legislative process. Knowing pro-life legislation was on the verge of being passed as the session's midnight deadline approached, the protesters in the Senate gallery resorted to screaming and shouting with the sole purpose of preventing the vote from being taken by running out the clock. (Watch live coverage here.) This is not democracy. This is illegitimate, unconscionable and cannot prevail. What kind of message does this send? It’s OK to be bullied out of the democratic process?
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, who was at the Capitol, claims the minority of Texas Senators who were opposing the bill successfully thwarted its passage. This is patently false. They came close, very close, to achieving a successful filibuster to kill the bill – through legitimate legislative process – and had they prevailed, that would have been a most grievous loss. But that is not what happened. This was stolen by protesters' unruly obstruction of the process. We must not let this prevail. We have one last and final chance in 2013 for justice to be served – and that is by asking Governor Perry to call for a second special session.
Please call the Governor today: (512) 463-1782 or (512) 463-2000.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galations 6:9