Below is an update regarding the advancement of monumental pro-life legislation during the Second Special Session of the Texas Legislature.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED...
Update from the Texas Catholic Conference:
At midnight on July 2, the House State Affairs Committee voted out House Bill 2 – the Pro-life Omnibus Bill – to be considered by the full House of Representatives as early as Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The celebration was shared by the thousands of pro-life supporters who came to the Capitol Monday and Tuesday to have their voices heard.
For the hearing Tuesday, we had an amazing 2,400 pro-lifers show up to testify, twice the 1,200 that showed up Monday to counter-protest Planned Parenthood and NARAL. The Capitol was awash in a sea of pro-life blue and the switchboards and inboxes were flooded with your calls and email messages.
Monday, July 8: 1) The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 1 (identical to omnibus pro-life bill HB 2) at 10 a.m. in Room E1.036. Registration (paper only) to indicate support for SB 1 or to testify opens at 9 a.m. You may also register to request to give oral testimony – limited to 2 minutes – and/or submit written testimony (must bring 20 copies). Doors to the Capitol will open at 7 a.m., and the lines will be long. There will be ample overflow rooms set up in the Capitol to sit and watch the hearing comfortably.
2) Pro-Life Rallyon the South Steps of the Capitol at7 p.m. Monday night, sponsored by Concerned Women for America and featuring national speakers including Mike Huckabee, Penny Nance and Michelle Duggar.
Tuesday, July 9: Prayer Gatheringsponsored by the Texas Catholic Conferenceon the South Steps of the Capitol at9 a.m. with Senator Eddie Lucio and Representative Bill Callegari before the House and Senate convene, followed by procession to the House gallery to pray and support as the House takes up floor debate and possibly votes on House Bill 2. We do not know the timing of the House vote, Senate floor debate, or Senate vote, but will update as soon as we learn.
We need a lot of Pro-Life Blue on both Monday and Tuesday!!
Note: As these are long days at the Capitol, we encourage you to bring a light backpack with water bottles and snacks (and don't forget your cell phone chargers). Also, as we have witnessed the last few days, the spiritual warfare over this bill is very intense. Some of the abortion supporters have shouted vulgarities, we have seen posters with obscene language, and there have even been some pagan rituals performed in the Capitol (yes, sadly, I am serious). Parents, please be aware that your children may be exposed to this ugliness if you bring them.
HOW TO GET TO AUSTIN...
**Please email us at to let us know if you are interested in riding a bus to Austin from Dallas:
1) Monday only – depart Dallas at 5 a.m. and return after the evening rally (leaving Austin at 8 or 9 p.m.)*
2) Tuesday only – depart Dallas at 5:30 a.m. for Prayer Gathering on South Steps and support in House gallery, leaving Austin at 7 p.m. to return to Dallas (House could still be in session without votes taken)
Departure location and cost of the bus ride will be provided to those express interest.
*Note: Those riding Monday morning bus may choose to stay overnight in Austin and return on Tuesday bus if there is room, depending on response.
SUPPORT FROM HOME...
Pray! Pray for all who are traveling to Austin, for all who will be testifying on behalf of life, for our legislators, and for everyone involved – on both sides. Pray for the protection of all, and for the conversion of hearts of those who support abortion.
Make Contact! Call or email your state representative and state senator to urge his or her support of the renewed efforts to pass pro-life legislation in the second session. (Find your state representatives here.)
Watch for our additional updates as the Special Session continues.
Thank you for your critical support of these historic legislative efforts to protect women and save lives in Texas!