Â Itâ€™s nothing short of â€œheroicâ€ â€” thatâ€™s what Texas Gov. Rick Perry said of the state Legislatureâ€™s tireless efforts to protect life.
The Senate on Friday passed H2, which bans abortions after 20 weeks, when preborn babies begin to feel pain. Approved by the House on July 10, the bill is on its way to the governor for his signature.
The legislation also requires abortionists to have admitting privileges no farther than 30 miles away. Abortionists must also be qualified to treat life-threatening complications.
â€œThis legislature builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect womenâ€™s health,â€ Perry said. â€œI am proud of our lawmakers and citizens who tirelessly defended our smaller and most vulnerable Texans and future Texans.â€
State lawmakers did not let the pro-abortion protests outside the Austin Capitol silence their votes for life. Earlier this month, abortion activists chanted â€œHail Satinâ€ as pro-lifers peacefully sang â€œAmazing Grace.â€
And last month, Sen. Wendy Davis tried to block similar legislation with a filibuster. She was stopped after her discussion went off-topic. Then, more than 400 abortion activists createdÂ such a disturbance that lawmakers were not able to vote before the midnight deadline.
â€œWhat we are seeing in Texas is that the abortion lobby is out of touch with the American people who are asking their state legislators to do something about an unregulated, unmonitored, and unaccountable abortion industry,â€ said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life.
Similar legislation is gaining momentum at the federal level. Republican Rep. Trent Franks, Ariz., introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to Congress in May. The U.S. House of Representatives approved it in June. If passed by the Senate and signed by the president, the bill would prohibit abortions nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Most Americans oppose abortion â€” especially late-term abortion.
A Gallup poll released in May shows that 58 percent of adults believe abortion should be illegal in most circumstances. A January poll shows that 64 percent oppose second trimester abortions â€” at 13 to 27 weeks of pregnancy; and 80 percent oppose abortions in the third trimester â€” at 28 weeks or more of pregnancy.
â€œFor too long, the abortion lobby has bullied the country through the courts, but a desire for common-sense regulation of abortion is being heard across the country,â€ Yoest said. â€œTexans asked for greater protections for women and girls, and their legislators responded.â€