“Pro-Life Is Will of Texans: 2,000+ at #STAND4LIFE Rally”
by Donna Garner
As estimated by AP, 2,000 pro-lifers attended the #STAND4LIFE Rally last night in Austin, Texas, and thousands of pro-lifers testified and registered their support for SB 1/HB 2. The energized crowd left no doubt but that Texas stands for the life of the unborn and cares about the safety of women.
Those 72,470 Texas babies who were aborted (2011) cried out from the grave last night, and the women who have been left physically and psychologically damaged through abortions offered their impassioned pleas at the Senate hearing yesterday.
One of the big differences between the pro-aborts and pro-lifers is that the pro-lifers came at their own time and expense while Planned Parenthood, which received $542 Million of our tax dollars in 2012, paid pro-aborts $1,300 to $2,000 to protest. (7.2.13 — http://cnsnews.com/news/article/craigslist-ad-recruited-paid-protesters-oppose-abortion-legislation-texas#sthash.OkPQbvAq.dpuf ).
Sen. Zaffirini (Democrat) kept emphasizing in yesterday’s Senate Committee hearing that the 36 abortion clinics are inspected once a year by Texas Department of Health Services (TDHS) but that the 400+ ambulatory surgical centers (ASC’s) are inspected only every six years by TDHS.
However, several expert witnesses clarified that ASC’s also have to undergo regular inspections by numerous federal agencies because of Medicaid/Medicare regulations. These inspections involve many more medical precautions that enhance patient safety than just those dealing with abortion-related issues. In other words, ASC’s offer a higher level of care for emergency surgical procedures and surgical complications which can occur during an abortion procedure.
Sen. Zaffirini also kept repeating that she had been given no data to prove unborn babies who are at least 20 weeks old can feel fetal pain; however, many (including myself) have sent her the following medical evidence (6.27.13 — http://educationviews.org/texas-sen-wendy-davis-murderer-in-chief/ ):
TEXAS SB 1/HB2 IN ALIGNMENT WITH MEDICAL EVIDENCE ON FETAL PAIN
Texas SB1/HB2 are directly in line with the same, ever-growing medical evidence that was brought before the U. S. House. It was this medical evidence that led the U. S. House to pass a bill on 6.18.13 banning late-term abortions after 20 weeks because preborn children feel pain. Texas SB 1/HB2 contain that same requirement:
Dr. Kanwaljeet S. Anand at the University of Tennessee was commissioned by the U. S. Department of Justice and has stated:
…the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks of gestation, if not earlier, and the pain perceived by a fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or older children…
Surgeons entering the womb to perform corrective procedures on unborn children have seen those babies flinch, jerk and recoil from sharp objects and incisions.
Ultrasound technology shows unborn babies at 20 weeks post-fertilization and earlier react physically to outside stimuli such as sound, light and touch. Surgeons routinely administer anesthesia to unborn children in the womb before performing lifesaving surgeries, and this has been associated with a decrease in the baby’s stress hormone levels during the medical procedure.
Specialists Steven Zielinski, Vincent J. Collins, and Thomas J. Marzen are experts on pain sensations in the unborn and have been publishing their medical evidence since the 1980’s:
The functioning neurological structures necessary to suffer pain are developed early in a child’s development in the womb. Functioning neurological structures necessary for pain sensation are in place as early as 8 weeks, but certainly by 13 1/2 weeks of gestation.
Sensory nerves, including nociceptors, reach the skin of the fetus before the 9th week of gestation. The first detectable brain activity occurs in the thalamus between the 8th and 10th weeks. The movement of electrical impulses through the neural fibers and spinal column takes place between 8 and 9 weeks gestation. By 13 1/2 weeks, the entire sensory nervous system functions as a whole in all parts of the body.
Dr. Colleen A. Malloy, Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology at Northwestern University, stated in her testimony before the U. S. House Judiciary Committee:
When we speak of infants at 22 weeks LMP [Note: this is 20 weeks post fertilization], for example, we no longer have to rely solely on inferences or ultrasound imagery, because such premature patients are kicking, moving, reacting, and developing right before our eyes in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
In today’s medical arena, we resuscitate patients at this age and are able to witness their ex-utero growth and development. Medical advancement and technology have enabled us to improve our ability to care for these infants…In fact, standard of care for neonatal intensive care units requires attention to and treatment of neonatal pain.
Thus, the difference between fetal and neonatal pain is simply the locale in which the pain occurs. The receiver’s experience of the pain is the same. I could never imagine subjecting my tiny patients to horrific procedures such as those that involve limb detachment or cardiac injection.
OTHER PROTECTIVE PROVISIONS IN TEXAS SB 1/HB2
Our Texas Legislature also added other medically protective mechanisms to SB1/HB2:
Requiring all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as ambulatory surgical centers
Requiring a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital
Requiring a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs [e.g., RU-482] to the patient
Texas legislators have good reason to pass SB 1/HB2 to make sure that safe, surgical procedures are in place for those who have abortions. According to the Houston Chronicle and LifeNews.com, investigations are presently underway at Dr. Douglas Karpen’s abortion clinics in which ex-staffers have submitted cell phone photos and statements describing, “Unlike Gosnell, who killed babies by jamming medical scissors into their necks, at his Houston abortion clinic former employees of Karpen testify he goes one shocking step further, he kills the babies wit his bare hands by twisting their necks execution style.” (5.17.13 — http://www.lifenews.com/2013/05/17/new-web-site-exposes-douglas-karpen-who-kills-babies-born-alive/ ) and (http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-doctor-accused-of-illegal-abortions-4519565.php ).
Another physician, Dr. Mayra Thompson, has spoken out in the Dallas Morning News and has described the very real dangers of abortions and the need for heightened medical care: http://educationviews.org/physician-explains-why-sb-1hb-2-will-protect-texas-women-and-unborn-babies/
Please watch these YouTube videos:
Pro-Life Rally, July 8, 2013 – Sen. Donna Campbell speaking – physician — http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=v_6cHVwKmbE#at=14
Dr. Donna Campbell (physician) shares her pro-life experiences — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-T6-8eS5FA
Excerpts from Austin American-Statesman
7.8.13 – Austin American-Statesman — http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/texas-senate-hears-abortion-testimony-as-activists/nYjT4/?icmp=statesman_internallink_textlink_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesman_launch
As sweeping abortion regulations continued to speed toward passage in the Texas Long lines began forming hours before the 10 a.m. Senate committee hearing, with 475 people registering to speak — the equivalent of 16 hours of testimony at two minutes per speaker — with all due to be heard on Senate Bill 1, provided they remained late into the night.
“I am prepared … to go as long as it takes,” said state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, chairwoman of the committee. “It is my intent to run straight through the night.”
…Huckabee, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Attorney General Greg Abbott spoke to a crowd that the Associated Press estimated at 2,000…
…Nelson rotated witnesses who were for and against the bill, placing opponents side by side at the witness table. Instead of clashes, the situation produced several quiet moments — witnesses passing tissues or water to a crying opponent — that belied the strong emotions on display.
At one point, a woman in blue — who had tearfully recounted a years-ago abortion — held the hand of an orange-clad woman who was speaking about an earlier rape that didn’t result in a pregnancy but inspired her to fight to defend abortion rights.
“This is the most beautiful thing I have seen all day long,” an emotional Nelson told the women as she reached for a tissue. “I’ve never cried at a hearing.”
To be eligible to speak, witnesses had to be in line by 11 a.m., but several thousand waited for hours merely to register a position for or against SB 1.
By 5:30 p.m., more than 2,200 had registered an opinion on the bill, with dozens more joining the line…
Nelson said her committee won’t vote on SB 1 when the hearing ends. Instead, the panel will wait for HB 2 to arrive from the House, then debate and vote on that measure without a second public hearing, she said.
That timeline could set up a final vote in the Senate as early as Friday.
…[Texas Attorney Greg] Abbott, considered a front-runner to replace Perry as governor in 2014, said at the rally Monday night that Texas “is not going to stand idly by while life is threatened…All lives matter here in this, the world of God,” Abbott said.
Excerpts from Dallas Morning News
Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, insisted he’s trying to protect the health of women seeking an abortion. He also touted it as an effort to prevent pain and suffering for unborn fetuses after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Hegar disputed arguments that most abortion clinics will go out of business if they are required to meet the same rigorous standards as ambulatory surgical centers.
“I do not believe that every abortion clinic will be forced to close,” he said. Hegar noted that the clinics would have until September 2014 to upgrade and meet the new standards.
…[Sen. Zafirini] She disputed Hegar’s assertion that the 20-week limit is justified because of studies showing that a fetus can feel physical pain at 20 weeks.
…Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, [a physician] illustrated his arguments for the bill by placing pairs of baby shoes on the committee desk. He said they represented the unheard voices of those who have been aborted in Texas.
“There are some other people that haven’t been allowed to speak, the children that would fill these shoes,” he said. Deuell described abortions in the U.S. as the “American holocaust.”
Austin physician Mikeal Love told senators that if “you can improve the safety of the individual, then you should do so. This is not an issue of restricting services, but improving safety conditions for patients.”
Love, an obstetrician-gynecologist, said that medical complications are more common with clinical abortions than with surgical abortions. Women seeking an abortion would be better protected if all clinics had to meet surgical standards, he argued.
“I do not believe there is substantial evidence that an unborn fetus at 20 weeks feels pain,” she [Sen. Zafirini] said.
Hegar noted that 34 states have an earlier cutoff for abortions than Texas currently has at 24 weeks.
He indicated he would not accept an amendment to exempt victims of rape and incest from the 20-week restriction. Hegar said such women would still have the first five months of pregnancy to legally obtain an abortion.
“I do not see that moving the law up to 20 weeks is an unfair burden on these victims,” he said.
The bill does, however, include exemptions in medical emergencies — to save the life of the woman or to terminate a fetus with severe abnormalities.