A Tex Book Case of Activism
By Tony Perkins
When it rains in Texas, it pours. While Houston beats back its own mayor’s attacks, the entire state is trying to fend off the courts’ meddling on local abortion law. On the emotional roller coaster known as H.B. 2, the U.S. Supreme Court threw another wrench into the works, blocking the pro-life law from taking effect — just weeks after the Fifth Circuit Court upheld it.
For Texans, it’s another obstacle to their constitutionally protected right to self-governance — the principle it exercised when it raised health standards on local abortion clinics. While the Left talks about protecting women, Texas actually did it — enacting a sweeping measure that puts women’s safety ahead of the clinics’ bottom lines. Had the law gone into effect, all but seven abortion clinics were expected to close for failing to abide by these common sense standards. Now, those plans are on hold, as the justices stick their nose in the state’s consensus to bring the local abortion industry in line with other medical centers in terms of licenses and facilities upgrades.
As states like Texas try to save lives, the federal government is still doing all it can to jeopardize them by subsidizing abortion under ObamaCare. Yesterday, FRC Action’s Josh Duggar rallied with Lila Rose at D.C.’s Planned Parenthood headquarters, protesting its growing role in American culture — financed by unwilling taxpayers. Last month’s GAO reports made a liar out of the Obama administration, which insisted that its signature health care law wouldn’t bankroll abortion-on-demand.
Not only is it bankrolling the procedure, it’s almost impossible to find a plan that doesn’t. A whopping 1,036 insurance policies force taxpayers into the abortion industry — 1,036 more than the President promised ObamaCare would back in 2010. “With seven in 10 Americans saying they don’t want taxpayer funds to go to pay for abortions, people should cast their votes ‘to take back the Senate for life,'” pro-lifers said.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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