Perry Calls For More Legislation Restricting Abortions

Governor Rick Perry has announced his support for legislation to ban abortions past 20 weeks. Speaking at a pro-life counseling center in Houston, Perry also outlined measures to raise standards for abortion clinics.

Governor Rick Perry has never made a secret of his ultimate goal.

“My goal and the goal of many of those joining me here today is to make abortion at any stage a thing of the past.”

After signing legislation requiring physicians to provide sonograms to women seeking abortions during the last legislative session, Perry has now announced his support for the Preborn Pain Act.

The proposed bill is championed by Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, and bans abortions after 20 weeks after conception.

Texas Right to Life Director Elizabeth Graham says that is the threshold of when fetuses can feel pain.

“We’re very excited that preborn children who can feel pain will be spared from the barbaric and gruesome procedure next session in 2013.”

Perry also called for measures to further regulate abortion providers. Under those measures, physicians who perform abortions would be required to have admitting privileges at a hospital, and abortion clinics would have to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers.

“From my perspective this is about common sense, as any patient should have the expectation that facilities being used are up to standards, and that if there is an emergency situation, they can receive the care that they need.”

Perry was also joined by state Senator-elect Donna Campbell, who expressed her support for the proposed bill.



Florian Martin

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