Pro-Life Legislators take another Stand for Life; sign brief to Fifth Circuit Court

Pro-Life Legislators take another Stand for Life; sign brief to Fifth Circuit Court



Yesterday, in a filing with the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas Right to Life joined Texas Eagle Forum, our Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, forty-seven State Representatives, and eleven State Senators, including authors Representative Jodie Laubenberg and Senator Glenn Hegar, to file an amicus brief in support of Texas’ legal defense of the newly enacted House Bill 2.


Pro-Life elected officials and leaders jointly filed the amicus brief substantiating the argument that House Bill 2 does not constitute an undue burden on women seeking an abortion — this is in spite of Planned Parenthood's various (and contradictory) attempts to argue so.


The brief challenges the notion that Planned Parenthood has the grounds to represent Texan women who may be their future clients.


From the day this lawsuit was filed, abortionists have attempted to campaign on the premise of caring about the medical needs of women.  Yet, unyieldingly, these same abortionists have asserted strategies to protect their bottom line, not the health and safety of Texas women.  Evidenced by the selective targeting of only specific portions of the bill, the protection of the abortionist’s financial gains continues to garner more importance than the protections initiated in the implementation of HB2's prudent and rational medical standards.


In direct contrast to the predatory abortion industry’s financial focus, the fifty-eight Pro-Life Legislators joined the Court filing to resound their support for HB's provisions to protect the lives and safety of Texas women.


If your legislator jointly filed the brief, please take a minute to thank him or her for taking the initiative to speak up in the courthouse, after having fought hard in the 83rd Legislative Session to pass this Pro-Life, pro-woman House bill.


Texas Right to Life is honored to be joined by these State Representatives in filing the “friend of the court” brief:


Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson, District 56 (Waco) 

Representative Cecil Bell, Jr., District 3 (Magnolia)

Representative Dwayne Bohac, District 138 (Houston)

Representative Dennis Bonnen, District 25 (Angleton)

Representative Greg Bonnen, M.D., District 24 (Friendswood)

Representative Cindy Burkett, District 113 (Sunnyvale)

Representative Bill Callegari, District 132 (Katy)

Representative Giovanni Capriglione, District 98 (Southlake)

Representative Tony Dale, District 136 (Cedar Park)

Representative John E. Davis, District 129 (Houston)

Representative Gary Elkins, District 135 (Houston)

Representative Pat Fallon, District 106 (Frisco)

Representative Allen Fletcher, District 130 (Tomball)

Representative Dan Flynn, District 2 (Van)

Representative James Frank, District 69 (Wichita Falls)

Representative Craig Goldman, District 97 (Fort Worth)

Representative Linda Harper-Brown, District 105 (Irving)

Representative Bryan Hughes, District 5 (Mineola)

Representative Jason Isaac, District 45 (Dripping Springs)

Representative Phil King, District 61 (Weatherford)

Representative Stephanie Klick, District 91 (Fort Worth)

Representative Matt Krause, District 93 (Fort Worth)

Representative Jodie Laubenberg, District 89 (Parker)

Representative George Lavender, District 1 (Texarkana)

Representative Jeff Leach, District 67 (Plano)

Representative Rick Miller, District 26 (Sugar Land)

Representative Jim Murphy, District 133 (Houston)

Representative John Otto, District 18 (Dayton)

Representative Chris Paddie, District 9 (Marshall)

Representative Tan Parker, District 63 (Flower Mound)

Representative Charles Perry, District 83 (Lubbock)

Representative Larry Phillips, District 62 (Sherman)

Representative Jim Pitts, District 10 (Waxahachie)

Representative Scott Sanford, District 70 (McKinney)

Representative Matt Schaefer, District 6 (Tyler)

Representative Ron Simmons, District 65 (Carrollton)

Representative David Simpson, District 7 (Longview)

Representative John T. Smithee, District 86 (Amarillo)

Representative Drew Springer, District 68 (Muenster)

Representative Jonathan Stickland, District 92 (Bedford)

Representative Van Taylor, District 66 (Plano)

Representative Ed Thompson, District 29 (Pearland)

Representative Steve Toth, District 15 (The Woodlands)

Representative Scott Turner, District 33 (Richardson)

Representative James White, District 12 (Hillister)

Representative Paul Workman, District 47 (Austin)

Representative Bill Zedler, District 96 (Arlington)


Likewise, Texas Right to Life was also honored to be joined by two of our top-ranking Senators and our courageous Pro-Life Democrat: 


Senator Kelly Hancock, District 9 (North Richland Hills)

Senator Glenn Hegar, Jr., District 18 (Katy)

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., District 27 (Brownsville)

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