Rhetoric and details aside, the power of this effort was brought home to me earlier this year at Grace Community Church in Houston. Standing on the altar with my friend, Pastor Steve Riggle, I held a newborn whose life has been spared by the bill. (His mother, having passed the five month point of her pregnancy, chose adoption over abortion, fulfilling another couple's heartfelt desire for parenthood.) Holding this child in my arms and seeing the joy he'd brought to his adoptive parents really put the events of last summer in perspective.
Of all the legislative accomplishments of my twelve years in office, I am especially proud to know that a countless number of children will receive the gift of life, grow up in loving families, and leave their mark on our society. In the years to come, I hope Texans will continue their high regard for life and support for the health of Texas women.