Rick Perry Pushes to Further Limit Abortion in Texas

Katie Pavlich

12/13/2012 8:12:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

Governor Rick Perry doesn't just talk about being pro-life, but has a strong pro-life record that he keeps adding onto. During Perry's tenure in Texas, he has pushed and passed numerous pieces of legislation severely restricting abortion and now, he's asking for legislation banning abortions after 20-weeks to be passed in the Lone Star State. More from LifeNews:

Yesterday, Gov. Rick Perry outlined initiatives to strengthen the state’s ban on abortions, including promoting legislation to stop abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

He was joined by Senator-elect Donna Campbell and pro-life groups at the Source Pregnancy Center in Houston.

“Over the last decade, Texas has taken extraordinary steps to protect the lives of the unborn, but when 80,000 lives continue to be lost to abortion each year in our state, we know our work is far from over,” Gov. Perry said. “In Texas, the Legislature meets for only 140 days every other year. As supporters of life, we have an obligation to make sure that every one of those days counts when it comes to protecting our most vulnerable citizens.”

Ten states have already recognized the need to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain. The governor also outlined measures to strengthen standards of care for women seeking abortions, including requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital, and requiring abortion clinics to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs).

“It’s time to acknowledge 21st century medicine and technology with 21st century legislation. We need to protect the tiniest and weakest of Texans, our children, both born and unborn,” Senator-elect Campbell said. “In addition, we should champion women’s health by holding facilities and physicians that perform abortions to the same standards as ambulatory surgery centers and physicians. Our duty is to protect the general welfare of Texans, and I will work everyday to keep Texas strong and healthy.”

A baby's heart starts beating just 18 days after conception, I'd say Perry's efforts are a good start.