Federal court upholds Texas pro-life law that has saved about 10,000 lives already

I'm Scheming Unborn Baby, and I approve of incrementalism
I’m Scheming Unborn Baby, and I approve of incrementalism

Great news!!! This story is from Life News, and I have more great news below.

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A federal appeals court issued a ruling today upholding a Texas pro-life law credited with closing multiple abortion clinics and cutting abortions 13 percent, saving an estimated 9,900 babies from abortion.

The legislation, House Bill 2 (HB2), requires abortion facilities to meet the same safety standards of other Ambulatory Surgical Centers in the state, ensures that abortionists have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and bans painful late abortions on fully formed babies. The admitting privileges portion of the law was the portion responsible for closing abortion clinics and, because so many shut down or stopped doing abortions, Judge Lee Yeakel claimed that constituted an undue burden on women.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an appeal of Judge Yeakel’s ruling and the appellate court issued its decision on that today.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the lower court “erred by substituting its own judgment for that of the legislature” when ruling against the pro-life bill. It ruled that all abortion clinics have to follow the admitting privileges law except one.

And some more good news from Life News, this time from Missouri.

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The Missouri General Assembly adopted legislation during this year’s session which will dramatically increase funding for alternatives to abortion programs.  The authorization for enhanced funding for abortion  alternatives efforts was included in a bill which overhauled the state’s major public assistance program.

The bill adopted by the Missouri Legislature, Senate Bill 24, was known as the “Strengthening Missouri Families Act.”  It was sponsored by Senator David Sater of Cassville, and handled in the House by Representative Diane Franklin of Camdenton.

The legislation revised Missouri’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.  That form of public assistance is most commonly referred to as welfare benefits, and used to go by the name Aid to Families of Dependent Children (AFDC).

The most widely reported change contained in the bill was a provision that scaled back the period of time in which a person can receive TANF assistance.  The bill reduced the lifetime limit for recipients of TANF benefits from 60 to 45 months.

A lesser noted section of the bill established that 2% of block grant funds received from the federal government for TANF assistance shall be dedicated to the state’s alternatives to abortion services and public awareness programs.

That means that approximately $4.3 million in new annual funding will be available for alternatives to abortion programs. 

[…]Services financed by the program include prenatal, medical, and mental health care; child care, newborn, and infant care; food, clothing, and pregnancy related supplies; parenting training; housing and utilities; transportation; and educational services.  During the 2014 fiscal year, services were provided to a total of 1,511 women and their children.

[…]Another favorable provision in the bill calls for a similar 2% (another $4.3 million) of the federal TANF block  grant funding to be earmarked for programs promoting healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood.  These programs were created as a component of the major welfare reform law passed by Congress in 1996.

Those funds can be used for pre-marital education, marriage skills, marriage mentoring, and divorce reduction programs.   Funds can also be expended for parenting skills training, and counseling programs to combat domestic violence and child abuse.

The Democrat governor voted to veto the bill, but there were enough Republicans in the House and Senate to override his veto. So this is more good news. If you’re a fiscal conservative who believes in smaller government, you like the welfare reform in this story as well. I know I do.

15 thoughts on “Federal court upholds Texas pro-life law that has saved about 10,000 lives already”

  1. So whats gonna happen to those 10,000 lives that were saved? Are they gonna end up in the system like everyone else?

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    1. System meaning adoption and foster system and everyone else is those kids who are still waiting to be adopted to a nice family.

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        1. Depends on who they’re parents were, if the parent was a drugg addict then yes. Just finished watch a documentary where a girl said her mom was an addict and when she was young her mom had her selling herself for money so mommy could get high and thats how she got into prostitution. So it all depends on the parent?

          Also what is gonna happen to these 10,000? I don’t see couple adopting child once they reach a certain age. Majority want kids as young as they can get them so pre-teens and teens have a low chance of being adopted by a nice family and once their 18 they are on they’re own.

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          1. I wouldnt that child in that situation and i dont know too many people who would adopt a crack,meth,heroin baby or child

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          2. There are plenty of people who do adopt disabled children. But even if there were no one, that doesn’t make it okay to kill the child.

            Until someone steps up to take over care for a child – whether that’s an individual or couple planning to adopt or the state taking over care – the responsibility for a child is with his parents. If they do a bad job, then prosecute them. But you don’t kill the child because he has bad parents.

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          3. So then that would bring us right back to where we started. Until someone steps up- i am sure there are plenty of kids right now that are waiting for someone to step up but once they reach 18 it doesnt matter anymore.

            Its not that big of a difference between ancient times and 2015, the only difference is we have the government and nurses taking care of children with disabilities so the parents dont have to.

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    2. Here’s a radical thought: How about the people who created those children stepping up and taking responsibility for them? How about we stop enabling adults to be irresponsible by letting them kill unwanted children?

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      1. Abortion is a choice a person could choose, taking that away the adult would be down to two: keeping the child or adoption.

        Depending on the parents situation, some I recommend to give up their child or dont have them at all like drug addicts.

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        1. I also support adoption or prevention of pregnancy for people who are not in a situation to care for a child. However, your initial question was what we are going to do with so many unwanted children, and the default for every child is for the parents to step up and take responsibility. Other options like adoption are also possible solutions. What is NOT an acceptable solution is killing the innocent child. That’s definitely not the right way to handle an unexpected pregnancy.

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          1. So many unwanted children, i have no idea. Majority of parents dont want to adopt older children and many dont want gays adopting children – so i really dont know.

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          2. Well, I suppose if it’s such a huge problem to care for so many children that it’s somehow okay to kill the child when there’s no one to care for him, then why not just wait and kill the child when it actually becomes a problem? When you have kids lined up with no adoption in sight, we could just kill them then, right? Or when they’re shown to have been abused, get rid of them so they don’t have to go through the system. If it’s okay to kill them before birth because they MIGHT be neglected or abused, then what’s wrong with killing them after birth when they really are being neglected or abused?

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  2. The value of a human life is not dependent on whether it is “wanted” or not. Nor does it depend on whether or not said human is going to have problems growing up. Mother Teresa said it best: “When a society allows its mothers to murder their own children, what’s next?”

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