By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn announced on Facebook that he was standing with Texas and efforts there to place some limitations on the abortion industry in that state.
The Republican controlled Texas state legislature is attempting to pass legislation that would ban abortion after twenty weeks and would hold abortion clinics to a higher regulatory standard than what the abortion clinics are currently held too.
Speaker Hubbard said, “In Alabama, I’m proud to say the law of the land already bans abortions after 20 weeks, and, just this year we passed important legislation that goes even further to protect the health and safety of women and the life of the unborn.” The conservative Alabama Speaker said, “Today, all eyes are on Texas as they fight an important battle to protect the right to life.” I’m proud of the pro-life legislation we’ve been able to pass in Alabama, and I hope and pray that Texas will be able to do the same.”
Pro-abortion supporters mobbed the Texas legislature the last time that the legislature attempted to pass the pro-life legislation to support a filibuster by pro-abortion state senators. The filibuster was successful last time because they were able to keep talking until midnight, which is by law the end of the legislative day.
Pro-life Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) said in a written statement following the defeat, “We witnessed the extremes the pro-abortion forces will resort to in order to further their cause. They demonstrated that, even if they lose at the ballot box, even if they come up short in attempts to stall on the Senate floor, they will resort to mob tactics to force their minority agenda on the people of Texas. I’m all about honest, open debate, and parliamentary tactics are certainly nothing new, but what we witnessed Tuesday was nothing more than the hijacking of the democratic process. This is simply too important a cause to allow the unruly actions of a few to stand in its way. I have announced that I am bringing lawmakers back to Austin to finish the work and the will of the people of the state of Texas, and I’ve put pro-life measures at the top of the call list.”
On Tuesday night the Texas House of Representatives tentatively approved the measure. There will be another vote on Wednesday, then the pro-life bill will go to the Senate where pro-abortion Democratic Senator Wendy Davis’s 13 hour filibuster defeated the bill in June. Most observers expect that Texas Republicans will finally pass the landmark legislation.