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Senate Republicans Fight to Protect Innocent Life and Defend the Dignity the Unborn

February 15, 2017

AUSTIN – Today, the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services heard initial public testimony on three pro-life legislative proposals; Senate Bills 8, 258, and 415. If passed, Senate Bill 8 would ban both partial-birth abortion and the sale of human fetal tissue, while Senate Bill 258 would ensure that human fetal remains are properly and respectfully disposed. Senate Bill 415 would ban a controversial abortion procedure wherein fetal death is rendered by dismembering a still-living fetus in the womb.

“I’m grateful to the members of the committee and the members of the public for conducting a thoughtful, respectful, and orderly hearing today on the important issues surrounding the protection and dignity of innocent human life,” said Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services and author of Senate Bill 8. “To me, the idea that anyone would seek to profit from the sale of fetal tissue is beyond abhorrent, it’s quite simply evil. Today, we took an important first step in ending to the sale of fetal tissue once and for all, and outlawing the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion in state law.”

While presenting Senate Bill 258, author Don Huffines (R-Dallas) testified, “The moral and ethical future of Texas depends on affording respect and dignity to the remains of unborn children. Texas owes these innocent lives a proper and respectful burial or cremation, rather than disposing of their remains in a sewer or landfill.”

During the hearing, committee members Konni Burton (R-Colleyville), Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway), and Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) actively engaged in the process, stating their strong opposition to partial-birth and dismemberment abortions, and their substantial concerns regarding the treatment and disposition of fetal remains.

“Dismembering an unborn baby is a torturous and inhumane procedure and as a society we should not stand for it,” said Senate Bill 415 author Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock).

“I second my republican colleagues, the use of partial birth abortions, dismemberment abortions, and the sale of fetal tissue in our society is barbaric. These practices should be outlawed immediately,” declared Senate Bill 8, 258 and 415 co-author and Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt.

The Senate Committee on Health & Human Services is expected to send Senate Bills 8, 258 and 415 to the floor of the Texas Senate in the weeks ahead.

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