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Texas Senate Republican Caucus Hails Passage of Senate Bill 23, the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, authored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst

April 9, 2019

All 19 Republican Senators voted to send Senate Bill 23 to the House and ensure that babies Born-Alive must be given every chance to live

 AUSTIN – Senate Bill 23, the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, authored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst passed the Senate 21-10 with all 19 Republican Senators voting for it. Senate Bill 23 would protect the rights of a living child born after an abortion. Any baby born in Texas is going to be respected as a human being. Where Washington D.C. has been unclear, the Texas Senate Republican Caucus is going to be very clear, we will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. Senator Kolkhorst touched on some of the most important aspects of the bill, highlighting that, “Senate Bill 23 enhances the penalty for healthcare providers who do not provide care to babies born-alive from abortions to a 3rd degree felony.” In explaining the purpose of her bill, Senator Kolkhorst stated on the floor of the Senate that, “The goal of this bill is to protect children born-alive from an abortion.”

While national Democratic leaders have failed to support legislation, which protects the lives of innocent babies born-alive as a result of an abortion and while many Democrats have failed to unequivocally state that the ending of life after an abortion is morally wrong, the Texas Senate Republican Caucus has made clear that it will not stand for it. Senate Bill 23 incentivizes healthcare providers to render as much aid as possible to a child born-alive from an abortion, no matter the parents’ or healthcare providers’ opinion. Senator Kolkhorst reiterated to her democratic counterparts when pressed that, “SB 23 makes it acutely clear that a doctor must render aid to a baby born-alive from an abortion.

Opponents of the bill have tried to thwart passage by inaccurately contending that doctors would have to choose whether to render aid to an ailing mother vs. a born-alive child in this situation. This contention is simply false. As Senator Campbell noted during debate, “The amount of hands on deck is not the issue that this bill seeks to address.” Senator Paxton echoed Senator Campbell by reiterating that, “Any child who is born-alive from an abortion deserves our full attention and care. Thank you, Senator Kolkhorst, for making it very clear that we value life in Texas.

Chairman of the Caucus, Senator Paul Bettencourt, summed up the Texas Senate Republican Caucus’ position, “Simply put, if a baby is born alive, it should stay alive. Infanticide should never be an option.” The Texas Senate Republican Caucus is confident that this bill will ensure that healthcare providers, who in the past may have allowed a baby born-alive from an abortion to die without proper medical care, no longer do so. Senator Hall reflected the caucus’ sentiments when he said, “Killing a baby born-alive from an abortion or allowing it to die without proper care is pre-meditated capital murder.

The Caucus has also produced a video on SB 23, linked here: https://www.texassenate.gop/2019/04/09/senate-bill-23-press-conference/

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I have a special religious liberty message for the Easter Weekend. I am proud of all my 19 Republican Collegues that voted to provide Texas license holders some protection for deeply help religious beliefs.

We were joined by Senator Lucio (D-Brownsville) as well because this common sense law is supported by the vast majority of Texans. Discrimination should not apply to any person in Texas in the 21st Century!

Speaking in favor, elegantly, is Senate Bill 17 author, Senator Perry (R-Lubbock) as well as Senators Paxton (R-McKinney) and Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). Listen to them now and read more about the bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00017E.htm

Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
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Good idea. Wish you folks felt as strongly about the 2nd Amendment. But the caucus is clueless and stupid when it comes to representing those that elected you. Caring only about business special interests.

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus held a joint press conference with U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick on Caucus Chair, Paul Bettencourt’s, Senate Resolution 535 that declared the Crisis at the Texas-Mexico International Border an Emergency.

Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) remarked, “The Texas Senate recognizes the obvious, the obvious is that there is a crisis on the border.” Senator Cornyn (R-TX), commented on the rising interdictions, “When it hits 200,000 will that be enough to acknowledge the obvious?” Senator Cruz (R-TX) pointed out that, “In six months we have seen nearly as many people apprehended in all of the preceding year.” Lieutenant Governor Patrick (R-TX) stated, “Since 2011 we have documentation of 1,761 dead migrants that we have recovered in Texas, many in Brooks County.”

State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston), stated, “35,000 unaccompanied children, vulnerable to the sex trade, arrived in the last year.” State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), commented, “Over 100,000 migrants crossed our border illegally just last month, that is a crisis.” State Senator Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton) added, “We and our constituents are at our wits end. The border today is not the border of my youth.”

When asked what the difference was between Democrats and Republicans on this issue, Chairman Bettencourt responded, "That we voted for the Resolution and we took a stand on the crisis at the border."

Read the full resolution here: bit.ly/2PhXaWz
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Where’s Abbott at

Yes sir way way too much ch talking

I look at the border wall as Black Friday as entering the store for good deals....... rush in before they are gone........ e.g. social security, health benefits........only difference is ONES FREE THE OTHER NOT!!

Good grief. Use a brain cell or two. Stopping immigration is not the purpose of a wall. It is to make people use the gate so the immigration can be controlled and LEGAL

Maybe a little less talk and a lot more action is in order? Time to put a stop to illegal entry into the United States!

It’s been a crisis since 1968

So they just now recognise there is a crisis? Most people saw this coming months ago and knew something needed to be done then. I guess better late than never.

Proud of Texas and NM people for trying to stop the invasion of illegals!

Call out the NATIONAL GUARD. Or let the MILITA tack charge

Save lives on both sides of the border. Build the wall protect us all.

BUILD THE WALL!!!!!

Love to see Made in America again!!!

Didn’t see anything in the Houston Chronicle about this. The media is pathetic, a million people could come across in a day and they would not report.

Let’s face it !! No body is listening to the people who pay taxes and vote,! Politicians are out for themselves to be millionaires!!😡😡(Ronnie )

Oh please !! A wall will do nothing to stop migration!!

Then do something . MASS DEPORTATION

Closed the border and build the wall now

About dam time !!!

I remember years ago calling John Cornyn’s office to let him know he would never get my vote again and guess what it was over? The border wall and he would not vote for it. These jokers think the American public forgets over the years so they keep on getting elected.

Question: if the Empress and her cohorts don't care whether a pre-born or surviving aborted child lives or dies, why would they care about illegal border crossers?

having their little convention to figure how they are going to screw the people more

Cornyn, you haven’t done jack about this problem except stand behind individual Mitch McConald in congress at photo ops.

Cornyn, you haven’t done jack about this problem except stand behind individual Mitch McConald in congress at photo ops.

Get with plan John Cornyn

Cronyn probably dealing with Drug Cartel all about Money 😡

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