The Texas Senate passed a bill in the early hours of this morning banning abortions after 20 weeks, making Texas safer for women and children. This is the same bill that was filibustered by liberal Senator Wendy Davis in the last special session.
Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and many others were instrumental in the passing of this legislation. Democratic State Senator Eddie Lucio supported the bill despite fierce opposition from his party, delivering a speech late Friday night in favor of protecting Texas women and children. He noted that "A person is a person, no matter how small", and called on his colleagues to join him in supporting life.
Former Senator Rick Santorum released a statement after the passage of the legislation saying, "The Declaration of Independence states that we are endowed by our Creator 'with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.' Life is first for a reason. Because without life, no other rights matter."
Senator Santorum plunged into the battle earlier this week, holding a press conference and mobilizing members of his Patriot Voices organization to support the bill.
HB 2 passed in the Texas Senate 19-11.
"Today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life. This legislation builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect women's health. I am proud of our lawmakers, and citizens who tirelessly defended our smallest and most vulnerable Texans and future Texans." - Governor Rick Perry