The Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing earlier this August. Three students representing Students for Life Action testified in support of the legislation and other students demonstrated their support by attending as well. After an emotional testimony by one of the students, Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., the Democrat who authored the bill, referred to the testimony as one of the proudest moments of his 35-year political career. Multiple other senators complimented the courage of the students who testified and attended. Chairwomen Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, said the hearing was her favorite ever and the most inspirational thing she had experienced in months. The bill immediately passed committee by a 5-0 vote, with four senators absent. The next day, it passed the full Senate. Student Rachel Schroder shared her full account here.
This victory was won with much dedicated effort from Texas pro-life students.
- In March, Students for Life Action penned an open letter to all Texas Senators that was signed by nearly 100 Students for Life groups in Texas.
- Around that same time, student Melanie Salazar testified in favor of the chemical abortion regulation.
More Battles & Victories in Texas
Texas has arguably had the most active (and successful) run in the entire country when it came to pro-life laws.
- In February, the state finally won a long-standing lawsuit that stopped Planned Parenthood from utilizing Medicaid dollars.
- In March, SFLAction leaders testified on five different pro-life bills, one of which was a “mega bill.”
- Testimony In Support of ALL Pro-Life Bills Being Heard Before the Senate Committee on State Affairs
- Testimony on SB 1647: The Texas Abolition Strategy
- Testimony on SB 802: Every Mother Matters Act (EMMA)
- Testimony on SB 650: Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion
- Testimony on SB 9: Human Life Protection Act
- Testimony on SB 394: Chemical Abortion Regulation
- In May, Texas passed a Heartbeat Bill which outlaws the abortion of any baby with a detectable heartbeat. SFLAction even got to attend the signing of this bill after hosting a huge rally in favor (and encountering unruly abortion supporters).
- Most recently, Texas was also able to ban dismemberment abortion in the state.
Unfortunately, Texas activism did not come without obstacle. Prior to the above testimonies, SFLAction students were told they needed to cover up their pro-life shirts and masks (despite not being able to be shown a rule requiring so).
Thank you to all Students for Life Action leaders and other pro-life activists in Texas whose hard work has made these advancements possible!