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News July 11, 2013

Bishops Call for Prayer, Action on Abortion Legislation

The Roman Catholic Bishops of Texas are asking all in the pro-life community to join them this week in prayer and action to protect the lives of the unborn in our state.

Action Alert!

Join the Texas Catholic Conference Tomorrow, July 12, as the Texas Senate convenes to vote on the Pro-Life Omnibus bill. 

Come fill the Senate Gallery with pro-life supporters wearing blue to show our support. This is the same legislation that was derailed in the first special session because of the raucous behavior of pro-abortion activists who had flooded the Senate Gallery to thwart the vote.

We cannot--must not--lose this opportunity.
Take a moment to read the personal letter from the Texas Catholic Bishops below, which urges all within the Pro-Life community to get involved and make their voices heard tomorrow.

Advocates are encourage arrive at the capitol EARLY to get a place in line. If you can’t join us in the Senate Gallery, tweet a picture of yourself wearing your pro-life blue using the hashtags #stand4life and #TXCatholic. Follow the Texas Catholic Conference Facebook page and @TXCatholic for updates on the vote and to stay up to date on details after Friday’s vote.

Don’t forget to call your State Senator to urge him or her to support Life in Texas!!

Jeffery R. Patterson
Executive Director
Texas Catholic Conference


From the Texas Catholic Conference website:

Dear Friends,

We, the Roman Catholic Bishops of Texas, are asking that each and every one of our friends in the pro-life community to join us this week in prayer and action to protect the lives of the unborn in our state. We make this call because time is of the essence. To succeed, our voices must be heard by state lawmakers in acting to reverse the culture of death that continues to seep into our society.

As you know, the Texas Legislature has had intense, and at times acrimonious, debate recently over legislation to protect the health, safety, and dignity of life—both the life of the child in the womb and the life of the woman enduring the abortion. Current legislation under consideration takes a common sense approach to improving facility standards to address abortion complications, requires compliance with FDA standards for distributing the abortion drug RU- 486, requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and prohibits abortion after five months of pregnancy, when scientific evidence shows babies can feel pain.

In the wake of the reported horrors performed by abortionists in Houston, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, these proposals are clear in protecting both the child and the mother; both of whom are precious children of God and thus deserving of protection to their health and safety even during the most tragic of circumstances.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to an end to the tragedy of abortion. Abortion is death. Christ came to conquer death. As Jesus proclaims in the Gospels, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10). Until the day when the tragedy of abortion has ended , we have a responsibility to ensure that these abortion facilities meet basic, reasonable standards of medical intervention when these procedures go wrong.

Over the next week, please stay apprised of the events in Austin and try to come to the Capitol to testify on behalf of our faith and our beliefs. If you are unable to make the trip, please take a moment to contact your representative and senator to let them know of your desire to see these pro-life proposals pass and be sent to the governor for his signature.

Above all, please join us, your Texas bishops, in praying intently and faithfully for the end to the practice of abortion and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide the hearts of lawmakers as they consider this important legislation.

Sincerely in Christ,

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
Archdiocese of Galveston Houston

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M. Sp.S.
Archdiocese of San Antonio

Bishop Patrick J. Zurek S.T.L.
Diocese of Amarillo

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez
Diocese of Austin

Wm. Michael Mulvey, S.T.L., DD
Diocese of Corpus Christi

Bishop David E. Fellhauer
Diocese of Victoria

Bishop Plácido Rodríguez, C.M.F.
Diocese of Lubbock

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland
Diocese of Tyler

Bishop Curtis Guillory, S.V.D.
Diocese of Beaumont

Bishop Daniel E. Flores, S.T.D.
Diocese of Brownsville

Bishop Kevin Farrell
Diocese of Dallas

Michael D. Pfeifer, O.M.I., DD
Diocese of San Angelo

Bishop Mark Seitz
Diocese of El Paso