Texans For Individual Rights (TXIR) today announced its strong support of several planks of the new Republican Party of Texas platform that endorse the use the civil justice system to protect innocent human life and hold negligent abortion providers accountable for their wrongdoing. The Texas GOP platform was adopted at the Party’s recent state convention in Ft. Worth, Texas.
We are thrilled to see Texas Republicans continue to stand steadfastly in support of the pro-life cause and oppose special interest attempts to protect abortion providers under the guise of “lawsuit reform.” The newly adopted Texas Republican platform clearly demonstrates that the civil justice system can and should be used as an effective tool to promote pro-life goals in Texas.
TXIR recently asked Texans For Lawsuit Reform (TLR) for its support of three pro-life proposals during the upcoming legislative session. These proposals would allow for civil enforcement of the “sonogram bill” passed during the last legislative session, strengthen the “Prenatal Protection Act” passed in 2003, and remove limits on civil liability for abortion providers. TLR refuses to support these important pro-life proposals. The new Texas GOP platform includes the following language endorsing the use of the civil justice system to promote pro-life goals:
Right to Life- … Until our final goal of total Constitutional rights for the unborn child is achieved, we beseech the Texas Legislature in consideration of our state’s rights, to enact laws that restrict and regulate abortion including:
- parental and informed consent;
- prohibition of abortion for gender selection;
- prohibition of abortion due to the results of genetic diagnosis
- licensing, liability, and malpractice insurance for abortionists and abortion facilities;
- prohibition of financial kickbacks for abortion referrals;
- prohibition of partial birth and late term abortions; and
- enactment of any other laws which will advance the right to life for unborn children.
RU 486 – We urge the FDA to rescind approval of the physically dangerous RU-486 and oppose limiting the manufacturers’ and distributors’ liability.
Unborn Victims of Violence – We believe a person who injures or kills an unborn child should be subject to criminal and civil litigation.
Conscience Clause – We believe that doctors, nurses, pharmacists, any employees of hospitals and insurance companies, health care organizations, medical and scientific research students, and any employee should be protected by Texas law if they conscientiously object to participate in practices that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs, including but not limited to abortion, the prescription for and dispensing of drugs with abortifacient potential, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, eugenic screenings, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration. We call on the Texas Legislature to pass legislation to strengthen and clarify the current conscience clause in the Occupational Code to include the above-mentioned persons and practices. We further encourage legislation that requires hospitals and clinics to inform all health care personnel of their right to refuse to become involved in abortion or euthanasia, and their protection from prosecution and retaliation under Texas law.
Protection of Women’s Health – Because of the personal and social pain caused by abortions, we call for the protection of both women and their unborn children from pressure for unwanted abortions. We commend the Texas Legislature for the passage of the Woman’s Right to Know Act, a law requiring abortion providers, prior to an abortion, to provide women full knowledge of the physical and psychological risks of abortion, the characteristics of the unborn child, and abortion alternatives. We urge the state government and the Department of State Health Services to ensure that all abortion providers are in compliance with this informed consent law and to ensure that all pregnancy centers and other entities assisting women in crisis pregnancies have equal access to the informational brochures created by the Department of State Health Services.