Statement regarding Texas State Legislature’s Abortion Bill

July 13, 2013

The Texas state legislature and Gov. Perry have advanced the protection of the lives of unborn children and the health of women with this new legislation. The most vulnerable among us will now be protected from abortion after 20 weeks of age, more than half-way through a pregnancy. And the increased health and safety standards for abortion facilities and providers will better safeguard the lives of women. 

I ask all the faithful and our fellow supporters of life to continue to pray for the protection of all persons from conception to natural death. We will also continue our pastoral care to women who are considering, or who have had, an abortion. As the Catholic Church supports the protection of the unborn, it equally values protecting and preserving the health of women, whose lives and dignity are as precious as those destroyed by abortion.