Statement regarding Texas state legislature’s failure to pass abortion bill

June 26, 2013

I applaud the Texas state legislature and Governor Perry for their efforts to protect the lives of unborn children and the health of women. The legislation would have prohibited abortion after a baby has reached 20 weeks -- five months -- of age. It also would have offered greater protection of the lives of women by raising the health and safety standards for abortion facilities and providers.

I am very disappointed in the outcome yesterday and it is my hope that Governor Perry will call another special session to address this issue.

We will continue to pray for the protection of all life from conception to natural death, as we also continue our ministry to women who are considering, or who have had, an abortion.