Texas Governor Wants To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

HOUSTON (December 11, 2012)--Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday he’s supporting legislation that would ban abortion in Texas after 20 weeks, the point at which he said a fetus can feel pain.

Perry also said he wants the state Legislature to pass legislation requiring physicians who perform abortions to have an agreement with a nearby hospital that would allow them to admit a patient in case of emergency.

The Legislature reconvenes Jan. 8 and Perry said lawmakers have an "obligation to end that kind of cruelty."

He was referring to what he called forcing an unborn baby to feel the pain of its life coming to an end.

Speaking Tuesday in Houston, the governor promised that the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature would spend its entire 140 session "protecting life."

"In Texas, the Legislature meets for only 140 days every other year. As supporters of life, we have an obligation to make sure that every one of those days counts when it comes to protecting our most vulnerable citizens,”

“Over the last decade, Texas has taken extraordinary steps to protect the lives of the unborn, but when 80,000 lives continue to be lost to abortion each year in our state, we know our work is far from over," he said.

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