Kathryn Freeman, director of public policy for the BGCT Christian Life Commission, in the early morning press conference at the state Capitol.

The Baptist General Convention of Texas joined the Texans for Life Coalition, Texas Alliance for Life and Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops in an April 18 press conference voicing support for 15 bills before the state House and Senate seeking to restrict abortion.

“We are honored to be here with these pro-life legislators and these groups to support a culture of life in Texas and to help defend life,” Kathryn Freeman, director of public policy for the BGCT Christian Life Commission, said in the early morning press conference at the state Capitol.

The proposed bills — among more than 40 anti-abortion measures in Texas introduced this legislative session — would bar state funding for Planned Parenthood, outlaw “partial birth” abortion and ban the sale of fetal tissue.

Other legislation would require all fetal remains to be cremated or interred and prohibit health-care facilities from disposing of the remains in sanitary landfills, mandate reporting for abortion complications and ban “wrongful birth” lawsuits, preventing parents from suing doctors for malpractice after their child is born with severe disabilities.

“While we don’t have the votes on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade and abolish abortion in our nation, we must press onward in our efforts to save lives in our state and establish greater reverence for life in Texas,” Bishop Daniel Garcia of Austin said on behalf of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops.

Freeman, an attorney named public policy director for the Texas Baptist moral concerns agency in 2014, spoke favorably of a bill that would require abortion providers to post the National Human Trafficking Hotline number in each patient admissions area, waiting room, restroom and patient consulting room.

“That, we think, is really important,” Freeman said. “Last year Texas was the number two state for calls into that hot line. We think that this bill has real practical impact for women and girls who might be sex trafficked getting that number in front of them and getting them out of those horrific situations.”

The bill would also make it a felony to knowingly use “force or the threat of force to compel an individual to receive an abortion.”

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SOURCE: Baptist News Global
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