Texas Senate Hearing Today on Bill to Stop Discrimination Abortions


April 10, 2019
CONTACTS: SBA List: Mallory Quigley, [email protected] 202-223-8073
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Experts from Charlotte Lozier Institute Gave Testimony

Washington, D.C. – Today the Texas Senate Health & Human Services Committee held a hearing on the Preborn NonDiscrimination Act (PreNDA), S.B. 1033. PreNDA removes the exception for fetal anomaly in Texas’ Preborn Pain Act, which limits late-term abortion after five months of pregnancy, a point when science shows unborn children can feel pain. Additionally, PreNDA prohibits discriminatory abortions due to an unborn child’s race, sex, or disability and requires the provision of information about perinatal palliative care to mothers of children with potentially life-threatening prenatal diagnoses.

Expert witnesses from Susan B. Anthony List’s research arm Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) who gave testimony at the hearing included:

  • Anna Higgins, J.D., an attorney specializing in sanctity of life policy issues, ranging from conception to end of life care. Higgins is the author of CLI’s 2016 report “Sex-Selection Abortion: The Real War on Women” and has testified before Congress on federal prenatal nondiscrimination legislation.
  • Sheila Page, D.O.,a board-certified osteopathic physician specializing in neuromusculoskeletal medicine. Page is president of the Texas chapter of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and vice president of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association District II Chapter.

“In 2013 Texas lawmakers took an important step to limit late-term abortion after five months, more than halfway through pregnancy, when science shows unborn babies can feel excruciating pain,” said Higgins. “Now it’s time to close the deadly loophole that leaves unborn children with disabilities unprotected. The Preborn NonDiscrimination Act puts a stop to lethal discrimination while ensuring that families facing a prenatal diagnosis receive the information they deserve about compassionate, life-affirming options.”

SBA List is a network of more than 700,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.


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