Texas abortion case could change “life” attitudes

By July 17, 2013

USA (MNN) — Ever since the U-S Supreme Court Roe-versus-Wade decision which legalized abortion in the United States, Americans have been divided. Despite research that indicates that pre-born babies in the womb feel pain and can now survive premature birth, abortion continues. However, abortion restrictions are now in place in Texas.

Texas legislature passes pro-life legislation prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.

Texas legislature passes pro-life legislation prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.

Last week, the state legislature passed sweeping changes. It includes a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a requirement that abortion physicians have admitting privileges at local hospitals, a requirement that abortion facilities meet the same standards as surgical centers and restrictions on abortion-inducing medication.

President of Bethany Christian Services Bill Blacquiere praises the legislation. “I think it’s a great step toward protecting children and saving their lives. I believe this kind of attention in Texas has made the nation aware of what’s going on in abortion clinics.”

Blacquiere says many Americans, including Christians, are clueless about what happens at abortion clinics. “I think [many of us] would rather retreat to our homes and our churches and not deal with this, but God calls us to protect the lives of the unborn and he calls us to push for justice in this society.”

He believes this case could be a game changer for abortion on-demand. “This will make

President of Bethany Christian Services Bill Blacquiere.

President of Bethany Christian Services Bill Blacquiere.

other states and pro-life representatives realize that they can push through and get these bills passed.”

According to a recent Gallop Poll, 64-percent of Americans surveyed believe abortions should be illegal after the first three months of pregnancy.

Bethany has been involved in the pro-life cause for many years. They help facilitate adoptions, promote foster care, and run a crisis pregnancy hotline. “Bethany is located in 36 states. We have over 115 offices. In addition to that, we do have a hotline — a crisis pregnancy hotline — where we provide free pregnancy counseling to women.”

According to Blacquiere, the hotline is evolving into a contact center. “People can now text to Bethany, they can do live chats, or they can call 1-800-Bethany and we have professional counselors available 25 hours, seven days a week to talk with women who have an unplanned pregnancy.”

The work is done to show the love of Christ. “We demonstrate that love by making free counseling available and by helping women make a choice. Secondly, by doing that work, we also proclaim the word of Jesus Christ.”

This work can’t be done without people like you who help fund the ministry and volunteer. If you’d like to support their call center or get involved in other ways, click here.

You call follow what Bill’s blog has to say about the issue here: http://blogs.christianpost.com/every-child/texas-votes-for-life-16986/.

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