Today, Texas State Rep. Briscoe Cain (R–Deer Park) filed House Bill 1500, known as the Texas Heartbeat Bill. This commonsense piece of legislation codifies the straightforward idea—if the heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected. The Texas Heartbeat Bill ensures that unborn Texans exhibiting a heartbeat are protected from the cruel and unusual practice of abortion. Representatives Phil King (R–Weatherford), Dan Flynn (R–Van), Tan Parker (R–Flower Mound), and Rick Miller (R–Sugar Land) have boldly stepped forward as joint-authors.
For years, pro-life advocates have called attention to the fact that abortion stops a beating heart. The Texas Heartbeat Bill empowers the beating heart of a tiny, defenseless unborn baby to stop a life-ending abortion.
“The heartbeat is a universally recognized indicator of life. The Texas Heartbeat Bill recognizes that this universal indicator should also apply to our most innocent and vulnerable Texans. A society is judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable members. I believe the most defenseless members of our society are innocent unborn children. As State Representative, I am committed to making Texas the safest place in America for the unborn child. I will continue the fight to ensure that all Texas children, including those saved by the Texas Heartbeat Bill, will inherit a prosperous Texas filled with endless opportunity.”
Representative Flynn added that, “Protecting unborn life is critical to who we are as a nation and a state. When you have a heartbeat, you have a life, and we should honor that life at all cost.”