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Rick Perry Brags about the “Culture of Life” in Texas

I see that my governor is guest-posting at RedState. (updated)

Thirty-six years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Roe v. Wade, and since then more than 49 million abortions have been performed in America.

As Governor of Texas, I have worked hard to promote a culture of life. I’m proud to have supported and signed a number of key bills including bans on partial-birth abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions in Texas, as well as passing an informed consent law and a prenatal protection act that protects unborn children from assault.

Working together, we have better aligned Texas laws with Texas values, but I need your help on the challenges that remain.

Though Republicans don’t want anyone to know it, the phrase "culture of life" isn’t just about abortion. It was coined by John Paul II and includes opposition to capital punishment, poverty and unjust war. Pretty much everything Republicans love.

So how’s Perry really doing on that culture of life stuff?

Let’s start with his unbridled enthusiasm for executions. In an era when other states are putting moratoriums on the death penalty, he’s executed nearly 200 people since he took office — more than any governor since 1977. Very culture of lifey!

How about poverty?

  • Texas continues to rank 50th out of 50 among the states in health coverage for children.
  • Texas has more children growing up to be adults in the correctional system than any other state.
  • Texas still ranks near the bottom in child hunger, child poverty, and child deaths from abuse or neglect.
  • Infant mortality rates have steadily climbed in Texas this decade, while remaining unchanged in the nation as a whole.

Most impressive.

And naturally, it goes without saying that Perry has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for Iraq and the War on Terror(TM).

Culture of life? Not so much, Rick.


EnfantTerrible helpfully reminds me in comments that:

Texas has something called the “Advance Directives Act” (aka “Futile Care Law”) on the books, which allows hospitals to stop treatment for incapacitated patients in “hopeless” cases, even over the objections of family members. George W. Bush himself signed this legislation into law in 1999.

The law was amended in 2003 to apply to minors. Governor Rich Perry signed the legislation.

I don’t think John Paul II had state-sponsored euthanasia in mind when he came up with "culture of life."

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