FORT WORTH, Texas, October 9, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Disability rights organizations joined religious leaders in an amici curiae brief to protect Baby Tinslee Lewis, a young girl born prematurely and with a rare heart defect, in her fight against the Texas 10-Day Rule.
The Texas 10-Day Rule grants a hospital committee the power to make life-and-death decisions against the wishes of the patient or her medical decision-maker. The patient has only 10 days to secure transfer to another medical facility before life-sustaining care is denied and withdrawn.
As the brief observed, this means that the Texas 10-Day Rule not only violates an individual’s rights but also tramples parental rights and due process, as in the case of Baby Tinslee.
PETITION UPDATE (10/26/2020)
Since launching this petition less than 6 weeks ago, two massive, yet conflicting, events have taken place surrounding this petition which asks the Lubbock City Council to make Lubbock a Sanctuary City for the Unborn:
1) Planned Parenthood just reopened their doors at the end of last week. However, the facility will not commit abortions until 2021 (if at all!).
BUT, all hope is not lost! Because....
2) Pro-life citizens of Lubbock have presented over 5,000 signatures to the Lubbock City Council, asking the Council to bring the Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance to a public vote.
This last part is great news! If the council passes the policy, Planned Parenthood will be barred from committing abortions in Lubbock. If the council fails, citizens will be able to directly vote on becoming a Sanctuary City for the Unborn in an upcoming election.
“Lubbock must not surrender to the abortion industry. Now more than ever, Texans must stand for Life and urge the council to swiftly pass the Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance,” stated Kimberlyn Schwartz, native West Texan and Texas Tech alumna, now serving as Texas Right to Life’s director of media and communication.
Please continue to SIGN and SHARE this petition, to support the goal of making Lubbock a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. Thank you!
Seven years after closing their doors, Planned Parenthood has announced that they intend to reopen in Lubbock, Texas, by the end of this year.
This is terrible news and a retrograde step...and, needs to be stopped!
That's why LifeSite and Texas Right to Life are partnering on this urgent petition which calls on the Lubbock City Council to make their city a Sanctuary City for the Unborn, thereby stopping Planned Parenthood from reopening their abortion center.
Since 2013, when Planned Parenthood closed their Lubbock facilities in response to laws passed by the Texas Legislature, an estimated 1,000 Lubbock babies have been saved from abortion!
But now, with $9 million pledged from wealthy pro-abortion leftists, Planned Parenthood is reopening in the region, according to their recent press release.
This is outrageous, and we must do everything possible to stop the killing from starting again!
Please SIGN this petition to the Lubbock City Council and urge them to make their city a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.
The Sanctuary City for the Unborn initiative began last year in the small East Texas town of Waskom. Since then, more than a dozen communities have followed suit.
The local Pro-Life ordinances declare abortion to be murder and prohibit abortion facilities from opening within city limits.
By encouraging the City Council to make Lubbock a Santuary City for the Unborn, we can stop Planned Parenthood before they kill another single baby in West Texas again!
But, we need your help to overcome some political opposition to this good idea.
Dan Pope, the mayor of Lubbock, expressed opposition to pursuing the Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance, stating, “That's not the lane we need to be in, we need to do the things that we were elected to do.”
Then, the mayor actually compared opening an abortion facility to opening a church: “I think telling Planned Parenthood they can't come to Lubbock would be in some ways like telling United [Supermarkets] they couldn't build another store, or telling the [Southern Baptist Convention] they couldn't do another church start in Lubbock..."
But, opening a Planned Parenthood abortion center is nothing like opening a church! There are no similarities between intentionally killing innocent preborn human beings and trying to teach people about the Bible!
Suffice it to say: Lubbock city officials need to hear from you!
Please add your voice by SIGNING this urgent petition to keep Planned Parenthood out of Lubbock.
**And, Lubbock citizens, stay tuned for additional steps to make your town a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.**
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Petition asks Lubbock City Council to declare their city a sanctuary for the unborn' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/petition-asks-lubbock-city-council-to-declare-their-city-a-sanctuary-for-the-unborn
'3 Texas towns vote to become sanctuary cities for the unborn' - lifesitenews.com/news/3-texas-towns-vote-to-become-sanctuary-cities-for-the-unborn
'North Carolina county declares ‘sanctuary’ for unborn, plans to outlaw abortion' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/north-carolina-county-declares-sanctuary-for-unborn-plans-to-outlaw-abortion
Yesterday’s friends of the court brief was submitted to the Supreme Court of Texas by Catholic bishops Joseph E. Strickland of Tyler and René H. Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, as we Protect TX Fragile Kids, ADAPT, ADAPT of Texas, Not Dead Yet, the Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization (HALO), the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network, Deacon Keith Fournier, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the True Texas Project, Right to Life of East Texas, the Common Good Foundation, and Grassroots America We the People.
A lower court in July rebuked the anti-Life Texas 10-Day Rule (section 166.046 of the Texas Health and Safety Code). Baby Tinslee’s case now awaits review in the Texas Supreme Court.
Last month, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth filed a motion to expedite the case in the state’s highest court. Cook Children’s has been fighting to remove life-sustaining care from Baby Tinslee against the wishes of Tinslee’s mother, Trinity, for over a year now.
In the amici curiae brief in support of Baby Tinslee, the groups wrote, “If review is granted, this Court should hold that section 166.046 is unconstitutional as applied on its face.”
The brief noted that Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton had issued a joint statement earlier this year in defense of Baby Tinslee and her family’s fight to protect her Right to Life. Abbott and Paxton also filed a brief in support of Baby Tinslee, in which the two attorneys deemed the Texas 10-Day Rule unconstitutional.
The brief outlined that under the 10-Day Rule, “There is no standard of proof, no meaningful right for the patient to be heard, no right to call witnesses, no record, and no neutral arbiter to decide the patient’s fate.” In Baby Tinslee’s case, Cook Children’s asserted in December 2019 that she would not live beyond May. Now, Tinslee is still alive almost a year later, approaching her second birthday.
Texas Right to Life, one of the organizations that submitted the friends of the court brief has helped over three dozen patients facing denial of treatment in 2020 alone.