I took a vacation day yesterday and spent it in the Texas State Capitol building in Austin as it has become ground zero in the abortion debate. Considering that the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision struck down a Texas statute, perhaps the Texas Capitol has always been a ground zero in that debate. I was one of several hundred who testified at a hearing of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. I would probably be called a hardcore pro-lifer. I believe that government exists to protect the right to life, liberty, and property of every person. I believe that the definition of person must include every living organism that can be biologically classified as homo sapien.
That being said, I was very critical of the supposedly pro-life bill in question when I testified to the committee. Each witness only had a maximum of two minutes to speak, so I had to give an extremely condensed version of the written testimony that I submitted.
All in all, it was an amazing day. I feel very fortunate to live in a country where I can participate in the political process.
If anyone is interested, a copy of the written testimony I submitted to the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee can be found on my other blog here: http://texaspersonhood.blogspot.com/2013/07/ground-zero.html