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AUSTIN, Texas — More than 70,000 petitions calling for the governor of Texas to make outlawing abortion an “emergency item” for the new legislative session were delivered to Gov. Greg Abbott’s on Monday. However, the governor did not mention the issue of abortion at all during his “State of the State” address on Tuesday, but rather chose five other emergency items as his focus.
“Over 70,000 petitions have been signed over the last 39 days,” announced Bradley Pierce of Abolish Abortion Texas during a press conference. “90 percent of those are Texans. … The last four days, more than 4,000 people a day have been signing this petition.”
As previously reported, last June, Gov. Abbott called Jeremiah Thomas, a 16-year-old boy who was fighting osteoblastic osteosarcoma, as Thomas wanted to talk to Abbott about passing a bill to abolish abortion in the state of Texas as his dying wish. Thomas died in August.
“For my wish, I wanted to talk to you and discuss a bill of abolition,” he explained, while speaking from his hospital room at McLane Children’s Hospital. “[W]e want you to treat abortion like an act of murder that should be punished by law.”
“I know that it must be difficult standing against a whole federal beast that forces abortion on us, but I think that we … could end abortion here and now,” Thomas said.
Abbott’s response made Thomas smile. He noted that the Texas Republican party platform expresses a
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