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A Note on Jeff Leach’s Status as a Pro-Lifer After Killing TX HB896

by James Silberman Read Profile arrow_right_alt

Since the story of Texas State Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano) killing the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act was published, many have expressed horror at Leach keeping abortion legal and opined that he is no longer pro-life. I disagree.

When you think of the pro-life movement, who do you think of? Probably National Right to Life, Abby Johnson, Live Action, March for Life, etc. These are the leaders of the movement. They get to define “pro-life.”

All of them, along with the majority of the other major pro-life organizations, have either been silent on Leach’s killing of the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act or supportive of it. Some of them oppose the bill because they think the Supreme Court is due their unconditional submission, some because they care more about federal programs than they do about ending abortion (article on this coming soon at The Resurgent), and some because they really don’t believe the preborn should be provided equal protection and justice under the law through abortion being criminalized – only that abortion should be “unthinkable.”

In killing the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act, Jeff Leach did not become an aberration in the pro-life movement – he became a star of it. He was saluted for killing the bill by Brian Fisher of Human Coalition, Abby Johnson of And Then There Were None, Jack Graham of PowerPoint Ministries, Texas Alliance for Life, Destiny Herndon De La Rosa of New Wave Feminists, Melissa Ohden, and others.

The statement in which Leach announced that the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act wouldn’t get a vote explained that he was preventing the abolition of abortion with the blessing of numerous pro-life leaders: “Trusted pro-life legislators and advocates agree with me that this bill moves our state and the pro-life cause in the wrong direction.” Leach delivering a death sentence to 110,000 preborn human beings was an evil thing to do, but he’s not being dishonest in his statement here. The pro-life cause, as defined by many leading pro-life politicians and organizations, does not include criminalizing abortion. (As explained in this article, abortion isn’t actually illegal if the parents who have their child killed have automatic immunity from legal penalty.)

Similar sentiment was expressed in Idaho a few weeks back when a pro-life State Senator said abolishing abortion would “destroy the pro-life movement.” These are not isolated incidents. Bills of abolition have now been effectively killed by pro-life politicians and lobbyists in four states. If pro-life leaders think abolishing abortion destroys the pro-life movement, we need to ask the question of whether their brand of activism is something that needs to be destroyed. At the very least, a serious reformation is in order.


To Learn more about abolitionism and the distinctions between it and the pro-life movement, see the two links below:

Immediate, Not Gradual Abolition of Abortion | The Resurgent

The Five Tenets of Abolitionism | Abolish Human Abortion

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