UPDATE: Earlier today, Texas Politics reported that Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, had some strong words for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s reluctance to acknowledge he hoped to ban all abortions in Texas. Patrick, of course, is challenging Dewhurst in 2014, hoping to win the lieutenant governor’s office.
This afternoon, Kyleen Wright, president of the Texans for Life Committee, came to Dewhurst’s defense in an emailed statement:
“Texas is on the verge of passing some of the most effective pro-life legislation in our history. How disappointing that a sitting senator choose this moment to attack Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst, the leader who has helped forge the strongest, most unified approach to this issue we have ever seen. Senator Patrick should at least put aside his political campaign long enough to help us get this bill across the finish line.”
Put aside his political campaign? A bit of unintended irony since Democrats believe the entire abortion bill was engineered to bolster Dewhurst’s political standing with social conservatives. Should we expect campaigning to disappear from the Texas Capitol? When pigs fly.
After a press conference featuring conservative lawmakers and activists, Houston Republican Sen. Dan Patrick said his goal is to “end abortion” and chastised Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for ducking that same question during the presser.
“When you ask the question of someone, ‘do you want to end abortion’, if you’re pro-life and you value life, you should be able to answer that question pretty clearly,” said Patrick, who has his eyes on the Lieutenant Governor seat. “I didn’t hear a clear answer, I heard hesitation… The Lieutenant Governor did not answer that question.
I was stunned when the Lieutenant Governor could not answer that question,” Patrick said. “I’m not ashamed, I don’t apologize, I don’t back pedal to say I want to end abortion… That was a stunning moment to me not to be able to answer that basic question.”
I asked the original question in the press conference, which featured former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, of Dewhurst after a pastor said, “(House Bill 2) is a small, important step to the end of abortion… Abortion began in Texas, and I pray that it ends in Texas.”
Audio below features my question, followed by Dewhurst’s “hesitation”, as Patrick labeled it. Dewhurst never answered “yes” or “no.”
Dewhurst contends the package of abortion restrictions are strictly about women’s health, however, a tweet he posted last month bragged about the measure closing down abortion clinics.