TEXAS: Rep. Byron Cook Ignores Cries of Abolition
You’re hurting your cause by not speaking on this bill. You will have plenty of time to speak on other bills, but this is not the time to get off message.
So said Texas Representative Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, visibly showing his frustration with citizens who showed up to a committee hearing on March 8th to both testify against House Bill 35, which would require burial or cremation of babies murdered by abortion, and to speak up in favor of House Bill 948.
“Truly, we’ve got to stick to this bill. If you can’t, we’re going to have to ask you not to come up and testify,” he said. “This bill is good, If it’s not good, then tell us what’s wrong with this bill.”
House Bill 35 was authored by Representative Cook.
Abolitionists from all over the state showed up to testify that what’s wrong with HB 35 is that it is not HB 948, known as the “Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act”, which would treat abortion as murder in the state of Texas, as opposed to a bill regulating the disposal of murder victims.
“Ban abortion, and the problem of what to do with the victims’ remains goes away” said one abolitionist waiting to testify. “This is strange behavior for someone who’s party has adopted an abolitionist plank. How does regulating a crime help to abolish it?” he added.
According to TheLiberator.news, Molly Goodson, a Texan opposed to HB 35, said in her testimony: “If our victims could speak today, they would scream to us to save them, rather than bury them. I protest this bill, in favor of the one that actually ends the murder and saves the babies.”
HB-948 has been assigned to the State Affairs Committee in Texas that is chaired by Representative Byron Cook, so it’s up to Chairman Cook to decide whether or not the bill gets a hearing. Not only has he denied it thus far, but it appears he has gone so far as to have the opposition arrested in an attempt to quiet things down.
“We would LOVE to speak on other bills, Mr. Chairman, but you are wrong. We will NOT have plenty of time to speak on ‘other bills’ because you won’t give said bills a hearing. The Republican Party is watching. The grassroots are watching. Your constituents are watching. And most importantly, God is watching. And you refuse to send the one bill we all are demanding to a hearing. We have a message for you, Mr. Chairman. We the people DEMAND abolition, and we DEMAND a hearing for HB 948!” proclaimed Caleb Head, a Texas abolitionist who testified at the hearing later commented on Cooks statements, as reported by The Liberator.
Contact Chairman Byron Cook to encourage him to give a hearing for HB-948 at 512-463-0730 or at the House Committee on State Affairs at 512-463-0814.