The blocking of the abolition bill (HB896) in Texas in the spring of 2019 is covered in The Pro-life Movement is Keeping Abortion Legal, but I thought it was worthy of its own article. In particular, Rep. Jeff Leach who is ultimately responsible for killing HB896, has been pushing his “pro-life” status consistently on social media and is being propped up as a “pro-life champion” by Texas pro-life groups. The hypocrisy and audacity of such activity by a professing Christian pro-life legislator must be documented and exposed.
Overview of Events Around HB896
HB896 was publicly supported by hundreds of people who showed up to testify for it late into the night. Despite this support, GOP pro-life legislator Jeff Leach blocked the bill from even going forward to a vote.
Since ~55,000 babies are murdered every year in Texas and it will be 2 years before another abolition bill can be introduced, ~110,000 babies will be murdered in Texas because of pro-life legislator Jeff Leach. In the end, Jeff decided it was better for pre-born babies to be murdered in Texas than to have equal protection under the law against those who try to murder them. He considers that position a “commitment to advancing life”.
But note, he says that “trusted pro-life legislators and advocates agree” with him. Who all this includes we do not know for sure, but we do know that he was supported by Texas Alliance for Life and his Southern Baptist pastor Jack Graham (and former SBC President).
Other Texas pro-lifers like Abby Johnson, Brian Fisher of Human Coalition, and Texans for Life also publicly opposed the bill (documentation here). The lack of support from other GOP legislators and groups like Texas Right for Life is also worth highlighting. All of these people have blood on their heads.
Pro-life Posturing, Awards, and Rallies
Let’s look more closely as some of the unrighteous “alliances” in Texas. Texas Alliance for Life (TAL) is a pro-life lobby group who seems to work closely with Rep. Jeff Leach. Their stated opposition to HB896 was repeated by Leach when he blocked the bill from moving forward.
Very soon after killing HB896, Leach and TAL put forward a Born Alive Act (HB16) for Texas as a way to try and save face. Of course, it was already illegal to kill a born baby in TX and stats show that no babies have been born alive after an abortion in Texas since at least 2013, but Leach and TAL didn’t let that stop them. TAL even put out a whole article about their “pro-life champion” Jeff Leach. Unfortunately for them, the people of Texas and abolitionists aren’t so easily fooled.
But TAL and Jeff continued with their pro-life marketing. The man who should be ashamed to show his face in public for blocking abolition was given a “Courageous Defense of Life Award” by TAL in October 2019. And in January of 2020, Leach was the speaker at the Texas Rally for Life.
Leach also showed up to the 2020 March for Life, sharing videos and pictures with his pastor Jack Graham, who supported him “1000 percent” in killing the Texas abolition bill which would have ended baby murder there.
Irony and hypocrisy are clearly missing from Jeff’s vocubulary:
Please note, Jeff is up for re-election and is currently supported by the Texas GOP. With friends like Jeff, TAL, Abby Johnson, Jack Graham, the Texas GOP and other pro-lifers in Texas, who needs enemies? If we want to see abortion abolished in Texas and the rest of the country, we must continue to expose and dismantle this compromised movement.
As Christians hold Jeff accountable online for promoting how pro-life he is despite killing an abolition bill, he responds by calling them trolls. The man is shameless – let’s keep holding accountable. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter.
Texas Republican Support of Abolition
Watch Jeff Leach in action: