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GUEST VIEW: Taking action to protect life

State Rep. Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties.

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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 5:00 am

Earlier this month, I was humbled to receive the Courageous Defense of Life award for my work on the Down Syndrome Information Act from the pro-life advocacy group Texas Alliance for Life. While it was a distinct honor to receive the award, I accepted it knowing that it takes all of us who are part of this movement to courageously defend every human life.

Personally, my pro-life legislative efforts began with my Aunt Phyllis. Anyone who has met Phyllis has immediately found her to be vibrant, caring, full of life, upbeat and kind.

One of the many ways that my Aunt Phyllis is unique is that she was born with Down Syndrome in 1964, but more importantly, she has experienced the blessing of life in spite of her diagnosis.

Many parents, when faced with a Down syndrome diagnosis, lack the information that could help them make an informed decision. Sadly, reports have shown that parents are commonly discouraged from choosing life for their child, and may be encouraged to terminate the pregnancy instead.

This terrible reality, combined with my knowledge of incredible people, like my Aunt Phyllis, led me to file the Down Syndrome Information Act. The law passed as an amendment to another bill and requires the state to provide evidence-based information to expectant parents so that they can better understand exactly what a Down syndrome diagnosis means. It also furthers our state’s commitment to a policy of life by prohibiting the materials from presenting abortion as an option.

From the conception to the grave, we must consistently advocate for statewide policies that encourage life and enhance its quality.

And we must do so in greater ways because providing only lip service to the cause of life would be a great injustice. That’s why I’m proud that, in Texas, we take action to protect life.

Our purpose is clear: all children conceived in our time shall be granted the gift of freedom itself. I firmly believe that the pro-life motto, “My generation will end abortion,” will see reality in my lifetime.

I will continue to work until that dream comes true.

God bless Texas!

State Rep. Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in his hometown of Odessa with his wife, Shelby, and their daughter, Hollis Rose. He works as a cattle rancher and practices law at the firm of Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Baxter, P.C. in Odessa. An Eagle Scout, Landgraf is also active in several local nonprofits.

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