Texas has long been a role model for life. Former Governor Rick Perry was a staunch defender of the unborn, and Governor Greg Abbott follows his predecessor with a similar, unwavering defense.

In a time which clearly praises the devaluing of life, and refuses to assign personhood to the unique individuals growing inside of wombs, legislative measures that alleviate taxpayers from participating in the horrific abortion industry are encouraging to see.

On Tuesday, Governor Abbott signed HB 214, a bill that addresses insurance coverage for elective abortions.

Life News reports, emphasis mine:

Abbott signed House Bill 214 (HB 214) that will protect Texans from paying for the abortions of others through their tax dollars and health insurance premiums. The bill limits insurance coverage for abortion procedures. Under this new law Texans will not be forced to pay for elective abortions through their insurance plans. This legislation is an important piece of the Governor’s pro-life agenda that has been championed by Sen. Brandon Creighton and Rep. John Smithee this special session.

“As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child,” said Governor Abbott in a statement to LifeNews. “This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions. I am grateful to the Texas legislature for getting this bill to my desk, and working to protect innocent life this special session.”

As expected, backlash came from pro-aborts who claimed Abbott was against reproductive rights! And against freedom!

Those backward Texans.

What strange reactions to increasing the freedoms of taxpayers who prefer not to be roped in to subsidizing murder of the unborn through their insurance premiums. And here I thought the pro-aborts were all about “choice”? Odd.

If they wish, females in Texas are still free to hand up to $1,500 to Planned Parenthood for first trimester abortions. After all, we’re told that is empowerment and caring about women, or something.

I applaud Governor Abbott for his strong stance, and Senator Brandon Creighton and Representative John Smithee for their work to see this through to Tuesday’s signing day.

God bless Texas.