This past legislative session, a schism emerged in Texas' pro-life movement. Suddenly, some of the state's staunchest abortion opponents, including many who helped shepherd Texas' sweeping crackdown on the procedure into law, found themselves tarred as anti-life.
The reason? They supported a bill to reform end-of-life care. The measure, which ultimately failed, would have given patients and their families additional time and resources for finding other treatment and filing an appeal process when a health care provider decides to withdraw life-sustaining treatment they deem medically futile.
John Carona, the Republican state senator from Dallas, was among those targeted by Texas Right to Life, one of the state's leading pro-life groups and the leader of the crusade against the measure. He scored an underwhelming 63 percent on the group's influential legislative scorecard.
And how does Carona feel about having his pro-life bonafides called into question, thus giving his challenger in the upcoming Republican primary additional ammunition for painting him as a moderate squish?
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"This woman is evil," he told The Dallas Morning News, referring to Texas Right to Life director Elizabeth Graham, "and I really believe that." She's used her group's clout not so much to promote pro-life issues as to turn lawmakers into her puppets.
In any case, we'll take Carona's side in this fight. The man has built a business and legislative career on questionable ethical practices. He'll know when he's staring true evil in the face.
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