POSTED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 3:58pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 7:43am
AUSTIN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Senator Lucio Jr. released a statement on the filibuster stating, “Last night as the Senate deliberated Senate Bill 5, I voted in support of the bill and I voted in support of Sen. Wendy Davis' right to speak against it, voting against all procedural motions intended to prevent her from speaking. I would have done the same for any other member of the Senate. I respect the rules and traditions of the Senate and I do not believe they only apply when convenient.
“I support life at any stage of development, from conception to natural death. I support feeding hungry children, healthcare for all, social justice issues, and the life of a woman in instances of a critical medical emergency. I oppose funding cuts to health and human services, cuts to education, cuts to women's health services, and the death penalty. Being consistent doesn't mean "pro-life;" it means being pro-lifetime.
“I commend those of you that engaged in civil discourse on this matter. Your words are meaningful and contribute to the dialogue of this sensitive issue. I do not condone hate speech, vitriol, or threats on either side of this debate.
“Finally, although Senate Bill 5 did not prevail, I commend and admire Senator Wendy Davis on her resolve. We may have respectfully disagreed on this matter, but we are united in our belief that every issue and every person deserves to be heard.”