Texas Governor Signs Pro-Life ‘Heartbeat’ Bill into Law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law legislation banning abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected — at approximately the sixth week of pregnancy — making his state the largest in the nation to enact such a strict limit on abortion.

Don’t Turn Away From Suffering on Border, Urges Sister Norma Pimentel

In an opinion piece in The Washington Post daily newspaper, Sister Norma Pimentel, known for her work with migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border near Brownsville, Texas, made a public plea July 6 to keep an eye on the plight of asylum-seekers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Catholics Mark Anniversary of Child’s Death at Border

Catholics joined faith groups observing the first anniversary of the death of a 7-year-old girl who died under immigration detention in late 2018 and called attention to other children in similar circumstances. Jakelin Caal Maquin died in December 2018 at the El Paso Children’s Hospital in Texas of a bacterial infection and, at the time, she and her father were under detention by border agents.

US Bishops Condemn ‘Horrific Onslaughts’ After Texas Shooting

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Sept. 1 condemned the “horrific onslaughts” in its ninth response to gun violence this year in the aftermath of a mass shooting, this time following a shooting spree in West Texas that left seven people dead and more than 20 injured.