BY SR. MARGARET BULMER, CCVI
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston took a public stance against the death penalty in 2004. Since then we have held monthly prayer Vigil Services for those being executed in Texas, for victims of violence and the families of both. We published Choosing Mercy, an educational booklet on the death penalty.
Today in the U.S. there are 28 states that still legally uphold the death penalty. The most recent one to abolish the death penalty and the first Southern State was Virginia, with the state’s governor signing a bill to end the practice in March. Virginia was only second to Texas in leading the nation in executions.
Abolish the death penalty in Texas.
The Texas Coalition against the Death Penalty is actively involved with the Texas Legislature, which meets every other year for 140 days. The dedicated members of the Coalition Lobby Corps work to advance the legislative agenda to abolish the death penalty in Texas.
87th Texas Legislature
Bills to abolish the death penalty have been filed in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate for consideration in the 87thLegislture: HR 215 (House Bill) and SB 188 (Senate Bill). Several other bills related to the death penalty have been filed. We will have opportunities to have our voices heard by our elected officials. Stay tuned!