'I Know My Life Is Worth It,' Man with No Arms Testifies in Texas Abortion Bill Debate

Tim Johnston
By Tim Johnston | July 9, 2013 | 3:16 PM EDT

One aspect of the whole abortion debate in Texas that hasn't seen much coverage is the presence of something called the "Fetal Abnormalities Exemption" in H.B. 2, which would nullify the bill in cases where there was a supposed "severe abnormality" and, thereby, allow abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

During a July 2, 2013 House State Affairs committee hearing on the bill, Chet McDoniel, a fetal abnormality himself as he was born without arms and with shortened legs, took the stand and explained why this part of the bill should be removed.  "The United States claims that all life is created equal, but by allowing euthanasia of the disabled in the womb, we contradict our own Declaration," he said.

McDoniel said that, every time he comes home and his wife and kids greet him, "I know that my life is worth it."