A culture of death is stalking our nation. Yet as some states work to expand assisted suicide, make abortion limitless (and free), and to ensure that children are able to be sterilized with surgeries and hormone treatments, Texas is creating—and celebrating—a culture of life.

In some states, activists are working to expand physician-assisted suicide laws to cover more and more potential suicides. New Jersey, for example, has an assisted suicide law, but it’s restricted to residents of the state. That law led a Pennsylvania woman to file a lawsuit demanding access to the “service.” One New Jersey doctor supports her fight against the residency law.

“It discriminates against people based on their residency,” that physician told CBS News. “It may exclude a lot of people who would otherwise benefit and want to participate.”

A couple of points here; this argument flips the script completely, by making assisted suicide a right, and any denial of access to a quick death is considered discrimination; this turns the Declaration’s self-evident truth and unalienable right—the right to life—upside down.

Canada has succumbed to the fiction of euthanasia—a “good death.” What began as a seemingly compassionate program has been expanded beyond just the terminally ill it was supposed to assist.

The BBC reports that “some Canadians have opted for assisted death, at least in part because they could not afford adequate housing…” This has led to fears that people will feel compelled to accept state-administered suicide “because of poverty, lack of housing, or extreme loneliness.”

That’s happening now; a Canadian woman, 47, who suffers from eating disorders. She’s not eligible for Canada’s assisted suicide program yet, but she will be when new rules go into effect in March; then, mental illness will be a qualifying condition.

Who benefits from this? Insurers (which in Canada means the government). The Canada law is a model for states such as New Jersey, Oregon and California. And disability groups are now suing California over its law, fearing that it will be abused to kill off people who aren’t terminal—merely expensive.

Some states are also working to ensure that no limits are placed on abortion.

“They want no limit—ever—on abortion,” U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, tweeted recently when Vice President Kamala Harris refused to say when a baby is a human being, worthy of protection. In fact, many Democrats say even Roe v. Wade didn’t go far enough.

“We’ve romanticized Roe, but it was the bare minimum,” one abortion-rights advocate told NBC News. “The message works: Don’t trample on my freedom to make decisions about my body. Period. End of discussion.”

Some states are seeking to export their culture of death by promoting abortion tourism. New York has a website set up with abortion tourism info, and the page includes a quick “exit” mode to hide the page. “You can get an abortion regardless of your immigration status, even if you do not have insurance,” the state promises.

Even the Department of Defense is spending taxpayer funds to send service women to other states for abortions.

Not to pick on California, but that state is also leading the way in the sterilization of children. It now punishes parents who don’t get fully onboard with gender ideology or even who simply worry about their child’s mental health. And it’s billing itself as a “refuge for transgender health care.”

Already, the lawsuits have started.

Yet in Texas, a very different culture is being created. Here, the Texas Legislature passed bipartisan legislation to protect children from experimental hormone treatments and surgeries, to  ban abortions, and to ensure that moms and babies have access to medical care and other needed assistance.

These are the truly compassionate approaches. While other states are learning just how empty the promises of the Affordable Care Act are, Texas has focused on delivering care, not simply coverage.

Our Legislature has also increased funding for public education and worked to ensure that schools view parents not as obstacles to be overcome, but as the ultimate decisions makers for their children’s education. In fact, Texas is spending more money on public education than it ever has. According to state data, funding has increased by 51% over the last decade, far outpacing the 7% growth in student attendance. And last spring, lawmakers passed the largest education funding increase in state history.

And Dallas has become the nation’s model for effective policing—not defunding the police and leaving entire communities at the mercy of predators. Crime is falling, and families feel safer to live their lives and pursue their dreams.

Perhaps the exception can help prove the rule. Austin, the Lone Star State’s outlier, is just “a few years” behind San Francisco in its culture of death—from rising crime to homelessness to open air drug markets to opioid and fentanyl deaths on the streets. But that’s Austin; last year, one Texas lawmaker offered a bill to dissolve the city of Austin and create a District of Austin—much like the District of Columbia. It didn’t go anywhere, but it demonstrates how the rest of Texas sees the issue; the wages of woke are death.

America is on two very different paths right now. One pathway leads to death at the altar of progressive bona fides; the other Texas-led path leads to a culture that celebrates every human being as someone made in the image of God.