April 25, 2011
Will Wanting The “Perfect” Defeat The “Excellent”?
Deadline To Pass Bills Quickly Approaching — Not A Single Bill Has Yet Passed The Texas Legislature And Gone To The Governor For Signing!
May 12, 2011 is the last day to pass House bills under the current rules, although those rules may change. At this point in the Legislative Session, because of the rigorous nature of the process, many bills will have little or no chance of passing, UNLESS grassroots pro-lifers become engaged NOW. Many good bills are still in Committee or have not had a hearing as of yet. If a bill has not cleared a Committee in at least the House or the Senate, time is running out.
There has not been a single pro-life bill pass both chambers and go to the Governor — a real blot on the Republican-controlled legislature! We have a harder job in the Senate in most cases because we have fewer pro-life votes there than in the House. There is much that needs the pro-life grassroots involvement to make it happen!
PLEASE HELP WITH THE FOUR ACTION ITEMS below. Note: Republicans are shown in RED, Democrats in BLUE.
YOUR Help Needed to Finally Pass Sonogram Bill!
A few in the pro-life movement are critical of this bill as it’s not “perfect.” But few bills are perfect and so must be tweaked in future legislative sessions. CSHB 15 isn’t perfect, but it’s an EXCELLENT bill which, according to a former abortion provider, will save about 40,000 babies annually in Texas. (If you would like specifics on its excellent points, please click here.) Should we disregard those 40,000 while we futilely attempt to get a “perfect” bill?
Don’t Let Wanting The “Perfect” Defeat The “Excellent”!
Pro-lifers MUST come together and support this bill. It probably will come to the Senate floor Tuesday or Wednesday IF 21 senators vote to allow it to do so. Then it will pass the Senate IF there are a majority of senators voting in favor of it. This is by no means a done deal! The first — and most difficult — hurdle is to get it on the Senate floor. YOUR help is needed NOW to do this!
- This new version is a hybrid of the previously passed House and Senate bills and is stronger than either of those versions.
- Abby Johnson, the former director of the Bryan, TX Planned Parenthood abortion facility, says CSHB 15 will “devastate” the abortion industry in Texas.
- HERE is a link to the very impressive list of more than 100 pro-life leaders, pastors, churches, and organizations that support CSHB 15.
ACTION #1: PLEASE PHONE YOUR STATE SENATOR TODAY AND ASK HIM/HER TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICAL BABY-SAVING BILL — CSHB 15.
You can reach your senator through the Capitol Switchboard at 512-463-4630. Give your address, and you will be transferred to the correct senator’s office. Also, you can get your senator’s contact information at this website: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
Help Needed for Pro-life Legislation Sitting
in House Calendars Committee
SB 257, HB 238 – Choose Life License Plate — The House Transportation Committee voted out the Senate’s Choose Life license plate bill, SB 257, by Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas), last week. When that bill comes up, SB 257 will be substituted for the House bill 238 (a common parliamentary technique). Then the House can pass the Senate bill and sent it directly to the Governor’s desk. These license plates raise public consciousness for Life and, additionally, proceeds from the sale of these plates will benefit non-profit organizations which provide services to pregnant women considering the loving option of adoption rather than abortion. (More information is at the Texas Choose Life website: http://www.txchoose-life.org.)
HB 561 – Ban on Hospital Districts from Paying for Abortions — The House State Affairs Committee voted out HB 561, by Rep. Wayne Christian (R-Center), to ban a hospital district from paying for elective abortion. This bill has not yet been set to go to the full House.
ACTION #2: If any member of the Calendars Committee is yours, please contact him/her and ask that HB 238 and HB 651 be sent to the House floor as soon as possible, hopefully next week. All pro-lifers should contact the Chair, Rep. Todd Hunter with this request. Call the main Capitol Switchboard at 512-463-0600 and ask for your Representative’s office (or any other legislative office). Other members are: Vice Chair Rep. Dennis Bonnen, Rep. Dan Branch, Rep. Garnet F. Coleman, Rep. Byron Cook, Rep. Charlie Geren, Rep. Jim Keffer, Rep. Tracy O. King, Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst, Rep. Eddie Lucio III, Rep. Allan Ritter, Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, Rep. Burt R. Solomons, Rep. Vicki Truitt, and Rep. John Zerwas. Remember, May 12 is the last day to pass House bills under the current rules! Don’t let the Democrats “chub” away good pro-life bills again!
Pro-Life Bill Still Awaiting Committee Hearing
- HB 2787, by Rep. Jim Landtroop (R-Plainview) Relating to emergency services for licensed abortion facilities. Similar bills have been very successful in reducing abortions in such states as LA and MO. This bill has been assigned to Public Health Committee, hearing requested more than a month ago but not yet scheduled. Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst is the Chair; committee members include: Vice Chair Rep. Elliott Naishtat, Rep. Carol Alvarado, Rep. Garnet F. Coleman, Rep. Sarah Davis, Rep. Veronica Gonzales, Rep. Susan King, Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, Rep. Charles Schwertner, Rep. Vicki Truitt, and Rep. John Zerwas. To phone, call the Capitol Switchboard at 512-463-0600 and ask to be connected to your Representative. (They will connect you with the right one if you give them your address.)
ACTION #3: If any member of the Public Health Committee is yours, please contact him/her and ask that HB 2787 BE SCHEDULED FOR A HEARING NO LATER THAN NEXT WEEK. All pro-lifers should contact the Chair, Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst with this request. Call the main Capitol Switchboard at 512-463-0600 and ask for her office (or any other legislative office.)
Budget Amendment Defunding
Planned Parenthood to be Debated in Senate
HB 1 – Non-Medicaid Family Planning Amendment — As early as Wednesday, the full Senate will debate the version of the budget, HB 1, adopted by the Senate Finance Committee. That version has the pro-life amendment by Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) that will exclude Planned Parenthood from family planning grants under the Department of State Health Services, an estimated $12 million per year. The amendment excludes Planned Parenthood by prioritizing family planning funding to those organizations that offer “comprehensive primary and preventative care” in addition to family planning, a level of care that Planned Parenthood is unwilling or unable to offer to women and families. Republican Senators should be supporting this amended budget.
ACTION #4: Urge your Senator to support this amendment when voting on the State Budget.
Learn More About Tax Funding To Planned Parenthood
For more information on Planned Parenthood and its taxpayer funding, please request a FREE copy of the RNC for Life Report. If you are not getting this printed quarterly report and would like a FREE copy of it, please click here to receive one. You will learn about what various states are doing to promote Life and about Planned Parenthood’s shocking ultimate goals.