May 31, 2011
Planned Parenthood Fights to Regain Texas Funding
(NOTE: this is a special alert for Texans, so if you know someone in Texas, please forward to them! Thanks!)
Due to a Democrat filibuster in the last minutes of the Texas legislative session Monday night, the perfecting language in the bill which will finish the defunding both to Planned Parenthood and its “share-the-tax-funds”affiliates was not fully incorporated into the bill.
Pro-life Sen. Jane Nelson, who headed the conference committee for the final version of this legislation, is mighty unhappy that the language defunding both Planned Parenthood and its affiliates wasn’t properly corrected in the bill’s printed version, but since the bill didn’t pass the Texas House in time to go to the Governor for signature, there is yet another chance to pass the perfected language and defund Texas Planned Parenthood!
Now that pro-life Gov. Rick Perry has called a special session starting TODAY in order to finish mandatory budget matters by the Texas legislators, he has included this issue to the agenda so that the Planned Parenthood And Its Affiliates’ Medicaid Funding can be diverted, as we discussed in last week’s special alert. (For details on SB 23, click here.) Sen. Nelson, the third longest-serving member of the Texas Senate, is determined to help enact the perfecting amendment language offered by one of the newest members of the legislature, pro-life freshman Rep. Jim Landtroop and she is sponsoring the new, corrected bill SB 7.
But once again, YOUR HELP IS NEEDED to divert these millions of tax dollars from Texas’ largest abortion provider to other health care facilities through a prioritizing plan which excludes PP and its affiliates. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has notified the Governor that during the special session, only a simple majority will be needed to pass legislation, rather than the 2/3 required during a regular session. So WE CAN DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD through SB 7 with enough grassroots support! With your help, we passed the strongest sonogram bill in the country. Now, let’s take away tax dollars from the state’s largest abortion provider.
ACTION: Call your State Senator and Representative TODAY! 512/463-4630 is the main Capitol switchboard for any Senator or Representative. (Just give your address and they will connect you to the right offices.) Urge him/her to support SB 7.
Many legislative offices are keeping track of calls for and against PP funding, so please make your voice heard!
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