June 22, 2011
See Action Needed Below!
Last week, we alerted you to the political “back story” that is taking place in Austin as the Democrats and some misguided Republicans are coalescing to try and kill SB7, the bill to totally defund Planned Parenthood and its affiliates from Texas tax monies.
Their last ditch effort will take place on Friday, June 24, and your help is critical right now!
Some normally pro-life Republicans think that some language in SB7 isn’t quite the way they’d like it. So they have a scheme to vote with the Democrats to defeat the bill, return it to conference Committee and then somehow force the Committee to change the wording. Problem is, the bill’s House author, Rep. John Zerwas, isn’t the one pushing for this scheme, and he would prefer to just pass the bill as it is, since it’s a very strong and excellent piece of legislation.
A single pro-life group is pushing legislators to go along with this risky scheme, while the majority of the other pro-life groups prefer a vote for the bill as it is now written.
This distraction has been very hard on pro-lifers in the Texas House; many are confused as to what the REAL pro-life vote would be. Please help get the real pro-life message to them. Trying to recommit the bill to conference committee is a dangerous game of Russian roulette, and the babies are who will pay the price when the scheme fails.
ACTION: Find Your Member of the Texas House AND also phone their Austin office through the main switchboard at 512/463-4630. If you have their district office number, please call it as well! They will NOT get another chance to completely defund Planned Parenthood! A NO VOTE ON SB7 IS A VOTE TO CONTINUE FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD!
Here is what you should remind your House member: The main thing that pro-life Republicans need to remember is that a vote for SB7 will always be a Pro-Life vote; however, a vote against SB7 will always be an Anti-Life vote, and it is likely that the anti-life vote will never have the opportunity to be overturned.
Please call your state Representative NOW and urge him/her to stand for life and VOTE YES ON SB7 when it comes to the House floor on Friday. Thanks so much!