Texas Stands Up To Washington, Planned Parenthood

March 1, 2012

Last week, the Texas Health & Human Services Commissioner Tom Suehs, Gov. Rick Perry, and Attorney General Greg Abbott all stood tall against Planned Parenthood and the Obama administration on the issue of use of taxpayer funds for the Woman’s Health Program (WHP) in Texas by abortion providers.

As a result of legislation passed in Texas in 2011, which Liberty Institute was instrumental in supporting, Planned Parenthood will effectively be defunded of taxpayer dollars from the WHP in March of 2012, as there are numerous other healthcare providers in Texas that can meet the needs of Texas women without having an abortion connection dragging them down.  At least 11 Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas have already closed as a result. The feds have threatened to shut down the WHP completely if Planned Parenthood is not included in the program.  Sounds like the feds care more about playing politics than meeting the needs of women.  As Texas has done time and time again, our leaders stood tall against another attempted Washington, D.C. takeover.

Take Action! Please send Gov. Perry an email thanking him for his support on this issue! The abortion supporters are flooding the Governor’s office so our side needs to show up!  You can thank the Governor here.

Watch Our Video on Texas Sonogram Case Victory!!

January 12, 2012


By the way, big thanks goes to Attorney General Greg Abbott and Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell for doing an excellent job defending the Texas Sonogram law!!

Travis County Ends Taxpayer Funded Abortions

August 15, 2011

Late last week, board members of Central Health (formerly Travis County Healthcare District) voted unanimously to end using $450,000 of taxpayer money annually to fund abortion. Travis County was the first Texas county to use taxpayer money for abortion, which it distributed to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood.

During the Texas Legislative Session, Liberty Institute worked on and supported a bill that passed, ending state funding for healthcare districts that use taxpayer money to pay for abortions. Existing law prevented federal and state-level taxpayer funding for abortion, but this law closes the loophole to make sure that no taxpayer money in the State of Texas funds abortion.

While this is a great step forward for life in Austin, the war continues nationwide as the Obama administration continues to expand abortion services covered under insurance, including several controversial birth control medications.

Texas Legislators Stand for Sonogram Law

August 5, 2011

Today, on behalf of Texas Senator Dan Patrick and Texas Representative Sid Miller, Liberty Institute filed an amicus brief in the lawsuit seeking to strike down Texas’ new sonogram law (HB 15).  Senator Patrick and Representative Miller were the authors of HB 15 in the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives, respectively.  Liberty Institute argues that HB 15 is consistent with Supreme Court and only requires the disclosure of truthful and accurate information to allow women to make informed decisions regarding their pregnancies.

“For years, women have been shielded from relevant information about their unborn child and the abortion procedure by abortionists who make money off of these women’s decisions,” said Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO for Liberty Institute. “This lawsuit seeks to ensure less information for women and is a sad attempt to continue the practice of blindfolding women who are considering abortion. Women should have a right to see the sonogram of their child.”

HB 15, which requires doctors or certified sonographers to perform a sonogram on women seeking an abortion at least 24 hours before the procedure, was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry on May 24, and is set to go into effect September 1. A federal court held a hearing on the law in July, but gave no indication of how it would rule.

“The sonogram brings Texas’ outdated informed consent laws into the 21st century by reflecting advances in sonogram technology and related fields,” said Sen. Patrick (R-Houston).  “Women must be given complete information about their pregnancies before making a life-changing choice regarding abortion.

“Just as doctor gives medically-relevant explanation of his or her patient’s condition before even a minor procedure, an abortion provider should offer such information to women seeking abortions,” said Rep. Miller (R-Stephenville). “This law protects Texans and empowers women with the critical and important information they need before making such a life-altering decision.”

Read the legislators’ amicus brief in Texas Medical Professionals Performing Abortion Services v. Lakey


Texas Bill Prevents Taxpayer Funded Abortions, By Hospital District Governmental Entity

March 15, 2011

HB 561 was heard in House State Affairs last night.  We testified in favor of this bill.  See Rep. Christian’s statement on this issue.

Choose Life License Plate Passes Full Senate

March 15, 2011

SB 257 passes the full Texas Senate, 21-10.  We’ve been supporting this bill in the Senate and House.

Live Blogging-House Sonogram Debate & Vote

March 2, 2011

Sonogram bill being referred back to State Affairs, back to Calendars, and then on the floor again tomorrow morning at 10 am.  Still time to call your Representative.

Point of order raised and overruled. Another point of order raised.

Rep. Jessica Farrar speaking against the bill.

Rep. Sid Miller has laid out his sonogram bill, H.B. 15. Rep. Carol Alvarado expressing her apparent opposition to the bill.

Point of order raised and overruled.  Another point of order raised.  Rep. Sid Miller pulls the bill down, and recommits it to the State Affairs.  Not sure, but looks like there was an issue regarding something during the House State Affairs hearing on HB 15.  Appears House State Affairs will hear the bill this afternoon again, vote it out quickly, and HB 15 will be on the House floor again tomorrow for a vote. We’ll keep you posted.

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