Action Alert!! We Need Calls/Emails: Religion, Babies, & Taxes!!

May 21, 2009

1.  Don McLeroy, State Board of Education member, needs your help to be CONFIRMED as chairman of the SBOE, which requires a 2/3rds of the 31 Texas State Senators to vote in favor of him.  His nomination as chairman was approved yesterday bythe Senate Nominations committee. Don McLeroy has been unfairly attacked by some because of his PERSONAL religious beliefs as a Christian.  He’s even been attacked for religious statements he’s made while at church!  CALL YOUR STATE SENATOR today and tell he or she to REJECT a Religious Test and please Support Don McLeroy!

Click here to find your State Senator http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

The Ultrasound Bill, the Texas House State Affairs Committee passed SB 182 passed it, the Ultrasound bill, yesterday!  The bill will now go to the Calendars Committee and then to full House for a vote.  Please call the Calendars Committee.  

TAXES: We still need action to oppose SB 855, as it will be voted on by the full House tomorrow!  This is the transportation tax bill that will have the effect of raising gas taxes by 125%.  Call (512) 463-4630 now and ask for your House member and tell him or her you oppose SB 855.

SB 1569 is also before the House for a vote today, regarding acceptance of federal stimulus money, if Texas expands unemployment insurance to part-time employees.


SBOE Attack Vote Should Come Today, Infanticide Draws More Scrutiny

May 5, 2009

HB 710, which strips voters from of their role as deciding who is doing the best job of representing them at the State Board of Education, has still not been voted on by the House, and should come up for a vote today.

I have talked to many, many legislators and all have said they will vote “NO” on this bill. Also, we circulated a “VOTE NO ON HB 710” flyer to all House members on Saturday and Monday.

Keep the calls going and spread the word.  We are definitely making progress. One legislator told me this morning-“yes, we are getting the calls!”  He’s a “NO” on this bill, by the way.

INFANTICIDE BILL GETS MEDIA COVERAGE AFTER IT PASSES COMMITTEE

See our quotes in the AAS article.http://www.statesman.com/news/content/region/legislature/stories/05/05/0505infanticide.html

Also, the ACLU of Texas registerd “FOR” this bill.


Breaking-‘Choose Life’ To Be Voted on By Senate Today-Watch for Live Blog Updates on Vote

April 29, 2009

Action Item! ‘Choose Life’ Plate Could Get Senate Vote This Week! Call your Senator!

April 28, 2009

The Texas Senate just cleared the way for the full Texas Senate to vote on the “Choose Life” license plate bill, SB 1098!  It could be voted on as early as Wednesday!  The “Choose Life” license plate bill would create a new specialty plate that would help will raise funds to promote adoption by equipping pregnancy resource centers and other pro-life organizations to offer this life-giving option to women as a compassionate alternative to abortion.  This bill also allows Texans to display the pro-life message “Choose Life” on their license plate!  We are still waiting for the bill to come out of the House Transportation Committee, but we hope that a quick vote by the Senate will encourage the House to speed up the process!

You can make a difference! Call your Senator now!


Choose Life License Plate Bill Passes Senate Committee

April 21, 2009

Minutes ago, the Texas Senate Health & Human Services Committee, passed the Choose Life License Plate bill, SB 1098 by Sen. John Carona, out of committee by a vote of 6-1.  This bill is now on its way to a vote by the full Senate.  The companion bill in the House is HB 109, by Rep. Larry Phillips.

Statement of Free Market Foundation:

“We applaud the leadership of this committee to uphold the free speech rights of citizens to proudly display the message ‘Choose Life.’  Efforts to censor this free speech right by our opponents is a clear constitutional violation,” said Jonathan Saenz, Attorney & Director of Legislative Affairs, Free Market Foundation, who testified in favor of the bill this morning.


De-Fund Planned Parenthood

April 16, 2009

Please call your State House Representative and ask he/she to SUPPORT  the Chisum Amendment to Rider 56 to the State Budget.  The State Budget will be voted on tomorrow.  This amendment will drastically reduce funding for Planned Parenthood for “family planning” activities.  Planned Parenthood was recently issued “Cease and Desist” orders for illegally operating 4 unlicensed abortion clinics in Texas.   Please help us send a message that Planned Parenthood is irresponsible and as such should be be denied funding.

Click here to contact your State Representative. http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/


State Orders Cease & Desist Against Illegal Planned Parenthood Facilities in Texas

April 14, 2009

Click here for letter from State Department of Health  dshs-cease-desist-letter 

Free Market Foundation
MEDIA ALERT

Texas Stops Illegal Abortions at Unlicensed Planned Parenthood Facilities
Free Market Praises Leadership of State Representatives

AUSTIN, Texas – In a press conference today at 2 p.m. in the Speaker’s Press Room, State Representatives will release a Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) letter indicating that some unlicensed Planned Parenthood abortion services facilities were illegally performing abortions, and have been ordered to stop performing abortionprocedures that require state licensure.  Other Planned Parenthood facilities are also under investigation by the State. 

“We applaud the leadership of state officials for uncovering the unlawful practices of Planned Parenthood,” said Jonathan Saenz, director of legislative affairs at Free Market Foundation.  “We refuse to sit back and allow Planned Parenthood to put the lives of women at risk, for the organization’s own benefit.”

A letter from the legislators prompted the DSHS investigation, which uncovered four unlicensed Planned Parenthood facilities in the San Antonio area, and is expanding its investigation into other Planned Parenthood facilities.  Planned Parenthood operates the largest chain of abortion facilities in Texas and receives more than $10 million a year from Texas taxpayers through the state’s family planning program.

The State Representatives who released the DSHS letter include Rep. Phil King, Rep. Wayne Christian, Rep. Leo Berman, Rep. Tan Parker, Rep. Betty Brown, Rep. John Davis, Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, Rep. Ken Paxton, Rep. Jim Jackson, Rep. Ralph Sheffield, and Rep. Todd Hunter.

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Ultrasound Bill Update-Senate Vote This Week!

April 7, 2009

Last week, we reported that the life-saving ultrasound bill, which requires that an ultrasound be performed on a woman considering abortion and that the woman is offered an opportunity to view the ultrasound image and hear her baby’s heartbeat, could pass through the Senate.  However, the vote was postponed to this week.  We are at a crucial stage with the ultrasound bill, which supports a woman’s right to view an ultrasound and ensures women are given vital information about a life and death decision.  The possible deciding vote is considered to be that of Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), who voted “present, not voting” on the ultrasound bill the last time it was in the Senate!  That would probably kill the bill.

You can help!  Click here to call your Senator today!


Ultrasound Bill-Full Senate Vote This Week!!

March 30, 2009

SB 182, by Sen. Patrick has been placed on the Senate Intent Calendar and could be voted on as early as Wednesday or possibly Thursday by the full Texas Senate.  This bill requires that an ultrasound be performed on a woman considering abortion and that the woman is offered an opportunity to view the ultrasound image and hear the baby’s heartbeat.  The pregnant woman is absolutely not required to view the ultrasound image or hear the heartbeat.

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/calendars/html/S120090331.htm

Please Contact your State Senator and ask them to support this excellent, pro-life bill, SB 182: Bill Text

Click here Senators’ information.  CALL NOW!!!  http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/ 

Texas Senators: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Members/Members.aspx?Chamber=S


Ultrasound Bill Hearing to Start Soon-Watch for Live Blogging Throughout

March 19, 2009

7:00 p.m. — Hearing over.  I apologize for the small amount of updates.  My live radio interview with Adam McManus went through 40 minutes of the public testimony time in SB 182.  Sen. Patrick really put the pro-abortion folks on the spot about admitting that performing an ultrasound is standard medical care before performing an abortion.  Rep. Randy Weber, over from the House, had an appearance and testified for SB 182, drawing from a personal experience about abortion, wishing that many years ago the state had such logical informed consent provisions in place, would have prevented him from having to live with years of regret for his decision.

Sen. Patrick also embarrased a pro-abortion testifier who was complaining about the state requiring that women be told of the abortion-breast cancer connection.  She didn’t realize that provision is already a part of state law.  Ouch, I guess she should have read the bill first before having to go face-to-face with Sen. Patrick.

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6:15 — I just completed testifying, after the ACLU and some doctor quoting the law.  Too bad he didn’t realize the case he was relying on has been partially overruled.  So I performed my duty to let the committee know that, which made my point even stronger about the USSCT currently supporting informed consent that overruled his case.

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I am getting ready to testify soon on the ultrasound bill, but also I will be on the Adam McManus radio show at 5 p.m.,  tallking about the Science & Censorship issue.  the State Board of Education takes their final vote on this next Wednesday.  With a margin of one vote in January, any calls and help you can give could make the difference.

Did you know, that one of the pioneers of abortion procedure, Bernard Nathanson, is now a huge pro-life advocate?  Guess what changed his heart and mind?  The ultrasound machine.


Choose Life License Plate Has Wide Support

March 3, 2009

The Choose Life License plate bill, HB 109 (Larry Phillips, Sherman-R) now has the support of 81 of the 150 Texas House members.  Rep. Larry Phillips has been extremely successful at gaining support for this pro-life legislation.  Sen. John Carona is our Senate author, SB 1098.  As you’ll recall, Free Market Foundation is one of the main groups working closely with Rep. Phillips to help pass this important legislation.  We are working with Alison Morales, who has an incredible personal story of adoption as an alternative to abortion.  Click here for more information and to see Gov. Perry’s support of this bill <http://freemarketblog.wordpress.com/2008/12/22/free-market-at-governor%e2%80%99s-press-conference-for-pro-life-bill/ Stay tuned for updates on this bill as the next step is a hearing before the House Transportation Committee.

 

Click here for more about HB 109 http://www.txchoose-life.org/

FMF with Gov. Perry


Planned Parenthood Buddies Attack Abstinence: What a Shock?

February 25, 2009

Texas Freedom Network, a liberal group founded by the current head of Planned Parenthood and former Chief of Staff of Nancy Pelosi (now that’s liberal), Cecile Richards, has released another one of their propaganda surveys and of course the media is falling all over themselves to report about it.   It should be no surprised that this propaganda survey attacks abstinence.  This group and others like them want kids to have more sex, so they can then have to pay for more contraceptives, STD testing, and abortions, which makes big money for Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the U.S. Texas is an abstinence-based state, not an “abstinence only” state.  Anyone who says otherwise is misinformed or purposely trying to distort the truth.  Section 28.004 (e)(5) makes this point very clear. http://tinyurl.com/5c6jlp

See this link for an article where one reporter actually quoted both sides, with our quote. http://tinyurl.com/bpkbur

We’ve already told you about bills that have been filed, attacking abstinence-based education (HB 741).  Now add to that list HB 1567 http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/HB01567I.pdf by Rep. Villareal of San Antonio and Sen. Van de Putte.


Live! Pro-Life Lobby Day Update

February 24, 2009

Watch the video of the Press Conference.  Visit http://www.senate.state.tx.us/avarchive/ and click Feb. 24 — Press Conference – Senator Dan Patrick.

Over 300 Pro-Life advocates descended on the Capitol.  Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, Sen. Patrick, and Rep. Corte and many others gave comments to support pro-life lobby day.

Poor John Kelso of the AAS gets heartburn from live ultrasounds, a similar feeling for many who have to read his liberal ranting.  I guess his readership was down so he had to stir the pot with more outlandish statements.  http://tinyurl.com/a9z2lw

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Key House Bills Referred to Committees

February 17, 2009

HB 36-Rep. Corte- Ultrasound & Heartbeat Bill
Relating to informed consent to an abortion.
2/12/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

HB 44-Rep. Corte- Sign Required regarding real function of Emergency Contraception
Relating to disclosing information to persons obtaining emergency contraception.
2/12/2009 H Referred to Public Health

HB 109-Rep. Phillips – Choose Life License Plate
Relating to the issuance of “Choose Life” license plates and the creation of the Choose Life account in the general revenue fund.
2/12/2009 H Referred to Transportation View all actions

HB 125 Rep. Betty Brown-Voter, proof of identification
Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification.
2/12/2009 H Referred to Elections View all actions


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