Drug-Based Sex Education, Attack on Abstinence In Public School Sex Ed Teaching In Proposed Amendment to SB 1581

May 19, 2011

Rep. Joaquin Castro has proposed an amendment pushing drug-based sex education, on SB 1581, that attacks a school district’s right to teach abstinence in compliance with current law.  Rep. Castro’s amendment is based on his bill, HB 1624, that went absolutely nowhere this session.  HB 1624 did not even have enough support to get a hearing in the House Public Education Committee.

This amendment promotes drug-based sex education, and requires that schools teach less about abstinence, if any sex education is taught at a public school.

JUST TO BE CLEAR, PUBLIC SCHOOLS DO NOT HAVE TO TEACH SEX EDUCATION AT ALL!  The law does not require public schools to have any teaching on sex education, but if a school district does decide to have sex education teaching, the state tells you that there are minimum requirements that must be met.

Under this amendment, if any sex ed is taught, more teaching is required about drug-based sex education, such as the pill (hormones that require a pharmacy prescription), the patch (hormonal method that requires a pharmacy prescrition), IUD (a device that is implanted into a girl’s uterus by a doctor) and all the other drug-based and non drug-based “contraceptive” methods. http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/byaudience/forwomen/ucm118465.htm#hormonal

This amendment also says that the sex ed “may not promote bias against students of any race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethinic or cultural background.”  Not sure about the relevance of this clause.

We oppose this amendment.


Science Catches Up with Common Sense: Abstinence Works Better Than Condoms

February 5, 2010

Read the Sex Education study results here.  http://www.abstinence.net/pdf/contentmgmt/abstinence.pdf

Will this woman (or someone like her) below be across the street from your kids’ school, handing out condoms soon?

Condom/"Comprehensive Sex Education" on Display at Texas Capitol

This woman above was handing out condoms at the Capitol after the Texas Rally for Life.

Good news this week: a study released on Monday reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that students who are taught abstinence-only sex education are less likely (33%) to engage in sex than students who were taught other methods (48%), including condom use.  Texas is not an abstinence-only state.  In Texas, schools do not even have to teach sex education.  However, if a school teaches sex education, they must teach about abstinence more than any other method and tell students abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. 

During the 2009 Texas Legislative session, Planned Parenthood and Austin liberals tried unsuccessfully to pass a law to ban abstinence-only teaching in public schools.  Click here for details about their failed effort.

Since this is now proven to be the best approach, it should follow that abstinence-only teaching will be the leading method of sex education, yet we expect a huge fight over this in the next legislative session.  Recently, President Obama has cut federal funding for abstinence-only sex education in public schools. 

 Jonathan Saenz, director of legislative affairs, said this about the study: “Now that science and research have caught up with common sense, I hope educators will use their time and our tax dollars wisely by teaching students what works best, abstinence.”


Texas County Votes on Potential Planned Parenthood Funding: Free Market Foundation Speaks Out on Funding for Sex Ed

August 26, 2009

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Today, Free Market Foundation testified before the Nueces County Commissioner’s Court (Corpus Christi, Texas) meeting regarding its fiscal budget which is to include funding of teen pregnancy prevention sought by Planned Parenthood. We were joined by a large group of local concerned citizens, many of whom were successful in getting the Corpus Christi City Council to deny funding the Planned Parenthood at the city level. Even as numerous Planned Parenthood facilities across Texas are shutting their doors, the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas, hopes it will receive funding from Nueces County for controversial sex education funding.

“As government entities at all levels are looking to make responsible decisions, government resources should not be spent on organizations that stand to profit from failed sex education policies,” said Jonathan Saenz, legislative director at Free Market Foundation, who testified in the public hearing. “We should not ‘bail out’ Planned Parenthood with public funds.”

Today’s meeting in the Nueces County Commissioner’s Court is a public hearing on the county’s fiscal budget, which includes allowances for reduction of teen pregnancy. The result of this meeting will finalize the budget and determine the amount of money distributed to groups such as Planned Parenthood, which has already requested funding, that provide sex education.

In Texas, teen pregnancies, births, and abortions have continued to decrease since 1991. In 1995, Texas began requiring that abstinence is taught as the preferred method of pregnancy prevention, an approach that Planned Parenthood opposes.

The Nueces County Hospital District is due to review the grant application of Planned Parenthood for government funds for their explicit form of sex education in September. 

According to Jonny Hipp, the CEO of the Nueces County Hospital District, there will likely be a public hearing in September on the grant application review for Planned Parenthood.  http://www.nchdcc.org/

You’ll recall, we helped stop Planned Parenthood’s legisltaive attack on abstinence-based education in Texas during the recent Texas Legislative session.  With your help we were able to defeat HB 741 by Rep. Castro (D-San Antonio), and Rep. Villareal, (D-San Antonio). 

Click here to read more about the dangerous legislation Planned Parenthood supported. https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/2009/04/03/attack-on-abstinence-bill-update-planned-parenthood-buddies-lead-the-charge/

Free Market Foundation stands for the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, religious liberties, and limited government, and frequently testifies in the Texas Legislature and works in the courts on these issues.
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2009 Texas Legislative Session Summary

June 11, 2009

Click here for our summary. https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/texas-legislatve-session-summary-taxes-rejected-family-values-protected/


Texas Legislative Session Summary: Taxes Rejected, Family Values Protected

June 4, 2009

         ultrasound   

From the front lines of the Texas Legislature:  Despite a change in D.C. and a more liberal coup in the Texas House (which helped many dangerous bill have progress that would have previously never moved an inch), there is good news to report, but also some unfinished business.  It must be noted that even though there was a more liberal coup in the Texas House, extreme legislation was still soundly defeated because they are massively out of step with mainstream Texas values. 

Taxes:  The business/franchise tax now exempts from the tax, businesses with a revenue of less than $1 million (HB 4765- House Record Vote http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/81r/pdf/81RDAY64FINAL.PDF#page=9 ; Senate Record Vote http://www.journals.senate.state.tx.us/sjrnl/81r/pdf/81RSJ05-27-F.PDF#page=388) and property tax appraisers now must include foreclosure sales when computing the market value of a homestead (HB 1038: House Record Vote-http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/81r/pdf/81RDAY41FINAL.PDF#page=7 ; Senate Record Vote-http://www.journals.senate.state.tx.us/sjrnl/81r/pdf/81RSJ05-26-F.PDF#page=162).  

Also, TEA Party groups, FMF and others, helped end the local-option transportation tax on the last day (HB 300/SB 855-Senate Record Vote-http://www.journals.senate.state.tx.us/sjrnl/81r/pdf/81RSJ04-14-F.PDF#page=11). This was HUGE! 

Science Prevails, Censorship Rejected: We answered the call and defeated efforts to censor and ban discussion and criticism of evolution in the classroom, before the SBOE.   This issue was intertwined with the Legislature as House members signed a letter supporting our position and filed a bill to protect these freedoms, if necessary. Over 10,000 emails and many phone calls made a difference!  This affects 4 million students and was covered internationally! Final record vote: 
For- Allen, Agosto, Bradley, Cargill, Craig, Dunbar, Hardy, Knight, McLeroy, Mercer, Miller, Leo, Lowe.  AGAINST-Nunez, Berlanga. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS! 

 State Board of Education (SBOE) Attacked, Liberal “Victory” Short Lived: FMF fought successfully against liberal bills that stripped textbook and curriculum authority away from the elected SBOE (SB 2275: Bill never received vote-click here for Supporter of Bill http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=SB2275) and another, HB 710 (http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/81r/pdf/81RDAY65FINAL.PDF#page=25), would have taken power away from the voters to decide the future and existence of SBOE members and the entity itself.  We were the key to the demise of these and many other SBOE attack bills, with your help. We are outraged that SBOE Chairman, Don McLeroy, was blocked from confirmation by 11 Democrat Senators (the only other Democrat Senator, Sen. Eddie Lucio, chose not to vote on McLeroy, but he was on the Senate Floor). Despite our best efforts to the contrary, the Senate discussion focused on his Christian beliefs and the opinion of the N.Y. Times.  This far-left “victory” will no doubt be short lived, as we believe Gov. Perry will be appointing a new SBOE chairman who is is just as conservative as Dr. McLeroy.  An announcement could come soon. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE DETAILS! 

Planned Parenthood Failed Takeover of Texas Sex Ed:  Planned Parenthood and other groups put all their efforts toward forcing Texas students to learn more about condoms, contraception, and various sexual lifestyles, and less about abstinence (HB 741 -House members who supported this  http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB741, HB 1567- see who suppported this bill http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB1567).  Almost every day at the Capitol, you could see small groups of women and children carrying Planned Parenthood bags, working on this issue.  But, we provided key testimony and documentation and pulled together a strong and united coalition of groups across the state in opposition to these bills, which we defeated. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS!!  

New Hate Crimes  Law for Children? Not On Our Watch: Can you image your ten year-old child being charged with a “hate crime”?  That’s the bill that almost became law this session, HB 824 (see who vote for this bill  http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/81r/pdf/81RDAY43FINAL.PDF#page=18).  This bill passed the full House, and passed the Senate State Affairs Committee.  Just last week, it was one step away from heading to Gov. Perry’s desk before we were finally able to stop it.  We also stopped a hate crimes bill (HB 2966-see who supported this bill http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB2966) and a “bullying” bill (HB 1323-see who supported this bill http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB1323) that would have given special class protection to “transgender’ persons. 

Pro-Life, Pro-Family Legislation: Some Gains, Some Setbacks:  The Pro-Life Lobby Day was a huge success with hundreds of you in attendance and live ultrasound performed at the Capitol.  Numerous legislators were able to come face to face with the amazing ultrasound technology, some for the first time.  We also worked on the Ultrasound bill (supporters in the House http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB36 and Senate Record Vote http://www.journals.senate.state.tx.us/sjrnl/81r/pdf/81RSJ05-01-F.PDF#page=21). Both the Choose Life license plate bill and Ultrasound had a majority of support by the House and Senate, but the Ultrasound bill was blocked by liberal delays related to Voter I.D. and the Choose Life plate fell victim to political posturing on the last day. Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso), the Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, bascially blocked the Choose Life license plate from getting out of committee, otherwise it would have passed the House in a stand alone bill, which would have allowed it to become law, as it had already passed the Senate, Instead, we had to amend the plate onto another bill, which had its own problems and eventually died. (See the House members that supported the Choose Life Plate http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB109 and the Senate Record Vote: http://www.journals.senate.state.tx.us/sjrnl/81r/pdf/81RSJ05-01-F.PDF#page=47)  Adult Stem cell treatment and research funding of $5 million will continue and the Alternatives to Abortion fund was increased from $5 to $8 million. Adult Stem Cell and Divorce Reform bills ran out of time before a House vote.  We also stifled efforts to undermine parental and informed consent and embryonic stem cell/cloning bills. 

Attack on Voters Guides & Others Dangerous Legislation Averted:  HB 2511- see the record vote in the House-http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/81r/pdf/81RDAY72FINAL.PDF#page=30 which we were able to stop after it passed out of the House, would have had a dramatic negative impact on our voters guide.  I even heard one legislator tell me that he was working on a way to ban our Voters’ Guides from being passed out in churches, something federal law clearly protects!  

Infanticide Bill-We also knocked down efforts to create a new Infanticide law (HB 3318- supporters-http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB3318) mother who murders her infant could have received only 6 months jail time if she claimed postpartum stress, currently this is a Capitol Murder crime). 

Gambling Bills Crushed-numerous bills were filed to expand gambling in Texas, particularly to allow full blown casino gambling in Texas.  We helped defeat them all.   The word around the Capitol was that there were over 200 paid lobbyist working to expand gambling in Texas. 

With our Austin office firmly established, we were at the Capitol every day and we were involved in every part of the legislative process.  We were also able to meet and interact with so many of you when you came to Austin or you called into our office.  We debuted our Texas Legislative Update Blog in January and it received almost 20,000 hits during the session! Thank you for your commitment to stand with us on these important issues.  We could not have had the outcomes on the above legislation without your help.  Please look for more detailed analysis, pictures, and videos of legislative session summaries in the days to come here at our Texas Legislative Update Blog! 

FMF meets with San Antonio pro-life activists at the Capitol

FMF meets with San Antonio pro-life activists at the Capitol


Action Alert-Sex Ed Vote!! Attack on Abstinence Showdown Moved to Wednesday!

May 17, 2009

Vote on SB 283 is postponed until Wednesday, May 20th, 10 a.m.-MORE TIME TO MAKE YOUR CALLS TO YOUR TEXAS STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE, ASK HE/SHE TO VOTE “NO” ON CASTRO & VILLAREAL AMENDMENTS (detailed below), AND ASK YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO DO THE SAME!! 

We have now reviewed the proposed amendments.  the Villareal Amendment is worst than we thought:

1. Strips out the following phrase from current law-”abstinence…is the only method that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.”  (instead, they have substituted the phrase “abstinence…as only certain way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases”). (Villarreal Amendment)

2. Diminishes emotional trauma by changing current law to suggest that there may be no emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity. (Villarreal Amendment)

3. Censors any information about the risks, side effects, and limitations of contraceptive methods. (Villarreal Amendment)

4.  Eliminates the current law requirement that children be directed toward “a standard of behavior” where abstinence before marriage is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and STDs…  (Villarreal Amendment)

5. Uses the term “age appropriate”, which opens the door to sexually explicit materials and demonstrations. (Vague and unclear definition that allows groups like Planned Parenthood to define “age appropriate.”) (Castro Amendment).

6. Use the term “medically accurate” or “scientifically accurate” as false weapon against abstinence-based teaching.  Organizations that are hostile and biased against abstinence teaching have used their own interpretation of “medically accurate” to disqualify abstinence teaching, even when such teaching was approved by the United States federal government. (Castro or Villarreal Amendment).

7. Bans abstinence promotion and teaching to students who are sexually active. (with no method of identifying such students). (Villarreal Amendments).

Since Texas began promoting abstinence-based sex ed:

  • The rate of teen pregnancies has dropped 24%
  • The rate of teen abortions has dropped 41%
  • The rate of teen births has dropped 22%

There were NO similar gains in the 1980’s, when Planned Parenthood type programs were the rule.


Attack on Abstinence-based Sex Ed Today in Public Education Committee

March 31, 2009

7:40 p.m.  Rep. Eissler asking question – “So we could achieve the goals of this bill by just having better training for schools with our current statute?”  Doctor-Yes.

7:22 p.m.  Scott & White Doctor, national contraceptive researcher, sex ed advocate.  Writes sex ed curriculum. Most commonly used sex ed curriculum (“Worth the Wait”) written by physicians and psychologists.  “Having sex is a health risk behavior.”  “If anyone thinks that there are no emotional consequences to sexual activity for kids, they should spend the day with me.”  (Because she works with kids who suffer from STDs, etc.)

“Biggest Factor of if kids will have sex”…  Parental Involvement (level of)

Contraceptive research-

CDC will not put a percentage on effectiveness of condoms for preventing STDs.

Why have teen pregnancy rates gone down?  In last 15 years, abstinence programs have been proliferated in schools, teen pregnancy rates have gone down.

6:44 p.m.  Here comes Professor Wiley, from Texas State, the prof TFN co-oped to write their propaganda survey on sex ed.   No questions.

6:35 p.m.   Rep. Shelton Question:  “What are components of effective sex ed?”  Answer-“Personal values, skills to say no, to resist pressure, emphasizes abstinence.”  “The trick is it has been developed by people who ‘know’ how to change behavior”.  Shelton-“How did you change behavior?”  -Mapping process with specific objectives… and more and more general words.  Single parenthood tends to repeat itself.  (Randomized 1000 kids in Houstin I.S.D. to study).  Decrease our teen birth rate to decrease drop-out rate.  Costs us more to educate these children born of teenage mothers.

6:15 p.m. AISD Board of Trustees spokesperson, supports abstinence plus education.  Calls a pregnant teen a “tragedy” for the family.  Then criticizes current curriculum for allegedly using “fear” to educate kids about sex.

6:00:  Attack on Abstinence Hearing Begins!!  Rep. Shelton already has Rep. Castro conceding that he’ll change language if necessary after Shelton asks him about striking about current law language that says students should be told about  “the emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity.”

4:20 p.m. Still waiting:

According to Texas Vital Statistics:
Since 1991, Teen Pregnancies are DOWN 24%
Since 1991, Teen Births are DOWN 22%
Since 1991, Teen Abortions are DOW 42%
2007 Zogby poll reports that 9 of 10 parents want teens to be taught contraception in a manner consistent with the approach of abstinence education.

Thanks to Kyleen Wright of Texans for Life for providing this information.

3:45 p.m.-These bills are about to be heard… Find our talking points/testimony below.

We Oppose House Bill 741 & House Bill 1567-Attack on Abstinence
House Bill 741 (Rep. Castro, D-San Antonio)
This bill is a direct attack on abstinence-based sex education. It deletes the following provisions:
[(2)  devote more attention to abstinence from sexual activity than to any other behavior;]
[, and the emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity];
[teach contraception and condom use in terms of human use reality rates instead of theoretical laboratory rates, if instruction on contraception and condoms is included in curriculum content].

House Bill 1567 (Rep. Villareal, D-San Antonio)
This bill is a direct attack on abstinence based sex education.  It deletes the parts of the following provisions:
“present abstinence from sexual activity as the healthiest [preferred] choice of behavior [in relationship to all sexual activity] for unmarried persons of school age;”
“(3)  emphasize that abstinence from sexual activity, if used consistently and correctly, is the only certain way to prevent [method that is 100 percent effective in preventing] pregnancy and [,] sexually transmitted diseases.”

Public Education Committee Hearing:
http://tinyurl.com/dzjxvd


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