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.

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Texas Legislative Session Summary: Taxes Rejected, Family Values Protected

June 4, 2009

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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. 

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 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. 

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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. 

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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.


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!


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.


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.


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