Texas Legislature Strikes At Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood:
Liberty Institute Applauds Passage of Pro-life, Fiscally Responsible Bill
AUSTIN, Texas, June 27, 2011 – Earlier today, both houses of the Texas Legislature voted to approve Senate Bill 7 (SB 7), which along with other legislation passed this session, strikes at and could effectively end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood in the state. The bill will now be sent to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature, which is expected.
In regard to the vote, Liberty Institute released the following statement:
“The passing of this legislation is a defining moment in Texas history for the pro-life and taxpayer protection movement. Texas leaders have sent a clear message-Planned Parenthood and similar abortion groups should not use taxpayer funds to support their agenda”, said Jonathan Saenz, Liberty Institute legislative director who supported SB 7 at the Texas Capitol and has provided legal analysis and advocacy efforts to support pro-life strands of SB 7.
SB 7 prevents abortion providers and their affiliates from receiving tax dollars through the “Women’s Health Program” (estimated $34 million loss for PP). SB 7 prioritizes other funding that PP usually goes after, to give priority of funding to community-based centers that provide comprehensive primary care to women, not just “family planning”. Planned Parenthood does not fall into this category. SB 7 also prevents county tax dollars from being used for abortion, like Travis County Healthcare District has been doing for years with approximately $450,000.
Record Vote of Senate on SB 7: http://www.journals.senate.state.tx.us/sjrnl/821/pdf/82S106-27-F1.PDF#page=3
Record Vote of House on SB 7: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/RecordVote.aspx?LegSess=821&Bill=SB7&RcdVtNo=128&Ch=H&Dt=06/27/2011
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Statement on passage of SB 7 and other efforts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. LibertyInstituteStatmentSB7
Update: SB 7 passes Texas House 96-48. Now Senate needs to adopt the bill. Now Tx Senate has to vote on this today. Vote coming any minute. Follow quick updates at our FB page. http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Liberty-Institute-Texas/188607107843102
Update: 11:15 a.m. SB 7 is being discussed/debated on House Floor, expected that votes are there for SB 7 to pass.
SB 7 contains pro-life provisions under which Planned Parenthood stands to lose at least $17 million per year in taxpayer funds and SB 7 prevents use of county taxpayer funds for abortions. SB 7 contains improved pro-life language that is agreed to by SB 7 authors — Rep. Zerwas and Sen. Nelson – and Rep. Bryan Hughes, Rep. Sid Miller and other pro-life members of the Texas House and Senate. SB 7 is expected to come to a vote TODAY in the House and Senate! The Texas House starts working at 10 a.m. today.
The day to defund Planned Parenthood in Texas is TODAY. Please call your House member and Senator NOW to ask them to support SB 7!
Check back on the blog later today for updates.
Video update from inside the Texas House Chamber on the final days of the Special Session. Important updates on SB 7 and the efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
The vote on SB 7 to defund Planned Parenthood is now expected for Monday of next week. Please ask your Texas House and Senate member to Support SB 7! Make your call now! http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
SB 7 Improved, Defund Planned Parenthood Vote is Monday!
Call your Texas State Senator and House member today to support SB 7, to defund Planned Parenthood! As we reported to you last week, pro-life House members were working hard to include stronger pro-life language in SB 7 after it emerged from conference committee with overly broad language. One section of SB 7 created a loophole for taxpayer-funded abortions on some babies with an abnormality, that some believe included Downs syndrome and other disabilities. We are thankful for Rep. Bryan Hughes and Rep. Sid Miller, who led the efforts of numerous pro-life House members to reject this language, craft tighter language on this issue, and close the loophole. Their efforts were successful as an agreement was reached yesterday with the help of Rep. John Zerwas and Sen. Jane Nelson, the authors of SB 7. SB 7 also contains pro-life provisions under which Planned Parenthood stands to lose at least $17 million per year in taxpayer funds. SB 7 is expected to be voted on MONDAY by the Texas Senate and the House!
Today is the day to Defund Planned Parenthood. Ask your TX House and Senate member to Support SB 7! Make your call now! http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
“Revised” Conference Committee Report Filed for SB 7, Defund Planned Parenthood Bill, According to Tx Lege Website. No details yet.June 23, 2011
We will post the report here when it becomes available.
There is some background discussion that SB 7 will come up for a vote in the Texas House, today. Rep. Zerwas is the House author and there has a been an effort by numerous pro-life House members to have the final version of SB 7 be more inclusive of the pro-life language included in the House version of SB 7. We’ll post updates as they come.
As the week ends and we pass the half way point of the 30 days allowed for a Special Session, two unresolved issues we’re following closely are getting a lot of attention. SB 7 contains pro-life provisions, particularly efforts to finish the job of defunding Planned Parenthood of state tax dollars. The SB 7 conference committee report was not a pro-life as the version passed by the Senate, so numerous House pro-life members are fighting to get a better conference committee report. No resolution on this issue thus far.
Use of the Rainy Day Fund is the other issue. Numerous House Republicans have pledged not to use the Rainy Day Fund, but Democrat member Rep. Donna Howard somehow got an amendment on SB 2, that does just that. Rep. Phil King made a motion to instruct the SB 2 conference committee members to strip that amendment off, and the instruction received and approving vote of 87-59.
We expect these two issues to be resolved by early next week.
The Special Session could end as early as next week, but my belief is that we could go all they way to Day 30, June 29th.
Texas House Votes in Favor of SB 7 to Defund Planned Parenthood! Two other pro-life amendments were also added. An amendment by Rep. Zedler was added that requires more detailed reporting of information relating to abortions, and an amendment by Rep. Christian was added to prevent tax funding for abortions by hospital districts.
SB 7 has already passed the Texas Senate, but SB 7 may have to go to conference committee, so this work is not finished just yet.
Update: SB 7 passes, final vote is tomorrow
Rep. Christian lays out his amendment preventing hospital districts from using property tax dollars to pay for abortions, which Travis County (Austin) currently does at the tune of $450,000 a year. Planned Parenthood is a big beneficiary of this taxpayer money. Point of order overruled.
Naishtat now raises a point of order on the Christian amendment.
Debate breaking out on vaccine issue.
Rep. Zerwas has laid out SB 7 on the Texas House floor, and the debate/discussion has begun.
The Texas special session continues. Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) contains pro-life provisions under which Planned Parenthood stands to lose at least $17 million per year in taxpayer funds if supported by Texas Legislature.
SB 7 has already passed the Senate (with pro-life provisions) and is now up for a vote by the full House this Wednesday, June 8! The House is scheduled to go on the floor at 1 p.m. Please immediately urge your state representative to support the pro-life provisions in SB 7!
These provisions shift the taxpayer funds to health care providers who offer better services to low-income women and their families but do not provide abortions or are not affiliates of abortion providers. This work was almost completed during the regular session, but delays on other issues prevented this bill from receiving a final vote. The special session that is now under way gives Texans one last chance in 2011 to finish our goal of defunding Planned Parenthood.
The Texas House and Senate are holding hearings today on budget, education, and healthcare issues, and congressional redistricting.
SB 7 gives us another opportunity to finish the job of defunding Planned Parenthood from use of taxpayer dollars. Call your Texas State Senator and ask he/she to support SB 7 . Click here for your Senator’s contact information: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/.
You can also download our Texas Legislative Guide with all of Texas’ elected officials contact information at http://legislativeguide.libertyinstitute.org/.