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.