Rep. Wayne Christian Interview on SBOE, Abortion Funding

July 25, 2011

As part of our continued coverage of the recently completed legislative session, we will be releasing a series of sit down interviews we did with key conservative legislators that had an impact on important issues during the session. Our first interview is with Rep. Wayne Christian who is one of the leading conservative voices in the Texas House.  We talked with Rep. Christian about the State Board of Education and the successful efforts to protect the SBOE during the legislative session.  We also talked about the important battle to end taxpayer funding of abortion at some hospital districts in the state.

 

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Austin City Council Approves Taxpayer Dollars For Planned Parenthood, Sweetheart Land Deal

September 30, 2010

Today, the Austin City Council by a 7-0 vote, approved the following benefits to Planned Parenthood, using taxpayer dollars to give money to Planned Parenthood.  We appeared at a press conference this morning against these measures and registered our opposition at the Austin City Council meeting.

Austin Mayor Leffingwell at Planned Parenthood Event

“From left to right: Representative Mark Strama, Representative Valinda Bolton, Senator Kirk Watson, Austin City Councilmember Lee Leffingwell, Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, Robbie and Tom Ausley, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Austin Mayor Will Wynn, Ken Lambrecht, CEO of PPTCR  and Brewster McCracken, Austin Mayor Pro Tem.”

See video coverage here: http://www.news8austin.com/content/headlines/274398/off-site-council-meeting-motivates-austin-residents

Agenda Item #4:  Authorize the negotiation and execution of a ten (10) year lease renewal with one (1) option to extend for an additional ten (10) years with PLANNED PARENTHOOD, INC, for the use of a City-owned .35 acre tract of land improved with a 3,720 square foot free standing building located at 1823 E. 7th Street, for the purpose of operating a family planning clinic. The lease revenue is $1 annually.

More details on this item: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/council_meetings/item_attachments.cfm?meetingid=225&itemid=13909&item=4

Agenda Item #9:  Authorize negotiation and execution of a $50,000 contract amendment and 6-month contract extension with PLANNED PARENTHOOD of Austin, TX, to provide teen pregnancy prevention services to youth for an amended 15 month contract amount not to exceed $85,605, and a total contract amount not to exceed $133,078. Funding in the amount of $50,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the Health and Human Services Department. The contract period is January 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011.

More details on this item here: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/council_meetings/item_attachments.cfm?meetingid=225&itemid=14086&item=9


Update: Travis County Bows To Planned Parenthood; Ignores Mass Public Outcry

December 11, 2009

December 11, 2009

First, thank you to all the hardwork by so many people.  You made your voice heard and stood up for what it is right.  This has so much value.  Please make sure you are signed up to our blog RSS feed (upper right corner) and our email so you can stay up to date on issues like this in the future. https://www.freemarket.org/GetInvolved_WeeklyAlert.aspx

Click here to see our video on KVUE. http://www.kvue.com/news/Travis-County-Healthcare-District-Votes-To-Continue-Program-That-Allows-Property-Taxes-To-Fund-Abortions-79020902.html

Prior to the hearing and vote by the Travis County Healthcare District on taxpayer funded abortion, the TCHD said they wanted to know what people in Travis County thought about this issue.  Well, in less than two weeks almost 10,000 Travis County residents signed a petition opposing Travis County Healthcare District’s proposal to use $450,000 of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions on healthy women, including $$ for Planned Parenthood.

According to the hearing, 10,000 is twice the number of people that voted to create the Travis County Healthcare District, in 2004.

In the hearing last night, this stack of signatures was laid before the TCHD board members.  Additionally, the entire hearing room was packed, and a massive group of supporters stood outside the hearing room, watching and listening to the proceedings on a monitor in the hallway.

Nearly fifty (50) people also signed up to testify against this outrageous proposal.  However the TCHD board cut the hearing short, and only allowed less than 15 of them to testify.  The overall turnout was easily 2 to 1 in our favor.

At the end of the day, the TCHD bowed to the pressure of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry and ignored Travis County taxpayers.

PRESS STATEMENT:“This decision is an example of  government it its worst.  The TCHD bowed to the pressure of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry and ignored the outcry of nearly 10,000 Travis County residents that signed a petition in just two short weeks. The TCHD should be ashamed of itself and know that Travis County taxpayers are not going to stand for this.  This is just another outrageous example of a government bailout for Planned Parenthood.” 

The good news is, this is just the beginning of this issue and going forward we need to inform more people about how TCHD and Planned Parenthood are working to get around federal and state law, which bans tax dollars from being used this way with federal and state tax dollars.

Forward this petition to your friends who did not get to sign it and help inform them about this issue!  Click here to DOWNLOAD & SIGN THE PETITION! Petition against TCHD property tax-funded abortions  Fill up the the petition and send it back to us by FAX at: 512-478-2229.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS??? POST YOUR COMMENT HERE!


$450,000 Taxpayer Dollars for Abortions & Planned Parenthood in Texas? Action Item!

December 2, 2009

Update!  A vote will come this Thursday, December 10 by the Travis Count Health District (TCHD)!  The sign up for the meeting will start at 5:00 p.m. and the meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. and this is only issue on the agenda for the meeting.  Call now (512-978-8000) to stop this! Email us if you can come testify against this proposal this week, on Thursday, or if you would just like to stand with us at the hearing!  legislative@freemarket.org

See Details below. Click here to DOWNLOAD & SIGN THE PETITION! Petition against TCHD property tax-funded abortions  Fill up the the petition and send it back to us by Wednesday, Dec. 9th; FAX to: 512-478-2229.

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The Travis County Health District will meet this week, Thursday, December 10th, at 5:00 p.m., to have a public hearing,  only to discuss and vote on $450,000 of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions.  We also have reason to believe that Planned Parenthood will be seeking a portion of this money. See more details from the last hearing on this  by clicking here.

STAND WITH US & STOP THIS IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING: Call the Travis County Health District (512-978-8000) and tell them you don’t want your tax dollars to be used to pay for abortions.  If you live in the Travis County area or know people that do, PLEASE alert them to this problem! They TCHD will vote next week and you can rest assured they are being heavily influenced by the pro-abortion lobbyists and staff.

Planned Parenthood had two persons there testifying IN FAVOR of tax dollars being used for abortions at the last TCHD meeting on this issue.

Email us at legislative@freemarket.org if you would like to come to the hearing next week.  We need your local support!

Make a Call! 512-978-8000

Send a Fax! 512-978-8156

LOCATION for Hearing on December 10th:
Travis County Commissioners Courtroom

Granger Building, First Floor

314 West 11th Street

Austin, Texas

We will be testifying ourselves, but we need a huge turnout from Travis county residents to also testify!  We will help you prepare for the 1-3 minutes you will have to speak.

Click here for details of more Government funding of PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN TEXAS. https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/planned-parenthood-sex-ed-with-goverment-funding-controversy-continues/


Texas Medical Association: Senate Plan is “Bad Medicine”; Liberal Texas Democrat is Texas Point man For Obama

November 23, 2009

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has released a statement opposing the Senate version of the Government Takeover of healthcare.  Click here for their release. http://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=8201

Quorum Report is reporting that Democrat State Representative, Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), is criticizing the TMA’s position. 

The QR piece says that the Obama Whitehouse asked Rep. Coleman to a be a pointman in Texas for selling healthcare reform. 

It should frighten all Texans that Obama wants Coleman to be a leader on healthcare issues, and it should tell us something about what type of “reform” Obama is seeking.

 Who is State Representative Garnet Coleman?  Well just a few recent details.  He supported HB 2221, by Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston),  filed this past Texas Legislative session, which would have forced Texas hospitals to give out emergency contraception (which can cause an abortion) to alleged sexual assault vicitms.  This would apply to public and private hospitals, including Catholic (as was specifically pointed out during the testimony of another person) and other faith-based hospitals, which would force doctors to violate their conscience by forcing them to participate in causing an abortion.

Can you say – taxpayer funded abortions?

This bill received a hearing in the House Public Health committee, and committee member Rep. Coleman (D-Houston), thundered away at us, in favor of this bill, when we testified against it.  Thankfully, this bill was never voted out of this committee.

Rep. Coleman himself, filed a bill during the now ended Texas Legislative session, H.B. 2968, that would have removed the current law that informs women, as a part of informed consent before an abortion, that there is a possibility of increased risk of breast cancer following an induced abortion.  This bill thankfully never received a hearing. 

These two bills failed in Texas Legislative session, but are prime examples for what the government is capable of doing when it has ultimate control over healthcare.  Forcing Catholic and other faith-based hospitals and healthcare providers to cause abortions, against their conscience, and censoring information about risks to women is the wrong directions for our state and our country.

Is this the type of reform Obama and Congress want for healthcare?


Travis County Could Spend $450,000 for Abortions; Refuses to Discuss with Citizens

October 28, 2009

Click here for an update on this issue!! https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/travis-county-bows-to-planned-parenthood-ignore-mass-public-outcry/

We testified last week against Travis County’s efforts last week to use $450,000 of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions.  Their response by the Travis County Health District after ours and the testimony of many others, was to run and hide in “executive session”, which means they discussed their intentions on this issue behind closed doors.100_0548Is this what the future of healthcare is going to look like?  Bureaucrats behind closed doors wasting our tax dollars on life destroying practices? What an outrage.

STAND WITH US & Call the Travis County Health District (512-978-8000) and tell them you don’t want your tax dollars to be used to pay for abortions and that you want this issue to be discussed in open view by the public!  They have not yet voted and you can rest assured they are being heavily influenced by the abortion lobbyists.

Planned Parenthood had two persons there testifying IN FAVOR of tax dollars being used for abortions.

http://www.statesman.com/search/content/news/stories/local/2009/10/23/1023abortion.html

Click here for details of more Government funding of PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN TEXAS. https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/planned-parenthood-sex-ed-with-goverment-funding-controversy-continues/


Stop the Abortion Mandate!! Stop Planned Parenthood Funding by Taxpayers!! Live Webcast Tomorrow!!

July 22, 2009

Tomorrow, on Thursday, July 23rd, a live webcast will take place at 8 p.m. Central.  You’ll remember we informed you that Planned Parenthood was busted in April for performing illegal abortions in TEXAS!!  click here for details. https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/2009/04/14/state-orders-cease-desist-against-illegal-planned-parenthood-facilities-in-texas/.

You’ll also recall that Planned Parenthood just closed all of its El Paso facilities, So They Are On The Run and THEY WANT MORE MONEY FROM YOU, THE TAXPAYER!!  https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/planned-parenthood-closes-6-clinics-in-el-paso/

“Help block one of the greatest threats to human life since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision imposed abortion on America…”

Join the URGENT nationwide webcast event on Thursday,
July 23, to prevent Washington D.C. bureaucrats and abortion industry lobbyists from forcing YOU to pay for abortions.

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, received more than $350 million in taxpayer funding last year and ended the year with a $112 million surplus.

Now they want EVEN MORE!

Click here for details and to REGISTER for the WEBCAST!  http://www.stoptheabortionmandate.com/

 Click here to Contact your Congressman and tell he/she to vote against taxpayer funded abortions http://capwiz.com/freemarket/home/

Read the CNN story on this issue. http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/22/health.care.abortion/index.html


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