House Committee to hear Sonogram Bills Tomorrow

February 22, 2011

Tomorrow, the Texas House State Affairs Committee will hear two versions of the sonogram bill (HB 15 and HB 201).  Rep. Geanie Morrison filed HB 201, which is the companion to the sonogram bill that passed through the Senate last week (SB 16).  Earlier this month, Republican State Representative Sid Miller, also filed a sonogram bill (HB 15).  Both bills require that a doctor perform a sonogram on women seeking an abortion and give the women a chance to hear the baby’s heartbeat.

Liberty Institute strongly supports passing legislation in the State of Texas that would require doctors to provide women with all the medically-relevant information they need before having an abortion, much like anyone receiving any other medical treatment gets, and we will support both HB 15 and HB 201 at the committee hearing.

We thank Rep. Byron Cook, the chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, for scheduling these pro-life bills so early in the session, showing his strong support for this effort.  Rep. Byron Cook is a joint author for HB 201 and a coauthor of HB 15.

Please call your Representative today to ask him or her to support Sonogram legislation!

We will be at the hearing tomorrow, so please check the blog tomorrow for live updates.

If you are coming to the Capitol to support this bill, please contact us so we can help!! email us at legislative@libertyinstitute.org


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


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

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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. 

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


Urgent Action Needed! McLeroy, Choose Life Plate, Ultrasound Votes!!

May 24, 2009

Call YOUR STATE SENATOR NOW AND  ASK HE/SHE TO :

SUPPORT DON MCLEROY FOR SBOE CHAIRMAN-he’s been under attack by one Austin fringe group for his personal religious beliefs and statements he made at church at Sunday school.

SUPPORT THE CHOOSE LIFE LICENSE PLATE as an amendment to HB 300.  Sen. Carona will proposed the Choose Life Plate as an amendment on Monday, on the Senator Floor.

MAKE YOUR CALL NOW-CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR STATE SENATOR !!http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

THEN CALL YOUR STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK HE/SHE TO:

SUPPORT THE “ULTRASOUND BILL” (SB 182)

-EVEN THOUGH IT IS A HOLIDAY, THE STATE HOUSE  AND SENATE MEMBERS ARE MEETING AND WORKING ALL DAY AT THE CAPITOL!!

MAKE YOUR CALL NOW-CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR REP!!http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/


Action Alert!! We Need Calls/Emails: Religion, Babies, & Taxes!!

May 21, 2009

1.  Don McLeroy, State Board of Education member, needs your help to be CONFIRMED as chairman of the SBOE, which requires a 2/3rds of the 31 Texas State Senators to vote in favor of him.  His nomination as chairman was approved yesterday bythe Senate Nominations committee. Don McLeroy has been unfairly attacked by some because of his PERSONAL religious beliefs as a Christian.  He’s even been attacked for religious statements he’s made while at church!  CALL YOUR STATE SENATOR today and tell he or she to REJECT a Religious Test and please Support Don McLeroy!

Click here to find your State Senator http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

The Ultrasound Bill, the Texas House State Affairs Committee passed SB 182 passed it, the Ultrasound bill, yesterday!  The bill will now go to the Calendars Committee and then to full House for a vote.  Please call the Calendars Committee.  

TAXES: We still need action to oppose SB 855, as it will be voted on by the full House tomorrow!  This is the transportation tax bill that will have the effect of raising gas taxes by 125%.  Call (512) 463-4630 now and ask for your House member and tell him or her you oppose SB 855.

SB 1569 is also before the House for a vote today, regarding acceptance of federal stimulus money, if Texas expands unemployment insurance to part-time employees.


SBOE Attack Vote Should Come Today, Infanticide Draws More Scrutiny

May 5, 2009

HB 710, which strips voters from of their role as deciding who is doing the best job of representing them at the State Board of Education, has still not been voted on by the House, and should come up for a vote today.

I have talked to many, many legislators and all have said they will vote “NO” on this bill. Also, we circulated a “VOTE NO ON HB 710” flyer to all House members on Saturday and Monday.

Keep the calls going and spread the word.  We are definitely making progress. One legislator told me this morning-“yes, we are getting the calls!”  He’s a “NO” on this bill, by the way.

INFANTICIDE BILL GETS MEDIA COVERAGE AFTER IT PASSES COMMITTEE

See our quotes in the AAS article.http://www.statesman.com/news/content/region/legislature/stories/05/05/0505infanticide.html

Also, the ACLU of Texas registerd “FOR” this bill.


Breaking-‘Choose Life’ To Be Voted on By Senate Today-Watch for Live Blog Updates on Vote

April 29, 2009

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!


De-Fund Planned Parenthood

April 16, 2009

Please call your State House Representative and ask he/she to SUPPORT  the Chisum Amendment to Rider 56 to the State Budget.  The State Budget will be voted on tomorrow.  This amendment will drastically reduce funding for Planned Parenthood for “family planning” activities.  Planned Parenthood was recently issued “Cease and Desist” orders for illegally operating 4 unlicensed abortion clinics in Texas.   Please help us send a message that Planned Parenthood is irresponsible and as such should be be denied funding.

Click here to contact your State Representative. http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/


State Orders Cease & Desist Against Illegal Planned Parenthood Facilities in Texas

April 14, 2009

Click here for letter from State Department of Health  dshs-cease-desist-letter 

Free Market Foundation
MEDIA ALERT

Texas Stops Illegal Abortions at Unlicensed Planned Parenthood Facilities
Free Market Praises Leadership of State Representatives

AUSTIN, Texas – In a press conference today at 2 p.m. in the Speaker’s Press Room, State Representatives will release a Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) letter indicating that some unlicensed Planned Parenthood abortion services facilities were illegally performing abortions, and have been ordered to stop performing abortionprocedures that require state licensure.  Other Planned Parenthood facilities are also under investigation by the State. 

“We applaud the leadership of state officials for uncovering the unlawful practices of Planned Parenthood,” said Jonathan Saenz, director of legislative affairs at Free Market Foundation.  “We refuse to sit back and allow Planned Parenthood to put the lives of women at risk, for the organization’s own benefit.”

A letter from the legislators prompted the DSHS investigation, which uncovered four unlicensed Planned Parenthood facilities in the San Antonio area, and is expanding its investigation into other Planned Parenthood facilities.  Planned Parenthood operates the largest chain of abortion facilities in Texas and receives more than $10 million a year from Texas taxpayers through the state’s family planning program.

The State Representatives who released the DSHS letter include Rep. Phil King, Rep. Wayne Christian, Rep. Leo Berman, Rep. Tan Parker, Rep. Betty Brown, Rep. John Davis, Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, Rep. Ken Paxton, Rep. Jim Jackson, Rep. Ralph Sheffield, and Rep. Todd Hunter.

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Ultrasound Bill-Full Senate Vote This Week!!

March 30, 2009

SB 182, by Sen. Patrick has been placed on the Senate Intent Calendar and could be voted on as early as Wednesday or possibly Thursday by the full Texas Senate.  This bill requires that an ultrasound be performed on a woman considering abortion and that the woman is offered an opportunity to view the ultrasound image and hear the baby’s heartbeat.  The pregnant woman is absolutely not required to view the ultrasound image or hear the heartbeat.

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/calendars/html/S120090331.htm

Please Contact your State Senator and ask them to support this excellent, pro-life bill, SB 182: Bill Text

Click here Senators’ information.  CALL NOW!!!  http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/ 

Texas Senators: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Members/Members.aspx?Chamber=S


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.


Live! Pro-Life Lobby Day Update

February 24, 2009

Watch the video of the Press Conference.  Visit http://www.senate.state.tx.us/avarchive/ and click Feb. 24 — Press Conference – Senator Dan Patrick.

Over 300 Pro-Life advocates descended on the Capitol.  Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, Sen. Patrick, and Rep. Corte and many others gave comments to support pro-life lobby day.

Poor John Kelso of the AAS gets heartburn from live ultrasounds, a similar feeling for many who have to read his liberal ranting.  I guess his readership was down so he had to stir the pot with more outlandish statements.  http://tinyurl.com/a9z2lw

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Key House Bills Referred to Committees

February 17, 2009

HB 36-Rep. Corte- Ultrasound & Heartbeat Bill
Relating to informed consent to an abortion.
2/12/2009 H Referred to State Affairs

HB 44-Rep. Corte- Sign Required regarding real function of Emergency Contraception
Relating to disclosing information to persons obtaining emergency contraception.
2/12/2009 H Referred to Public Health

HB 109-Rep. Phillips – Choose Life License Plate
Relating to the issuance of “Choose Life” license plates and the creation of the Choose Life account in the general revenue fund.
2/12/2009 H Referred to Transportation View all actions

HB 125 Rep. Betty Brown-Voter, proof of identification
Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification.
2/12/2009 H Referred to Elections View all actions


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