Liberty Institute Statement on SB 7 Passage, Planned Parenthood Funding Cut

June 27, 2011

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:

Record Vote of House on SB 7:

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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.

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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.


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