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.


House Votes in Favor of SB 7 to Defund Planned Parenthood

June 9, 2011

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.

SB 7, With Defund Planned Parenthood Provisions, Being Debated on House Floor

June 8, 2011

Update: SB 7 passes, final vote is tomorrow

4:00 p.m.

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.

Texas Bill Prevents Taxpayer Funded Abortions, By Hospital District Governmental Entity

March 15, 2011

HB 561 was heard in House State Affairs last night.  We testified in favor of this bill.  See Rep. Christian’s statement on this issue.

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

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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