85th Legislative Session Wrap-up: Texas Fails Women Once Again

Monday was the last day of the 85th Texas Legislative Session and once again extreme legislators demonstrated a total disregard for the health and wellbeing of Texas women. In total, lawmakers filed nearly 40 anti-abortion regulations — several of which passed under the now multi-part Senate Bill (SB) 8. The 2018-2019 budget continues to block patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood through  state health programs and goes even further to cut Planned Parenthood off from all state funding — period.

While extremists were able to claim several victories off the backs of women who will now face further obstacles to getting reproductive health care, our women’s health champions in the legislature were able to defeat a number of cruel and unnecessary bills.

BILLS PASSED

SB 8 is the most significant and restrictive anti-abortion regulation since 2013, when the Texas Legislature passed HB 2 — the law struck down by the Supreme Court just last summer. The bill, by Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown), started as a ban on the donation of fetal tissue for medical research and on an abortion method already illegal at the federal level. After six-hours of debate on the House floor during which extreme legislators piled on further restrictions, SB 8 grew into a dangerous and cruel multi-part bill. The bill now also requires fetal tissue from an abortion procedure to be buried or cremated, even if the patient’s health was at risk or she was a victim of rape or incest and bans the safest, most common method for second trimester abortion. While the vast majority of abortion procedures take place in the first trimester, some health risks to pregnant women may not become apparent early in pregnancy and identification of fetal anomalies most often occur during the second trimester. Banning the safest method for these abortions forces doctors to resort to alternatives that may not be what they, based on their professional judgment, think is best for their patient. SB 8 imposes an excessive burden on patients seeking access to safe, legal abortion and similar provisions have already been challenged in court. In anticipation of a ruling against the constitutionality of SB 8, lawmakers included a “severability” clause that will keep the rest of the bill intact if any one piece is struck down by the courts.

HB 2858 by Rep. DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne), requiring abortion facilities to post human trafficking signage, passed as an amendment to HB 2552. Planned Parenthood supports requiring all health care facilities in Texas to be trained to identify human trafficking and intimate partner violence. However, this amendment singles out abortion providers and further stigmatizes abortion. Human trafficking experts say that victims are likely to be intercepted in emergency rooms, doctors offices, and even dentist offices and a genuine effort to help victims would include a variety of health care providers. Meanwhile, lawmakers opted to cut funding from sex trafficking victims’ services out of the state budget.

SB 1, or the state budget for 2018-2019, continues to block low-income women from accessing care at Planned Parenthood through the Healthy Texas Women and Breast and Cervical Cancer Services programs because some health centers also provide abortion services. Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) and Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) went even further by adding  a budget rider that prevents Planned Parenthood from receiving any state funds whatsoever, threatening health centers’ ability to provide critical health care and education to communities in need. At the same time, the budget allocates up to $38,300,000 for the Alternatives to Abortion program, which funnels money to crisis pregnancy centers known to mislead and deceive women in an attempt to coerce women against having an abortion. Crisis pregnancy centers generally provide no health care services at all.

BILLS DEFEATED

SB 20 by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) would have banned insurance companies from providing abortion coverage in private health plans and those available through the Affordable Care Act. This bill made no exceptions for rape, incest, or fetal abnormality, and explicitly put women’s health and wellbeing at risk by not allowing a person to insure themselves for all emergency situations.

SB 25 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R – Conroe) would have allowed doctors to withhold vital information from a patient about her own pregnancy by taking away the patient’s legal recourse. This bill was nothing more than yet another attempt by anti-abortion activists to chip away at the already narrow exception for fetal abnormalities.

HB 2962 by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) would have required additional extensive reporting related to abortion complications despite the fact that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States and that Texas already has robust reporting systems in place. An alarmingly invasive amendment proposed to the bill during floor debate would have required women who experience an abortion complication to disclose their marital status, last menstrual period, and other personal information to be recorded in a state database.

A number of proactive women’s health bills also died before the deadline this session. HB 745 by Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) would have eliminated the mandatory 24-hour waiting period before a patient can have an abortion. HB 1373 by Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston) would have allowed minors who are already parents to access birth control without parental consent.

Years of hostile policies have already left tens of thousands of Texas women without access to cancer screenings, birth control, and safe, legal abortion. Together, we keep fighting for a legislature that will work for health care access for all Texans.

Patients and Advocates Close Out 1,000 Mile Planned Parenthood Road Trip to Speak Against Hostile Policies

Austin, TX – Today, Planned Parenthood patients and advocates are closing out a four day, 1,000 mile road trip across the state to bring attention to the devastating, real life impact of the continued attacks on access to reproductive health care and Planned Parenthood. This last stop of the tour is especially relevant. Yesterday, in an unprecedented maneuver, Texas politicians redrafted the approved conference committee report  specifically attacking access to care at Planned Parenthood. Patients and advocates will be at the Capitol in Austin speaking out about these attacks on access to care at Planned Parenthood.

“Texas politicians once again targeted women’s access to health care at Planned Parenthood. Texas has attacked women’s health care every way they can think of and they are not done. Women in Texas are already suffering and dying because of the state’s callous disregard for their health and well-being,” said Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes. “The people who pay the the price for these backroom deals are young women, women of color, those who live in rural areas, and women with low incomes – who already face barriers to health care. Texas lawmakers should be working to fix the damage they’ve caused and expand women’s access to quality, affordable health care and providers like Planned Parenthood.”

Over the past four days, patients and advocates have traveled to 11 cities — Brownsville, McAllen, San Antonio, Round Rock, Waco, Dallas, Tyler, Lufkin, Houston, Sugar Land and now Austin — to deliver petitions to legislators and visit various Planned Parenthood health centers. They spoke with patients, providers and advocates and via Facebook Live captured and told their firsthand stories about why they stand with Planned Parenthood.

WHAT:
#StandWithPPTX Tour: 1,000 Miles for Women’s Health
Patient story interviews and advocates taking action against hostile health policies

WHEN:
4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 25, 2017

WHERE:
South Gate of the Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Intersection of 11th St. & Congress Ave.)
WATCH ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Years of hostile policies have already left tens of thousands of Texas women without access to cancer screenings, birth control, HIV tests and other preventive care. After the state cut off access to Planned Parenthood health centers in 2011, the state’s own numbers show that two years later, nearly 30,000 fewer women received birth control, cancer screenings, and other care as a result. And, a recent study found that 35% fewer women obtained the most effective forms of birth control and that there was a 27% increase in births among women who had previously accessed injectible contraception.

The state is currently seeking federal approval and funding for its ill-fated family planning program, Healthy Texas Women. This is a program created specifically to block access to care at Planned Parenthood that, by every measure, has failed to fill the tremendous unmet need for healthcare. On Saturday, a 10-member legislative committee approved a version of the 2018-2019 budget that prevents Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal or state funding from any current or future programs.

Planned Parenthood is one of Texas’ most trusted providers of reproductive health and family planning services, including breast and cervical cancer screenings. Most Planned Parenthood patients are uninsured or underinsured, live paycheck to paycheck, and pay out of pocket for their health care.

Planned Parenthood supporters are sending a message to politicians that it is past time to get serious about helping Texans access quality, affordable health care and allow Planned Parenthood health centers to fully participate in Texas’ health safety net.

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Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV) is the nonpartisan policy, advocacy and political arm for the Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas.

Hit the road with us for #StandWithPPTX Tour: 1,000 Miles for Women’s Health

Planned Parenthood health centers play a critical role in the lives of more than 100,000  Texans by providing lifesaving cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and affordable birth control—services extreme politicians in the Texas Legislature are intent on wiping out.

Watch the powerful film by Joss Whedon that depicts what the world would look like if attempts to shut down Planned Parenthood succeed.

Attacks on reproductive health and rights are dangerous. Yesterday, the Texas House passed the most restrictive anti-abortion bill since HB 2, the law struck down by the Supreme Court just last summer. The state is currently seeking federal approval and funding for its ill-fated family planning program, Healthy Texas Women. This is a program created specifically to block access to care at Planned Parenthood that, by every measure, has failed to fill the tremendous unmet need for healthcare.

While extreme legislators are reckless with our health and safety, it’s Texas women and families that suffer the tangible, devastating consequences. That’s why we are embarking on a 1,000 mile road trip across the state to capture and tell the firsthand stories of Planned Parenthood patients and advocates in Texas.

Join us on Facebook at 9 a.m. on Monday, when we go live from the road. The stakes could not be higher in the fight for reproductive health and rights. We’re fighting for our health, and for our lives.

May 1: At the Capitol This Week

For more than 100 years, May 1st has been about fighting for the rights of workers and immigrants. This May Day, Planned Parenthood is proud to stand in solidarity with our allies to protect the lives, health, and safety of all people in Texas. Planned Parenthood activists and supporters joined in a sit-in outside of Governor Greg Abbott’s Austin office today to demand that he veto the hateful ‘show me your papers” bill, SB 4. We know what happens when communities who already face barriers to accessing care are driven further into the shadows – they will forsake the care they need to preserve their own safety and economic security for their families. Together, we keep fighting so that all Texans can live free from discrimination.

Legislative committee hears bill to ban abortion coverage in health plans

On Wednesday, House State Affairs will hear HB 1113 by Rep. John Smithee (R-Amarillo). This is the companion bill to SB 20 by Sen. Larry Taylor (R- League City), which seeks to ban insurance companies from providing abortion coverage in private health plans and those available through the Affordable Care Act. This bill makes no exceptions for rape, incest, or fetal abnormality, and explicitly puts women’s health and wellbeing at risk by not allowing a person to insure themselves for all emergency situations. Restricting insurance coverage for abortion jeopardizes the health and safety of Texans and disproportionately impacts low-income Texans, obstructing their access to health care.

April 24: At the Capitol This Week

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There is a little over one month left of the legislative session, which means our state lawmakers will spend more time  on the House and Senate floors to pass more legislation in the coming weeks than in the preceding five months combined. Our top priorities continue to be to prevent state efforts to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from providing health care services to Texans, and to stop dangerous anti-abortion bills from advancing to the floor. We are working with our allies in both chambers to defend reproductive health and rights. Please read below for details on legislative activity this week and how to take action.

Fight back against a state budget that threatens the health of Texas women and families

 The Texas House and Senate have both proposed versions of the 2018-2019 state budget that include new provisions that further attack access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Both the House and Senate versions of the budget would continue to prevent Planned Parenthood from participating in the state’s Healthy Texas Women and Breast and Cervical Cancer Services programs. One far-reaching budget-wide amendment by Representatives Drew Springer (R-Gainesville) and Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) goes even further by banning any and all state funding to Planned Parenthood.

Now, a Conference Committee of ten appointed legislators will work to reconcile a single version of the state budget before it can receive final approval from the full legislature. The conference committee process is one of the very last opportunities to remove these new provisions that further prevent Planned Parenthood from participating in state programs. Politicians in Texas have targeted access to health care for Planned Parenthood’s patients again and again and it’s women and families that continue to suffer the devastating consequences.

Stop 5 anti-abortion bills from advancing to a vote by the full House

Five anti-abortion bills have been passed by House State Affairs Committee and now it’s up to the Texas House Calendars Committee whether or not they advance to the full House of Representatives for a vote. Send committee members a message now, asking them to stop these attacks on Texans’ reproductive rights today.

House Debates Anti-Immigrant Sanctuary Cities Ban on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Texas House will debate its version of the anti-immigrant sanctuary cities ban bill by Rep. Charlie Geren (R-River Oaks [outside Ft. Worth]). The House version, like SB 4 in the Senate, would ban cities from adopting sanctuary policies that prevent law enforcement from inquiring about immigration status or enforcing immigration law. Unlike the Senate version, the House bill does not include a provision that would cut state funding to entities that do not enforce national immigration law, and stipulates that an officer cannot ask about immigration status until after a suspect is arrested.

Rep. Victoria Neave (D-Dallas) is taking a stand against this discriminatory bill by leading a fast that began Sunday and will last until Wednesday — the day the House plans to debate the legislation. Click here to learn how to join Rep. Neave in fasting in opposition to legislation that will destroy families and communities.

Early Voting For Local Elections is April 24-May 2

 

GOTV_pptvEarly voting for local elections begins on Monday, April 24 and runs through Tuesday, May 2. Election day is May 6. The fight against the relentless attacks on women’s health takes place at the ballot box every election. Make a plan now to #PinkOutTheVote!

Check Your Voter Status: Use this tool to find your voter registration status and polling place information. To start, pick a selection criteria from the drop down box on the right. 

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes asked candidates to let us know where they stand on health care access and reproductive rights. The following candidates rated 100% on their commitment to women’s health issues:

Pasadena

  • Cody Wheeler – City Council, District E
  • April Lance – City Council, District H

San Antonio

  • Napoleon Madrid – Mayor
  • Ron Nirenberg – Mayor
  • John Martin Velasquez – Mayor
  • Melissa Cabello Havrda – City Council, District 6
  • Lon Jett IV – City Council, District 10

Find Your Polling LocationUse this tool to find your voter registration status and polling place information. To start, pick a selection criteria from the drop down box on the right.

During early voting, from Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2, registered voters may vote at ANY early voting location located in their county of residence.

San Antonio

Dallas

Plano

Pasadena

Round Rock

Humble

**Find information for your city here**

 

Statement: House State Affairs Committee Approves Four Bills to Push Abortion Further Out of Reach for Texans

Yesterday, the House State Affairs Committee voted to approve four additional bills that are nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to ban abortion. House bills 35, 200, 2962, and 1936 unnecessarily target an extremely safe, legal medical procedure and hurt women and their families.

Statement from Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes:
“These bills are just the latest in a relentless wave of legislation aimed at chipping away at the right to safe, legal abortion. They do nothing to improve the health and safety of women, and the politicians behind them have only one objective: To push their extreme agenda onto Texans who don’t want or support these dangerous policies. Politicians have no right to control the lives of women and their families and should turn their attention to helping Texans access quality, affordable health care.”

April 17: At the Capitol this Week

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Last Thursday, President Trump signed into law a repeal of the Obama administration’s rule that prevented states from blocking access to preventive care at a health center just because its organization also provides safe, legal abortion. The move will embolden states to try to block access to affordable family planning services through Title X, both at Planned Parenthood health centers and independent clinics.

Extreme politicians in Texas are more than willing to take away access to birth control and cancer screenings, as they have proven time and time again. The blatant attacks on reproductive health and rights here at home and on the national level are all part of the same extreme agenda: to ban abortion no matter the consequences to the health and wellbeing of everyday people.

In the face of these attacks, we continue to fight for the long haul. We felt the power of our movement in the sea of pink outside the Texas Capitol on Lobby Day. Let’s carry that feeling forward for the road ahead.

LAST WEEK

Bill Allowing Doctors to Lie to their Patients Without Consequence Moves Forward

On Wednesday, the House State Affairs Committee approved HB 434 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Denton), which allows doctors to lie to their patients without consequence and threatens a woman’s ability to make fully informed decisions about her pregnancy. HB 434 will eliminate the “wrongful birth” cause of action and take legal recourse away from a woman for whom vital information about her pregnancy was withheld. Now it’s up to the Texas House Calendars Committee whether this bill advances to the full House of Representatives for a vote.

In the Texas House, after a bill is approved by committee, it must overcome another major hurdle before becoming law or being sent to the Senate: The House Committee on Calendars, chaired by Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), must set a bill for consideration on the Daily House Calendar. The committee operates largely behind closed doors, though members of the public can attend official meetings in person. However, meetings are often sporadic and announced from the floor with little notice. Though not by official rule, members of this committee can “tag” bills in an attempt to delay or sometimes prevent them from coming to the floor. The House Calendars committee has the power to  effectively kill the legislation — making it a very important committee, and one where you want to have allies.

Several anti-abortion bills are still pending in the House Committee on State Affairs, and could be brought up for a vote at any time, at which time they will be sent to the Calendars Committee. Pending legislation includes HB 35 by Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana), which requires the burial or cremation of fetal tissue, HB 200 by Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Garland) that bans the donation of fetal tissue for scientific research, and HB 2962 by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Keller) that requires additional extensive  reporting related to abortion complications by licensed abortion facilities.

THIS WEEK

Committee Considers Marlise’s Law

On Wednesday, House State Affairs will hear HB 439 by Rep. Nicole Collier (R-Ft. Worth). This bill, known as Marlise’s Law, would empower families of pregnant patients to make end-of-life care decisions for a family member who is terminally ill. At 14 weeks pregnant, Marlise Muñoz suffered a pulmonary embolism that left her brain dead. Over the objections of her family, Marlise’s previously declared wishes to be taken off life support in such a situation were not honored when the hospital determined she was pregnant. In Texas, the law requires that a pregnant woman continue to be given medical treatment, even if it cannot help her or her fetus. Marlise was kept on life support for 62 days while her family fought the hospital’s decision in court, all the while being forced to watch her condition deteriorate. Marlise’s Law seeks to make sure no other family has to go through this family’s experience.

Hearing Set for Transgender Discrimination Bill

House State Affairs will also hear HB 2899 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Denton), which would ban municipalities and school districts from enforcing ordinances, orders, or other measures that protect transgender Texans from discrimination when using restrooms or changing facilities that correspond with their gender identity. This bill is being promoted as an alternative to SB 6 by some lawmakers, but remains discriminatory and dangerous.

April 11: At the Capitol this week

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In the early hours of Friday morning, extreme politicians in the Texas House voted to advance a budget amendment targeting access to care at Planned Parenthood. According to House Republican Caucus Chair Tan Parker this amendment was “traded” for a measure that would have prohibited transgender Texans from using the restrooms of their choice.

“It is shameful that Texas politicians are making backroom deals on which vulnerable population to target,” said Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Executive Director Yvonne Gutierrez. “These politicians are doubling down on failed policies that are bad for Texans and have decimated access to health care.”

Planned Parenthood patients, supporters, staff, and volunteers are people of all gender identities, including transgender and gender nonconforming people. Attacks on access to health care, at Planned Parenthood or elsewhere, are an attack on LGBTQ communities, who often face greater hurdles to getting the care they need. We are all in this together and we will keep fighting for health care access for all Texans — no matter what.

Texas House Votes to “Defund” Planned Parenthood and Fund Anti-Abortion Program

During budget debates, legislators also voted to double funding for the state’s Alternatives to Abortion (A2A) program by taking money from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) air quality assessment and planning program, which monitors air pollution levels. The A2A program largely funds crisis pregnancy centers, which mislead and deceive women with scientifically inaccurate information to persuade them not to have abortions. Crisis pregnancy centers that receive funding under this program are not audited, are not required to meet any metrics, and have little to no oversight or reporting requirements. They offer no medical services, but have received millions of dollars in funding from the state over the years. If the budget is approved as-is in conference committee, the A2A program will receive $38 million in the next two-year cycle.

Next, the budget goes to Conference Committee where members of the House and Senate will work to reconcile their budgets. This week, the Lieutenant Governor will appoint Senate Conferees, and the Speaker will appoint House conferees. Sometime after Easter, the conferees will meet — historically  behind closed doors — to consider the budget. Conference Committee is the last stage before final passage of the budget, so it is our last chance to work with potential allies on the committee to get amendments that prevent Planned Parenthood from participating in any state programs and increase funding for so-called crisis pregnancy centers stripped from the budget.

House State Affairs Committee

This week, House State Affairs will hear two abortion related bills. The first, HB 3771 by Chairman Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) changes the definition of abortion in a specific part of the code to exclude procedures to remove an ectopic pregnancy. The result would be that providers that only perform abortions related to ectopic pregnancies, but do not provide other abortion services, would not be regulated as abortion facilities. Women receiving abortions from these providers would not be subject to Texas’ many Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws — including the mandatory waiting period and forced sonogram. We are neutral on this bill and would support it if it was expanded to include all pregnancy related complications, and applied to all providers performing abortions due to these complications.

Also on Wednesday, House State Affairs will hear HB 2858 by Rep. DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne), which requires abortion providers to post human trafficking assistance signage, including the phone number for the national human trafficking hotline. The bill also raises the offense for traffickers to a 1st degree felony if the commission of the offense results in an abortion, and creates a 2nd degree felony offense if the trafficker coerces a woman into having an abortion.

The scope of this bill is too limited and, as it stands, is an attack on abortion providers under the pretense of helping human trafficking victims. Identifying victims of human trafficking is a priority for Planned Parenthood, which is why Planned Parenthood health centers have long had policies in place to help staff identify and assist victims of human trafficking and intimate partner violence (IPV). However, victims of human trafficking experience a wide variety of health problems, such as respiratory infections and dental problems. A genuine effort to identify victims should include other health care providers more likely to come into contact with human trafficking victims, such as emergency rooms, dentists, and low-cost clinics. Planned Parenthood opposes targeted, arbitrary regulation of abortion providers, and therefore opposes HB 2858 unless it is expanded to include other relevant providers. In addition, the bill should be amended to increase penalties for traffickers who prohibit a victim from accessing abortion.

Senate Health and Human Services Committee

This Wednesday, Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hear SB 1602 by Sen. Campbell. This bill would require abortion providers to produce extensive detailed reports on abortion complications. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the United States: a patient is more likely to experience complications from a wisdom tooth extraction. E

Ensuring the health and safety of Planned Parenthood patients is central to the mission of its health centers. SB 1602 is another in a long string of attacks on abortion providers and the abortion procedure with the goal of intimidating and shaming women and healthcare providers.

#txlege resistance

Every Monday through Thursday through May 8, you can join a coalition of progressive organizations and drop by the Capitol to register on every bill that is a scheduled for a hearing on that day. In order to help inform positions on bills, numerous community partners are sharing their legislative agendas. Based on that information, daily bill lists of every bill scheduled for hearing will be emailed and available at the Capitol for advocates to reference. Please stop by Rep. Chris Turner’s office in E1.408 for daily packets or receive the packets via email by signing up at http://bit.ly/txlegeresistance.

April 4: At the Capitol This Week

House State Affairs Committee Hearing Wednesday

he House State Affairs Committee will hear two anti-abortion bills, and one proactive women’s health bill. HB 434 by Rep. Simmons, the companion bill to SB 25 by Sen. Creighton, would eliminate the wrongful birth cause of action which would allow physicians to lie or withhold vital information about a pregnancy from a patient. HB 1936 by Rep. Simmons is another attempt to block access to Planned Parenthood and ban abortion by prohibiting a governmental entity from entering into a sale, lease, or donation with an abortion provider or affiliate of abortion provider.

HB 747 By Rep. Farrar would allow victims of sexual assault who seek care at an emergency facility to access emergency contraception at that same location, rather than having to seek the medication from another provider. Survivors deserve complete and accurate information about the treatment and medical assistance they are entitled to receive.

House Budget Debate on Thursday

On Thursday, the House will debate SB1 — the state’s biennial budget. Hundreds of amendments have been filed, including many abortion and women’s health related amendments — both good and bad. We expect to see a fight over funding for the “Alternatives to Abortion” program, which funnels millions of dollars to crisis pregnancy centers, known to mislead and deceive women against having an abortion. Several extremist legislators have filed amendments to the budget which would increase funding for this misguided, ineffective program.

Meanwhile, several women’s health champions have filed amendments that would strip funding from these unaudited crisis pregnancy centers and move it to programs where it is actually needed, and where the money could have a positive impact: for instance, to sexual assault victims and for assistance to human trafficking victims.

In addition, pro-choice state Rep. Diana Arévalo has filed an amendment to restore funding to Planned Parenthood by striking the so-called “affiliate ban” that prevents Planned Parenthood from providing care through the state’s Healthy Texas Women program.

#txlege resistance

Every Monday through Thursday through May 8, you can join a coalition of progressive organizations and drop by the Capitol to register on every bill that is a scheduled for a hearing on that day. In order to help inform positions on bills, numerous community partners are sharing their legislative agendas. Based on that information, daily bill lists of every bill scheduled for hearing will be emailed and available at the Capitol for advocates to reference. Please stop by Rep. Chris Turner’s office in E1.408 for daily packets or receive the packets via email by signing up at http://bit.ly/txlegeresistance.

  • Stop SB 2119 and Protect the Texas Top 10% Plan: For the last 20 years, the Texas Top 10% Plan (TTPP) has served as a powerful tool to open the doors to college for students from rural, urban and low-income neighborhoods – especially to flagship institutions whose doors were largely shut to most Texans. SB 2119 would reverse course on that progress, impacting all Texas public colleges and universities. The Texas Latino Education Coalition (TLEC) urges you to oppose SB 2119, scheduled for public hearing on Wednesday, April 5.