House Bill 1 could be the most Pro-Life budget ever passed in Texas, but some legislators on the budget conference committee want to restore a huge revenue stream to the abortion industry! State and federal dollars should go to health care providers who do not provide or refer for abortion.
Our sources in the Legislature told Texas Right to Life that efforts were underway to restore the $61.7 million to family planning that was removed by overwhelming majorities in the State House.
However, due to immediate pushback by our Pro-Life elected representatives, the conference committee last night left the final amount for family planning programs pending.
Action is needed now!
Contact the members of the House Bill 1 Conference Committee and urge them to keep both the Williams Senate rider AND the House family planning cuts in the state budget.
On April 1st, the Texas House of Representatives overwhelmingly adopted 8 different amendments to redirect $61.7 million away from the abortion industry to other worthy programs. The House was careful not to move additional family planning funds, leaving $104 million untouched in family planning required for complete compliance with federal spending mandates.
Over 300 "clean" clinics, agencies, and offices across the state qualify to provide family planning services. These clinics and agencies do not provide or refer for abortion and offer a full spectrum of health care services, not just reproductive-related services. State and federal dollars should go to health care providers who do not provide or refer for abortion.
While the amount of funds allocated to family planning has steadily increased over the years, 81,851 women in Texas still chose abortion in 2008, the last year for which data is available. Our tax dollars should not go to the abortion industry under the guise of family planning. Furthermore, any woman seeking contraception should certainly not be going to an abortion clinic for such purpose, especially when Planned Parenthood makes hundreds of millions selling abortions nationwide as the largest provider of abortion in Texas and America.
When Texas faces such dramatic shortfalls in the budget, Texas Right to Life finds NO excuse acceptable for our elected officials to not adopt BOTH the Williams rider and the $61.7 million reallocated away from family planning in the state budget. If there is any money “found,” such money can certainly be put to a better use.
Please contact the budget conferees NOW, this morning, and respectfully request that they maintain the Williams Senate rider and the House family planning cuts in the state budget. Ask them to KEEP House Bill 1 the most Pro-Life budget ever passed in Texas for Texans, born and unborn!
Yours for Life,
Director, Texas Right to Life