Texas passes a bill banning cities from partnering with Planned Parenthood on any services.
The Texas State Senate voted 20-11 Friday to approve a House amendment to a bill that would ban state, county, and local governments from contracting or partnering with Planned Parenthood for any services. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott.
We applaud Representative @leachfortexas, Senator @loiskolkhorst & all of our Republican legislators for accomplishing legislation that protects those who cannot protect themselves. There should never be a question about whether or not to protect life. #txlege pic.twitter.com/2099SD93Av
— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) May 23, 2019
The Senate chamber agreed Friday with a change to Senate Bill 22 made in the House chamber. The bill would prohibit the transfer of money to an abortion provider — but it would also bar the transfer of goods, services or anything that offers the provider “something of value derived from state or local tax revenue.” Abortion opponents worry that any money directed to abortion providers could be used to promote the organization in other important ways, like to finance advertisements or open a new clinic. They criticized Planned Parenthood’s $1-per-year rental agreement with the city for its East Austin clinic, which they’ve railed against as an unfair “sweetheart rent deal.”
“This bill just prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to support or prop up abortion providers,” said state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, the bill’s author.
But SB 22 has been termed by critics as the “biggest threat to Planned Parenthood this session.” The measure would also apply to an affiliate of an abortion provider, so no Planned Parenthood clinics could partner with local governments — even clinics that don’t provide abortions. Critics of the bill consider it an attack on local control. They think it would prevent people from accessing important nonabortion services like sexually transmitted disease testing and birth control counseling. They say providers like Planned Parenthood are a key part of the health care safety net for low-income residents in a state that has the highest rate of uninsured adults in the country. More
Good for Texas. Boy Oh Boy, are the heathens raging for their ‘rights’ to murder innocent babies. Satan sure has been busy, along with his minions working hard to sacrifice the most innocent among us.
I’d hate to be one of these folks when they stand before God. They will be without excuse for excusing this pure evil.
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