* * * VERY URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT 6/3/11 * * *
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Planned Parenthood stands to lose at least $17 million per year in government funds if the Texas Legislature adopts the pro-life provisions in Senate Bill 7, a bill being considered TODAY. Senate Bill 7, by Sen. Jane Nelson (D-Flower Mound) will be considered in the Senate this afternoon beginning at 3:30 PM.
Please immediately urge your state senator to support the pro-life provisions in Senate Bill 7.
All state legislators can be reached through the Capitol Switchboard at 512.463.4630 during business hours. Give your address, and ask to be transferred to your state senator. Or visit the Texas Legislature Online at http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us.
Sample phone message:
Hello, my name is ________. As a constituent, I urge Sen. ________ to support the pro-life provisions of Senate Bill 7 to defund Planned Parenthood. Thank you.
Sample email message:
Dear Senator ____________:
As one of your constituents, I ask you to please support the pro-life provisions of Senate Bill 7 to defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is the state’s largest provider of abortions. I do not want them to receive our tax dollars for providing family planning services to low-income women. There are hundreds of alternate providers that offer far better care for women and their families. Thank you
Please let us know you’ve made your call.
For more information and to report the results of your contacts, contact Texas Alliance for Life at 512.477.1244 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Texas Legislature ended its regular session on Monday, May 30, completing the most successful session in the history of the pro-life movement in Texas. However, one of the top priorities of Texas Alliance for Life and many other organizations — the complete defunding of Planned Parenthood from tax dollars — remains uncompleted.
Planned Parenthood still remains eligible to receive $17 million per year or more from the Women’s Health Program (WHP), a Medicaid family planning program.
Fortunately, pro-life Gov. Rick Perry has called a special session to address several unfinished budget issues, including the operation of the Medicaid program. Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) has filed Senate Bill 7 that will make Planned Parenthood ineligible for millions of tax dollars in two ways:
- Instructs the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to prioritize the awarding of family planning grants to public community health centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other providers that offer comprehensive primary and preventative care as part of their family planning services. This will shift family planning grants from Planned Parenthood to providers who offer far better services to low-income women and families. Since Planned Parenthood is not a public entity, is not a Federally Qualified Health Center, and does not offer comprehensive primary care, they will be at the bottom of the priority list. Planned Parenthood will lose $12 million per year currently received for Title V, X, and XX family planning grants.
- Prohibits the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) from contracting with abortion providers and their affiliates under the Women’s Health Program. The program will continue, and funds will be available to providers that offer better, more comprehensive health services to low-income women and their families. Planned Parenthood will lose $17 million per year from the Medicaid Women’s Health Program.
Planned Parenthood runs 14 abortion facilities in Texas, making it the state’s largest abortion provider.
Planned Parenthood provides inadequate healthcare for women and families and is unwilling or unable to provide comprehensive primary care services to low-income women and their families.
For more information, visit www.TexasAllianceforLife.org.