Urge your Texas State Senator to Support the Pro-Life provisions in Senate Bill 7 to Defund Planned Parenthood!

* * * VERY URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT 6/3/11 * * *

Urge your Texas state senator to support the pro-life provisions in Senate Bill 7 to defund Planned Parenthood!

==> Please forward to pro-life contacts <==

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.

The amendment will shift the funds to health care providers who offer better services to low-income women and their families but do not provide abortions or are not affiliates of abortion providers.

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 MESSAGES:

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

Your name

Your address

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 orinfo@texasallianceforlife.org.

BACKGROUND

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.

Senator Jane Nelson

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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

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About Alice Linahan

Alice Linahan is a Conservative, politically-active Texas Mom who has worked hard in the trenches of the Tea Party movement. As an active Real Estate blogger turned online newspaper owner, Alice launched Resolute Media Group along with two partners. It quickly grew into playing an integral part in holding politicians and the progressive/liberal media accountable by getting real stories out to Americans across the country using social media integration and Resolute Media’s “North Texas Navigator”. Now Alice has launched Voices to Action Consulting. Alice is working hard to train boots on the ground activists using social media techniques to get accurate information out to the passive majority of Americans. In addition she is working on projects at both the state and national level to save our Country from attacks from within our own borders. In addition I am currently on the Advisory Board for a new series of e-books by Harper-Collins entitled "Voices of the Tea Party". I have been published in such publications as Focus on the Family's Citizen Magazine and am board member of Women on the Wall, an organization working on building a safe and prosperous Texas for our children and grandchildren to thrive.
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