After effectively killing more than 100 House bills
—including two that would have addressed Texas’ disturbingly high maternal mortality rate—and passing two anti-abortion bills
before last Thursday’s deadline to pass House bills, the Texas House now turns its attention to Senate bills, which it can pass for another week. The House Calendars Committee—which controls which bills are heard on the House floor and when—is considering an extreme and dangerous anti-abortion bill passed by the Senate earlier this session, and may have more on their plate later this week as House committees pass more Senate bills.
PLACED ON THE HOUSE CALENDAR FOR 5-19-2017 — Senate Bill 8
would ban the donation of fetal tissue from abortion clinics for research purposes and contains a copy of an existing federal ban of safe, medically-proven abortion procedure. It also requires embryonic and fetal tissue to be buried or cremated, rather than handled according to current public health regulations.
Senate Bill 20
bans private health insurance plans from offering coverage for abortion care and forces Texans who experience an unplanned pregnancy or unexpected pregnancy complication to buy additional coverage. This bill will cut off access to affordable abortion care for low-income and rural Texans and people of color.
Senate Bill 25 would protect doctors who lie to pregnant patients, or fail to tell them about diagnoses related to the pregnancy.
Now is the time to CALL the members on the House Calendars Committee and tell them to stop these cruel, medically unnecessary bills from going to the House floor where they will undoubtedly be made worse. Feel free to use the script below:
Hi, my name is ______.
I’m calling to ask Rep. _____, who is a member of the House Calendars Committee, to REJECT sending SB 25 to the full Texas House floor for debate and vote. The most extreme members of the legislature should not be rewarded or allowed to take credit for these bills moving to the house floor for debate.
Texans must be able to make their own medical decisions with the advice of the doctors they trust. Senate Bills 8, 20 and 25 interfere in the doctor-patient relationship, have no public health benefit and will cut off access to affordable health care. If passed, these bills would harm pregnant Texans.
[Insert your own story, if you like.]
I’m counting on the representative to do the right thing and respect pregnant Texans by STOPPING Senate Bill 25 in its tracks.
Thank you for your time.
Texas House Calendars Committee:
- Chair, Todd Hunter: (512) 463-0672
- Vice Chair, Donna Howard: (512) 463-0631
- Roberto Alonzo: (512) 463-0408
- Trent Ashby: (512) 463-0508
- Byron Cook: (512) 463-0730
- Sarah Davis: (512) 463-0389
- Charlie Geren: (512) 463-0610
- Helen Giddings: (512) 463-0953
- Kyle Kacal: (512) 463-0412
- Ken King: (512) 463-0736
- Linda Koop: (512) 463-0454
- Poncho Nevárez: (512) 463-0566
- Chris Paddie: (512) 463-0556
- Dade Phelan: (512) 463-0706
- Toni Rose: (512) 463-0664