Excluding Abortion from the Affordable Care Act

HB 3130 is authored by Rep. Marsha Farney (R) of Georgetown, TX. This bill would eliminate elective abortion from the insurance exchanges in Texas (part of the Affordable Care Act), which are heavily subsidized by taxpayers. Also known as Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act only passed in the U.S. House after President Obama signed an executive order assuring Congress abortion would not be in the plans. A recent GAO report has confirmed that abortion is being covered under some of these tax-subsidized plans. In Texas there are 5 plans covering elective abortion and another 14 that may (unknown).

Numerous polls have shown that two-thirds of Americans do not want abortions supported with tax dollars. Texas policy and law has long held that abortion should not be supported with taxpayer dollars.

Bills Relating to Sex Trafficking and Coerced Abortions

HB 416 is authored by Rep. Debbie Riddle (R) of Spring, TX. This bill would require abortion facility workers to complete training on how to recognize victims of sex trafficking. It will also require the workers to assist these minor girls and women and ensure that none are coerced into having an abortion.

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 Jacqueline C. Harvey, Ph.D., guest blogger

Breaking barrier indicates larger changes possible

After five consecutive sessions of bitter battles over end-of-life bills, the Texas Legislature is finally poised to pass the first reform to the Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA) in 12 years [1]. An issue that created uncanny adversaries out of natural allies, and equally odd bedfellows [2], has finally found common ground in H.B. 3074 by State Rep. Drew Springer (pictured at left).

H.B. 3074 [3] simply prohibits doctor-imposed euthanasia by starvation and dehydration.

Since H.B. 3074 includes only those provisions and language that all major organizations are on record as having deemed acceptable [4] in previous legislative sessions, there is finally hope of ending the end-of-life impasse in the Texas Capitol.

Many would be surprised to learn that Texas law [5] allows physicians to forcibly remove a feeding tube against the will of the patient and their family. In fact, there is a greater legal penalty for failing to feed or water an animal than for a hospital to deny a human being food healthcare[6]and water through a tube.

This is because there is no penalty [6] whatsoever for a healthcare provider who wishes to deny artificially-administered nutrition and hydration (AANH). According to Texas Health and Safety Code [7], “every living dumb creature” is legally entitled to access to suitable food and water.

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“It makes me feel like the wait is worth it and I should change my life.” Those are the words of a high school student who recently heard one of our abstinence presentations.

Each year, through our education arm, Texans for Life reaches thousands of teens with the life-saving message of sexual abstinence until marriage. The decision to wait for marriage is indeed life-saving. By choosing abstinence, countless unmarried young women are spared from experiencing unplanned pregnancies and the pain and regret that come with choosing one or more abortions. In addition, teens who choose abstinence are free from the heartache that results when sexually intimate relationships end, not to mention the threat of STDs.

In order for us to continue reaching teens in the DFW area, we need the help of dedicated volunteer speakers. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, attend one of the following workshops:

 

Dallas Area:

Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:30 am until noon

University of Dallas, Art History Building (Bldg #11 on campus map, see link below)

Classroom # 112

1845 East Northgate Dr. Irving, TX 75062

http://www.udallas.edu/documents/pdf/campusmap2012.pdf

 

 

Fort Worth Area:

Saturday, February 7, 2015 9:30 am until noon

Staybridge Suites Hotel, meeting room

229 Clifford Center Dr.

Fort Worth, TX 76108

 

Another high school student wrote: “After this presentation I am more convinced now that I have made the right decision to wait.”

We provide our speakers with an outline to follow, training, and handouts for students. Through these presentations, our speakers can and do impact the lives of young people in a positive way, and you can be a part of that!

This event is FREE to attend, however reservations are REQUIRED since space is limited.

Please RSVP by January 26th if you plan to attend one of our upcoming workshops. Email me with any questions at lifedecisionstx@gmail.com or call our metro line: 972-399-1433.

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January of 2006 started off pretty rough for me. In the midst of helping to plan the annual Dallas March for Life, I came down with a bad case of the flu, which left me home and in bed for several days. The week of the march, I started feeling better and was eager to attend the event, but was not sure if I would be up to walking. Initially, I planned to attend the pre-march events and see how I was feeling when it came time to march.
As thousands of marchers headed toward the Federal Courthouse, I decided to join in. I remember very well standing at the courthouse building, surrounded by so many fellow pro-lifers, listening as we were lead in prayer and encouraged in our efforts to defend the most innocent among us, the unborn. As people began to head back for the reception, my friend Sue approached me, and quickly asked me, “Hey Terri, how old are you?” “32. Why?” I replied, a little perplexed. “Are you single or seeing someone?” After I told her that I was single, she said, “Great! You have to meet my friend Tim!”
My initial thought was that she would give this person my phone number, but much to my surprise, she walked away from me quickly and returned with her handsome friend at her side. “Terri, this is Tim. I have to run!” Sue was off to catch a flight to DC, and so, there we stood. To say I felt awkward would definitely be an understatement!

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(Texas Monthly interviews our president, Kyleen Wright)

Kyleen Wright has been a pro-life activist for more than thirty years. And she’s still making surprising alliances—and surprising some of her allies.
by Erica Grieder
September 2014

www.texasmonthly.com/story/interview-with-kyleen-wright-texans-for-life-coalition

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I am not a single issue voter. How many times have you heard that one? My response: Nor am I. What I am, however, is a voter who starts with certain fundamental principles before I ever even begin assessing the virtues of a specific candidate or the weight of a given issue. You see, first I take into account what it took for me to even be able to enter the voting booth.

Step one; clearly I have a pulse, so – Life! Any candidate worthy of warranting my consideration must respect life, all life. History has shown us time and again how detrimental it is to society as a whole when one group is alienated based on a subjective value or bias – African Americans, Jews, women (the list could go on and on).

The value placed on life must never be based on convenience, proximity to or from birth, gender, skin color, intellectual ability, perceived disability, wealth, height, eye color or anything else that one person may prefer over another. When I see subjective values being applied to human life by a candidate I have to wonder if, when and/or how their willingness to consider one demographic disposable will spread to other groups, especially the vulnerable. The way I see it, either all of their constituents have value, whether they can vote or not, or none of them do. It really is that simple.

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Not a War on Women

by Chanacee Ruth-Killgore, author & pro-life Texas woman

I love being a Texan, though it can sometimes fade to a mere fondness in July and August. Generally speaking, however, I love Texas and H.B. 2. is just one of the many reasons. I love that here in Texas we said, “Life Matters,” because it does. More than that, though, we said that if you’re going to yell, “Safe, Legal and Rare,” we’re going to hold you to that “safe” part even as we fight to put an end to the unjust, inhuman law that Roe inflicted upon us and our entire nation.

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