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Pro-Life

2018 Legislative Priority:

Pro-Life


Understand the Issue

Pass legislation to abolish abortion; including, but not limited to, enacting legislation that would ignore and refuse to enforce any and all federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, and court rulings, which would deprive an unborn child of the right to life, as well as enacting life-saving legislation such as PreNDA or a ‘heartbeat bill.’ Completely eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and their affiliates and prohibit their physical and digital presence in our schools.”

— Republican Party of Texas legislative priority

The Problem

  • Since the Roe v. Wade decision, over 60 million babies have been killed by abortions.
  • An estimated 55,000 babies are murdered in Texas through abortion every year.
  • Roe v. Wade was an unconstitutional decision of the United States Supreme Court. Because it was unconstitutional, Roe is not the law of the land and Texas is free and duty-bound to ignore it in order to protect the right to life of preborn children.
  • Even to overturn Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court needs a new law that violates Roe to be passed and a challenge adjudicated.
  • There are discriminatory loopholes in Texas law which allow preborn children to be aborted based upon a suspected disability after twenty weeks. Additionally, children may be aborted for discriminatory reasons.
  • Planned Parenthood–and specifically its affiliates–are still funded by Texas taxpayer dollars in certain municipalities and have school curriculum programs which promote their worldview.  

The Solution

  • Texas should stand up to the federal court decision of Roe v. Wade and abolish abortion as murder.
  • Until then, Texas should pass incremental legislation, such as:
    • Preborn Non-Discrimination Act (PreNDA) legislation which would protect preborn babies who may have a disability from abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation, and would also prohibit other discriminatory abortions based on race, ethnicity, sex, or probability of having or diagnosis of a disability.
    • A “heartbeat bill,” which would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
  • Texas should cleanse state and local budgets of any funding or other benefits to Planned Parenthood or its affiliates to guarantee that no taxpayer dollars are provided to them. Texas should also ban any curriculum produced by Planned Parenthood or its affiliates from being used in Texas public schools.

What People Are Saying

“Each year we solemnly mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which removed all state limitations on abortion. Since then millions of unborn babies have unnecessarily perished and millions of men and women’s lives have been irrevocably harmed. It is for all of those affected and ended lives that we struggle and pray to end abortion.”

James Dickey, Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

“This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision. More than 60 million abortions have occurred in the US alone since this date in 1973. When will Americans say enough is enough? I am proud to stand with my fellow Texas Republicans firmly on the side of LIFE. The Republican Party of Texas not only affirms the value of innocent life from conception to natural death, we made the abolition of abortion a legislative priority in the state.”

Amy Clark, Former Vice-Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

“Every election cycle we see it, conservatives all across the land boasting of their unwavering pro-life-ness. Yet right here in the great State of Texas, abortion remains perfectly legal. The people have grown tired of the same old excuses. The government’s very first job is to protect human life, not carry out the demands of unconstitutional court rulings. Our state officials need to stand on their principles once and for all, and firmly tell the feds that Texas will comply no more.”

-Fred Grube, Chairman, Polk County Republican Party

 

Talk to Your Community

Are you all in? Share these sample social media posts to start the conversation with your friends. Use the talking points to drive your message home when talking with friends or reporters. Send the sample Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper to spread the word.

 

Sample Tweets:

  • It’s time to abolish abortion once and for all in Texas and #IgnoreRoe.
  • Today, 150 babies in Texas will be killed without legal consequence. Please help me #AbolishAbortion.
  • Texas should be leading the nation in protecting life, not trailing behind. It’s time to pass #PreNDA.
  • Human life is created in the image of God and should be protected from fertilization to natural death. #AbolishAbortion

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Messaging:

  • Human life is created in the image of God and should be protected from fertilization to natural death.
  • The function of government is not to grant rights but to protect unalienable, God-given rights, including the right of life.
  • Roe v. Wade was unconstitutional. Our leaders should follow their oaths of office and ignore it.
  • A person who injures or kills a preborn child should be subject to the same criminal and civil laws as someone who kills a born child. Even reversing Roe v. Wade in the courts would require a new law violating Roe to provide an opportunity  for reversal.
  • Republican Texans are tired of half-measures which only regulate abortion instead of abolishing it as murder.
  • Many other pro-life states have passed PreNDA legislation, and Texas should follow suit and help lead the nation in protecting preborn children against discriminatory abortions.
  • Passing legislation such as PreNDA will undermine the bases of legal precedent used to justify legalized abortion in the US.
  • Passing a heartbeat bill would effectively end abortion if it were upheld by the Supreme Court.
  • Planned Parenthood does not have the best interests of Texans at heart. They should not be funded by our tax dollars or allowed to teach children in our schools.

 

Letter to the Editor:

Here’s a sample letter to the editor that you can customize, personalize, and submit to your local newspaper. An ideal time is when this subject comes up in the news. Be sure to check and follow your paper’s guidelines for length and submission.

Texas needs to draw a line in the sand

The leading cause of death in Texas is abortion.

Murder is illegal at every other stage of life. Preborn babies deserve equal protection.

The state’s duty to protect ALL life should not depend on federal courts. Our leaders swear an oath to constitutions, not a court. If Colorado, California and other states can defy unconstitutional federal laws for marijuana, why can Texas not resist the unconstitutional opinion of an unelected federal court to save the lives of over 55,000 Texas babies every year? If those states can do it for plants, we can do it for people.

Until then, we should pass incremental legislation that works within Supreme Court abortion jurisprudence, like legislation to prohibit certain discriminatory abortions or after a heartbeat is detected, or to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving public benefits or from being in our public schools.

Finally, I call on us to extend compassion and grace to expectant mothers. All human life is precious. Our society should honor, respect, and protect the life of each mother, father, AND child — from fertilization to natural death.

Together, we can eliminate the leading cause of death in our state.

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Talk to Your Legislators

Make a Phone Call

It’s easy — find your state representative and senator and their contact info using the resource list on this page. Call their district office and/or their Capitol office. You’ll speak to an office staffer. Tell them you’re a constituent. Tell them what issue interests you and why. Ask what your legislator plans to do to promote the issue.

Visit the Capitol — or your local district office!

When you call, ask for an appointment with your legislator (or alternatively, their chief of staff or legislative director). Or just drop by their district or Capitol office during regular business hours — leave your card or a note with the staffer.

Testify in a Hearing

The year and a half in between legislative sessions is called the “interim” period. During this period, the House and Senate committees hold hearings to study specific issues, or “charges” that are assigned by the Speaker and Lt. Governor.

This year’s interim charges include important items such as health care reform, reducing the tax burden, school choice, Second Amendment rights, and religious freedoms. Many of the charges relate to planks or priorities from the RPT platform.

Although bills cannot be passed since we’re not within an actual legislative session, these interim hearings are the Legislature’s way of reaching out to you for your opinion on important issues. By studying these issues now, our Senators and Representatives can be prepared to pass bills in 2019 that address the specifics you’ll bring to their attention.

Most of these hearings will include a time for public testimony — that’s your chance to make your voice heard.

 

Resources:

 

  • Texas Legislature Online — http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ — your resource for committee hearings, bills from current & past legislative sessions, committee membership, and more
  • Texas Tribune Legislative Directory –– www.texastribune.org/directory/ — find phone numbers, office locations, contact info, & social media accounts for all the Texas legislators & other electeds
  • Interim Hearing Tracker — www.texasgop.org/85interim/ — see all the current interim charges that relate to RPT platform planks & committee hearing information
  • STAT — www.texasgop.org/stat/ — join the Strategic Texas Action Team to receive alerts when your help is needed to promote conservative policy

 

 

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