by Steven Ertelt
April 7, 2005
Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) — Because Planned Parenthood operates seven abortion businesses in the state, an amendment to a funding bill could have the effect of cutting off state funds. Texas lawmakers are considering revisions to the state’s family planning program and it could impact the abortion business.
Sen. Bob Deuell, a Republican, has added an amendment to a bill seeking to expand the state’s family planning program that would make sure Texas women can’t get the sometimes abortifacient morning after pill from state-run health centers.
The amendment also prevents facilities that promote or perform abortions from receiving funds, which would cut off money to Planned Parenthood.
Deuell’s amendment to Senate Bill 747 would restrict state funding to organizations that "perform or promote abortions or contract or affiliate with entities that perform or promote abortions."
The Texas state Senate approved the bill Wednesday with the amendment added on a 20-10 vote, and Senate Democrats were upset at the turn of events.
"I think what we’re doing with this amendment is destroying the net effect of this bill," said Eliot Shapleigh, an El Paso Democrat, according to a San Antonio Express-News report. Shapleigh said abortion advocates would likely take the measure to court if it becomes law.
But Duell, a physician, said the amendment was necessary. "This bill will promote women’s health and not abortion," he said.
Pro-life groups applauded the amendment vote.
"The bill would not have passed if it would not have exempted abortion services," said Stacey Emick, legislative director for Texas Right to Life. "The majority of taxpayers in Texas do not want their tax dollar to fund the provision or promotion of abortion."
Related web sites:
Texas Right to Life – https://www.texasrighttolife.com