Texas Panel Votes to Ban Planned Parenthood From Public Schools

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 12, 2013   |   6:52PM   |   Austin, TX

A Texas state legislative committee has voted to ban the Planned Parenthood abortion business from teaching sex education classes to kids in Texas public schools.

The Austin newspaper has more information on today’s vote:

The Senate Education Committee this morning approved a bill to ban Planned Parenthood from providing sex education materials or instruction in public schools in a 6-2 vote, after little discussion.

Democratic Sens. Royce West and Leticia Van de Putte voted in opposition to Senate Bill 521 by Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney.

Public school districts that opt to provide sex education must make all course materials available for public review and allow parents to exempt children from any portion of the course without penalty.

Paxton’s bill, and an identical House measure by Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, would add two requirements:

•Individuals could not provide sex education instruction if they belong to, or are affiliated with, an organization that performs abortions. Materials from abortion providers also could not be used in the classroom.
•If materials or instruction is provided by somebody who is not a school district employee, parents must sign a waiver allowing their children to participate in the class.



This is the next step following the state legislature’s decision to revoke taxpayer funding through the state’s health program for low-income women for the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The abortion giant sued the state and the decision has been tied up in court.

In January, in a ruling that surprised pro-life advocates, who expected Planned Parenthood to get the injunction it requested, a judge has determined that the state can keep de-funding Planned Parenthood while its lawsuit continues.