In Texas, pro-life signs calling some state lawmakers “former fetuses” are causing controversy at the state Capitol. On March 11, Rep. Jonathan Strickland (R-Bedford) said Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) tore down his pro-life sign.
Rep. Strickland said, “It’s just been ripped down and thrown in my staffer’s face by Charlie Geren. I thought it was absolutely handled in the wrong way. I wish Rep. Geren was more professional about it instead of intimidating my staff.”
— Jonathan Stickland (@RepStickland) March 11, 2015
However, Rep. Geren said he simply removed the signs because they were in violation of rules from the State Preservation Board, which is responsible for making sure the Capitol grounds are maintained. He said, “Tearing them down is hardly the deal. If Stickland wants to act like a child, that’s fair, but I did not rip it down.”
On March 9th, Texas Right to Life distributed the signs, a day before Planned Parenthood supporters were scheduled to visit the Capitol. In a Facebook post, Rep. Strickland said, “In honor of their visit, I put this sign up on my office door. Organizations that murder children are not welcome in my office.” And today Texas Right to Life tweeted that it was “sad that signs are being torn down.”
As LifeNews previously reported, the Texas Planned Parenthood abortion business has been having a rough couple of years. First, in 2013, they had to pay $4.23 million dollars to the state of Texas after they participated in a massive Medicaid fraud scheme. Then 14 of their 23 abortion facilities had to close down or stop doing abortions after an omnibus pro-life bill (HB 2) passed their legislature. And now, the Texas Legislature is working to take more of Planned Parenthood’s state funding under a base budget proposal that says money for a breast and cervical cancer screening program for women must first go to public entities that provide those types of health assessments.
According to the Texas Tribune, Sen. Jane Nelson, the chief budget writer in the Senate, confirmed that the provision is intended to cut off funding to groups that also offer abortions. She said, “There are many members that feel very strongly that the facilities that receive that funding should not be facilities that are performing abortions, so the answer is: Don’t perform abortions and you get the money.”
Additionally, in January, over 80 House members in the Texas Legislature introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which will revoke taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood to ensure taxpayers are not financing the abortion industry.
One of the lead sponsors of the bill in the House, Diana Black, said, “Planned Parenthood and organizations like it that profit off the destruction of innocent life do not deserve one more dime from American taxpayers. I have been proud to lead the charge against the funding of the big-abortion industry since my first days as a state legislator, and I am honored to continue this fight by reintroducing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. This legislation would simply clarify the original intent and spirit of the law to ensure that Title X federal funded grants will no longer be awarded to ‘health care’ providers that fail to protect life by providing abortions.”