"For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed."
This is a topic we've been meaning to address for awhile, but kudos to Texas Right to Life for beating us to the punch:
After multiple humiliating defeats at the polls, TEXPAC (the political arm of Texas Medical Association) penned an article on the recent elections, citing their obvious need to "squash medicine’s enemies" and the "anti-medicine opponents." During this recent primary election cycle, one of TMA’s lobbyists was overheard at the state capitol, "We are going to spend a lot of money to make sure that Texas Right to Life doesn’t have any influence next session." Good luck with that -- Pro-Life legislators have told us the same about TMA.
Who are these enemies and opponents of TMA?
Referenced by name in their article -- Texas Right to Life and Empower Texans, of course.
Instead of being daunted, Texas Right to Life is proud to rebuke the worldview of TMA/TEXPAC. We are doubly proud that almost all our candidates (and Empower Texans’) have beat the TMA big government, RINO (Republican In Name Only) establishment candidates in the recent Republican primary, runoff, and special elections for the last four election cycles.
But who is TMA, what do they do, and why should voters, let alone physicians who prioritize patient care, ever follow the lead of TMA?**
- TMA refused to support a ban on secret Do-Not-Resuscitate orders. (Senate Health & Human Services Witness List -- SB 303 -- March 19, 2013). In other words, TMA lobbied against patient/surrogate consent to DNR orders.
- TMA opposed a law requiring abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their abortion practice. (TMA Article -- Nov. 1, 2013). Click here to read document.
- In 2013, TMA again supported Texas hospital panels’ unchecked authority to withdraw all treatment from patients, against the wishes of a patient, even if the patient is conscious! (Senate Health & Human Services Witness List -- SB 303 -- March 19, 2013).
- In 2012, TMA complained to the Department of State Health Services that doctors receiving state tax dollars for preventative care should also be allowed to discuss elective abortions with their patients. What exactly does abortion prevent? (TMA Press Release -- August 6, 2012). Click here to read document.
- In 2011, TMA supported physicians’ abilities to withdraw artificial water and food from sick patients without patient or family consent. (House Human Services Witness List -- HB 3520 -- April 12, 2011). TMA opposed full disclosure by physicians to women regarding abortion procedures, specifically information related to development of the preborn child. (TMA Letter to then-Senator Duncan –Feb. 8, 2011). Click here to read document.
Read the whole thing here.
- In 2011, after Pro-Life legislators had successfully implemented Texas Right to Life’s strategy of redirecting family planning dollars to clean health care programs, TMA told legislators that they disagreed with this move, a move that would eventually result in the closure of 12 abortion clinics. In 2003, a known TMA lobbyist testified against enacting a Texas version of the Laci and Connor Peterson Law (Senate State Affairs Witness List – Feb. 24, 2003). Click here to read document.
Learn about TMA's support for Obamacare here.
Agendawise details TMA's endorsements of Democrats here.