Friday, February 20, 2015
How Straus stacks committees AGAINST Pro-Lifers
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them."
[Author's Note: This post is inside baseball, but if you want to understand the games the Republican leadership of the Texas House plays with legislation, this is the type of stuff you need to understand.]
Two of the most important Texas House committees for pro-lifers are the Public Health Committee, and the Appropriations sub-committee on Article II (of the Texas Constitution). The former deals with abortion and end-of-life legislation, while the latter oversees state funding for "health care." How pro-life are those committees?!?
Not very. While each committee has two token pro-life champions, both have super-majorities comprised of Democrats and weak-on-life Republicans. Based on Texas Right to Life's legislative ratings, both committees have failing scores.
Average Committee Rating:
Public Health: 25.9
Approps Art II sub cmte: 32.8
Bottom line: Pro-life legislation is not a priority in the Straus-led Texas House; it only becomes a priority when you combine overwhelming public pressure with extraordinary actions from the Governor.
Contact Governor Abbott: (512) 463-2000.
Texas Right to Life has more about the Public Health committee here and the Appropriations subcommittee here.