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Texas Senate GOP Caucus Refutes Misleading Study about Women’s Health

February 5, 2016

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate Republican Caucus is refuting a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine that is misleading and excludes major facts about women’s health services in Texas. The study is titled, “Effect of Removal of Planned Parenthood from the Texas Women’s Health Program.” The published study was funded in part by the Susan T. Buffett Foundation, a major supporter of Planned Parenthood. Also, the authors only examined data between 2011 through 2014, which does not reflect the reality that the number of Women’s health clinics in Texas has doubled since 2014, actually tripling from 2011 through 2015.

This biased study overlooks the huge investments we have made in women’s health and discourages women from signing up for the services,” said Senate Finance Chair Nelson.

In the recent legislative session, under the leadership of Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson (SD-12), Health and Human Services Committee Chair Charles Schwertner (SD-5), and their House colleagues, the overall budget for women’s health clinics in Texas was increased by $50 million to an all time high of $285 million, for which the entire Senate GOP Caucus voted in favor. For an overview, see www.HealthyTexasWomen.org.

“The people of Texas have made it perfectly clear they don’t want their tax dollars supporting abortion in any way, shape, or form,” said HHMS Chair Schwertner. “Just because Planned Parenthood disagrees with that position doesn’t change the fact that the Texas Legislature is funding women’s health services at record levels and working with a larger network of providers than ever before,” added Senator Schwertner.

In their study the authors overlook relevant data and overlook additional programs in Texas that deliver women’s health and family planning services, and instead focus solely on Planned Parenthood and their affiliates. These additional services provided in Texas include: The Department of State Health Services’ Family Planning Program (FPF), which served 55,869 women in 2014; and The Expanded Primary Health Care Program (EPHCP), which served 147,083 in 2014. This exclusion is most egregious because this is the program into which the state funneled an additional $100 million during the 2013 legislative session.

Funding for women’s health is at an all-time high in Texas, and women should know that these services, including those cited by this study, are readily available for them,” added Senator Nelson.

In conclusion the Texas GOP Senate Caucus supports Women’s Health and all Texans deserve to know the real facts in the State budget that provides these services across our great state. The study contained obvious omissions and half-truths that we will continue to study, added Senate GOP Caucus Chairman Bettencourt.

Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, and Health and Human Service Chair Charles Schwertner are available for comment on this important women’s health issue.

 

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Senate Bill 1978, the save "Chick fil-A Bill," authored by Senator Bryan Hughes (R - Mineola) would prevent a government or public entity from penalizing businesses for exercising their religious beliefs. This bill is essential after Chick-fil-A was barred from opening a location at the San Antonio Airport.

Chick-fil-A should not be punished for choosing to support certain religious organizations that align with their beliefs. Progressive liberals killed the Texas House companion bill, House Bill 3172, but Texas Senate Republicans will not allow the 86th Legislative Session to end without protecting the religious liberty of businesses and individuals.

Read the Bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB01978F.htm
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It’s Freedom of Religion. If you don’t like their beliefs than don’t eat there. Simple as that. For the rest of us, we don’t mind waiting in long lines to get our delicious Chick-Fil-A 🐓🍟🇺🇸🍕

This was one of the very few good things y’all did this session. So, thank you for at least doing this. But very disappointed in both houses in the Texas Legislature, and Greg Abbott as well. Y’all are giving me very little reason to continue voting Republican. I am sick of voting Republican just because “well, he is better than the DemocRAT.” I’m starting to wonder if there is much of a difference.

Thank you Texas Senate. Vote out the Texas House of Representatives that voted against this bill. If “ chick fil a “ is still denied a permit then build very close to airport. The city will lose revenue. Because many people will patronize their business.

On a personal note I dislike their food. I also think food needs available 24/7/365 at an airport. Based on our laws their hours of service are there’s to set. But airport patrons have a need for food when on the ground and during layovers. So either Chic Fil A either makes an exception for airport eateries, or airports pick someone that will.

We are , ONE NATION UNDER ALMIGHTY GOD and is beautiful to see business with this religious spirit This business are so blessed.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Just because your beliefs don’t align with a restaurant, you want to deny many others a good place to eat and there aren’t many of those in airports. Don’t like them, don’t shop there, I don’t mind.

I believe in one nation under GOD. But I believe I have the right to boycott because I believe the greatest command is to love.

Thank you thank you chick fil. for standing up the

2 problems with this approach. First, it ignores the fact that a 7-day-a-week airport probably needs a 7-day-a-week vendor to service its customers. Any business that closes on Sunday to give their employees a day off and time to go to church is to be applauded, but it has to take the consequences that go with that choice, and to do so without screaming "Persecution!" That goes for the loudmouths using this to make political hay in the Texas Legislature. The second problem is that, when a Muslim business wants to get a contract and also be closed for Friday prayers, this law will be used to let them do so. Either that, or those in control will hypocritically try to find a loophole to prevent them from doing so.

This isn't about Republicans and Democrats, it's about discrimination based on religious beliefs. That is, unless you support discrimination ?

Jesus Christ is God & I love Him

Great now can you please Find a funding plan for our schools? Why didn't you cap the school portion of our PROPERTY TAX at 2.5 %?how come the teachers are not getting their 5000$ pay raise you all promised? Why can't you end the ROBINHOOD? Can you please tax something else to fund our schools? the 2 year plan you all came up with just kicks the can down the road!

They do NOT need saving they are a great place to eat and take your family

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AMEN

These other groups are taking advantage of our wanting to do right.

Good now our 2nd Amendment rights are being embezzled by government. We need to show the same concerns for all our rights. Concealed Handgun permits are the embezzlement of the 2nd Amendment.

And now, perhaps as a result, the Federal Aviation Administration is looking into whether this is discrimination at the airport. The council had a chance to reconsider that decision but instead doubled down it. They will regret it soon!

All federal funds should be pulled for that airport due to discrimination.

Well, they can’t really keep them out since this airport accepts federal funds. So, the council man that started all this has got to come up with answers as why he didn’t check into that little fact.

Chick-Fil--A is this most successful fast food chain out there right now. I really dont think they need government help. A couple of times they have been denied leases in venues that do a significant amount of their business on Sunday and thus want their patrons to have food available on Sunday. It is a contingency of the lease. Chick-fil-A chooses to not open on Sunday. Both are reasonable stances. Dont need government intervention. It is not religious persecution, it is a business dispute.

Texas, please continue to stand up to those who discriminate against other citizens, because they don’t agree.

Common Sense is no longer the norm. We already have a law. Freedom of religion.

Before you realize it our own government will be banning us who believe in God from life itself.

Protect religious beliefs from the persecution of democrats!!! Always vote Republican!!!

Still won't give one penny to chick-fil-a. And choosing not to allow a business that brings controversy into an airport is not discrimination.. it good business

Texas Senate Republicans are determined to overhaul School FInance before leaving Austin at the end of this legislative session.

The Committee Substitue to House Bill 3 reduces STAAR tests by eliminating the 4th and 7th grade writing tests. Instead, a few writing questions will be added to the existing reading test. CSHB 3 also includes no new Kindergarten testing in the bill and it does not increase passing standards. Students may still pass a STAAR test by ‘approaching grade level,’ a standard that is not changed in the bill.

CSHB 3 also expressly prohibits evaluating teacher performance and incentive pay based solely on STAAR test scores. CSHB 3 includes some outcomes-based funding related to 3rd grade reading levels but allows school districts to use local assessments for this purpose.

The Texas Senate knew that passing CSHB 3 would mean meaningful and realistic change. Instead of succumbing to fear and political inertia and led by Senator Larry Taylor (R - Friendswood), the Texas Senate finally, after decades of band-aides, was able to pass meaningful and long-lasting school finance reform.

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How much $ did legislators receive from the company producing and profiting from the STAAR tests? It’s always “follow the money”!

We need REAL property tax relief. Property owners should not have to foot the bill for schools. I'm tired of paying for schools I don't use employing education systems I don't agree with. We should be able to own our homes outright after it is paid off just like every other tangible item we buy. We should not be taxed on any item forever.

Let the teachers go back to teaching. Give the raise they so deserve.

Thank you for working so hard to do what you can. I look forward to the day when school is free market choices but until then any increase in freedoms and local control is a good step. Thank you!

Substitute Iowa Achievement Test for all tests except EOCs.....no benchmarks....no practice tests....just good teaching and tracking of individual progress in ALL subject areas.....COME ON!!! Its not that difficult!!

But---the same ones are elected every two years----why.

How do you solve some of the problems when so many parents and students do not value Education. Our schools and teachers have become babysitters. We no longer strive for excellence in our schools. Someone’s feelings might be hurt. And discipline is nonexistent...someone’s feelings might be hurt. We need more Trade Schools!

I still believe that STARR testing is not worth the money that is spent on it. Schools could use that money for more things that would improve the actual teaching curriculum. Please rethink this!

So great at least you started seeing how STAAR testing is useless.. you’ve removed writing from two years of testing. Please consider that no two students are alike in how they learn. Standardized testing does not actually tell anyone anything about the learning that a child has made, especially when in some cases it’s been proven to test at two grade levels higher than the students are actually learning at. Currently because of the STAAR testing as well as the unrealistic education board of Texas children are learning concepts beyond their reach. For instance my first grader was learning Algebra 1 concepts in 1st grade. In K, 1, 2 students should be learning the building blocks for what they learn after 2 grade not having to sort through higher level concepts and ideas. 1 + 1 = is acceptable math for a first grader.. 1+ X = 10 what is X is not... Now that being said if you want to help financial reform for education do away with standardized teaching, start paying for supplies and other needs school districts have. Ensure ISDs in smaller more rural towns are able to pay a teacher an acceptable living wage allowing for decent teachers in those smaller schools and per and re-evaluate Texas TEKS to be age appropriate and I think you’ll have all the parents ears and will have done your only sole duty as the government of Texas.

A positive step.

Can you please pass meaningful School FINANCE REFORM? Pleas tax something else besides my PROPERTY to fund the schools THANKS!

Get rid of STAAR testing. It’s a meaningless test that interferes with teaching students and students learning.

I'd rather pay a little more at the gas pump or on sales tax than see Texans homes taken away because they can't afford these outrageous school district tax increases. And stop the BS that taxes aren't being increased. Appraised value increase = Property Tax Increase! Many of those losing their homes don't even have school aged children.

Get rid of testing period , not right to have it let the teachers teach.

I agree, get rid of STARR TEST. Back to basics, ie reading, writing (cursive), arithmetic, homemaking, VOE, shop, etc!!

Do away with government involved education. Politicians are controlled by the highest bidder, not what's good for the country!

Get the legislature out of the classroom, stop STAAR now, let the teachers teach!! Legislators taking the STAAR is a good idea! No pass resign!!!!!!

Removing writing an essay in 4th and 7th grades? Replacing with several questions that merely require a short paragraph? Wow! Standards just keep going down.

Those tests are about stamina , they should reduce the number os stories in the tests, if a child can read and understand they don't need 5 or six long boring stories or articles to prove they can read and comprehand.

Get rid of star testing period!

There is no such thing as property tax reduction! Any money saved on property taxes will be collected from you thru some other tax or fee! You cannot reduce total taxation without reducing spending! Do not let any politician tell you differently!

Not good enough. Some kids need more time to test. It’s unfair to know dis with sensory processing issues.

Politicians need to take a huge pay cut just like everyone else that relies on federal and state monies

CUT THE "FLUFF" and "PC" FROM EDUCATION, PROTECT TEACHERS FROM WRONGFULLY BEING EXPOSED TO VIOLENT STUDENTS; expell, don't hide, violent students!!

Get rid of star tests completely.

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