The Texas Senate is considering numerous bills designed to further restrict access to abortion care. Two of those bills are up for a vote by the full Senate in the coming days.

Here, in brief, is what each bill is about:

SB 258: Would require the burial or cremation of fetal tissue from an abortion. SB 415: This bill would ban the safest and most common abortion method in the second trimester.

We urge you to call your state senators and tell them to oppose these abortion restrictions. A suggested message from the Trust.Respect.Access. coalition, of which TFN is a part of, can be found below.

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Required Message for senators

Hi, my name is ___________ and my zip code is __________. I’m calling to ask my senator vote NO on SB 258, and SB 415 and stop interfering in decisions that don’t belong to politicians. A woman must be able to make her own decisions with the advice of the doctos she trusts.

According to medical experts, these bills do nothing to make women safer, and if… Read More

Senate Bill 6, the discriminatory anti-transgender “bathroom bill,” will get a vote by the full Senate this week.

Please call your state senator and ask them to vote “NO” on Senate Bill 6! Read More

The public comment submission period for proposed science standards is now open and will close on April 18. Texas science advocates can weigh-in with the State Board of Education by following the instructions below.

How-To Guide:

Click here to send an email to rules@tea.texas.gov. The subject of your email should be: “Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 112, Subchapters A-C” In the body of your email: Reference the proposed standards: “I am writing to express my opinion on the Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 112, Subchapters A-C”. Include your comment for the board regarding the proposed standards. (See our suggested messages for the board or read the full draft standards below.) Identify yourself and any relevant affiliations (parent, teacher, scientist, etc.). Include your full name and city in your signature. Hit send!

Suggested Talking Points

Respect the recommendations of scientists and teachers who worked on the board’s curriculum review teams. Biology standards should include a robust discussion of evolution that is free from discredited anti-evolution arguments. Science classroom should teach the current scientific consensus, not political agendas.

Background Information

At the State Board of Education hearing in January 2017, educators appointed by the SBOE to revise… Read More

The avalanche of anti-LGBT discrimination bills has begun to move in the Texas Legislature. The Senate State Affairs Committee has set a hearing at 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 7, for Senate Bill 6, a bill that specifically targets transgender Texans for discrimination. Here's everything you need to know to prepare for the hearing. For SB6 hearing updates, text "SB6" to 97779. Read More

On Wednesday, the Texas House is debating bills — HB 4 and HB 5 — seeking to overhaul the state’s Child Protective Services. We understand there may be an effort to amend the bills to allow child welfare providers contracting with the state to use their religious beliefs to discriminate against LGBT families wishing to adopt or offer a foster home to a child in need.

Please call your state Representative (in reference to HB 4 and HB 5) and tell them to vote AGAINST any amendments promoting “liability protection” that permit discrimination against LGBT Texans.

Keep language permitting discrimination out of these critical child welfare bills Agencies that receive taxpayer dollars should not be able to refuse to serve LGBT families that want to help children Allowing a state contractor to discriminate based on religious beliefs puts the interest of the contractor above the interests of the child Submit your address below to find contact info for your state rep StateAKALARAZCACOCTDCDEFLGAHIIAIDILINKSKYLAMAMDMEMIMNMOMSMTNCNDNENHNJNMNVNYOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVAVTWAWIWVWYASFMGUMHMPPRPWVIAAAEAPABBCMBNBNLNSNTNUONPEQCSKYTNone

Required Additional Background – Letter from TFN to House & Senate members

It has come to our attention that there is an effort to amend legislation pertaining to CPS reform with language… Read More

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