On Wednesday the State Board of Education took the historic step of voting to create an elective course in Mexican American studies for Texas public schools. One board member's divisive stunt leading up to the vote served as yet another reminder why that action was a good thing. Read More
The right’s hypocrisy on abortion and the First Amendment was clear to see last week as the U.S. Supreme Court took up a California case involving a state law regulating so-called “crisis pregnancy centers.” The law requires health clinics to tell patients that free or low-cost services like birth control and abortion are available through state programs. It also requires crisis pregnancy centers — fake clinics that exist primarily to mislead, lie to and shame women seeking an abortion — to tell clients that they actually offer no health care services.
That would seem like common sense to most folks: tell patients about all services available to them and tell them the truth if you don’t provide any health care services. But anti-abortion groups are howling mad. They claim the law violates the First Amendment rights of anti-abortion clinics by requiring them to give patients that information, and they say that fake clinics shouldn’t be forced to tell clients that they can’t and wont’ provide health care services. “Compelled speech is not the answer to cultural conflict,” one Texas-based religious-right group argued last week.
Well, that group should know something about “compelled speech.” It and other anti-abortion groups support a Texas law that requires health care providers to give women… Read More
Nearly three years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, some public officials are still trying to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against gay and lesbian families. We need your help to find out just how widespread the problem is in the Lone Star State. Read More
State lawmakers promised low-income Texans wouldn't be hurt when they cut Planned Parenthood out of funding for reproductive health care services. They lied. Today we're joining with Campaign for Accountability in calling on Texas lawmakers to investigate why the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) renewed contracts worth millions of taxpayer dollars for the next two years with an anti-abortion nonprofit, the Heidi Group, that failed to deliver promised services under the original contracts last year. Check out our press release. Read More
Current social studies curriculum standards in Texas promote the right-wing agenda of politicians who sat on the State Board of Education in 2010. With the state board this year set to revise those standards, a new report from the TFN Education Fund documents the problems and makes recommendations for how to get politics out of public school classrooms. Check out our press release and report. Read More