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Republicans have nominated yet another creationist to replace retiring State Board of Education member Ken Mercer of San Antonio. The GOP nominee also thinks slavery wasn't the primary cause of the Civil War and is critical of sex education. Her election in November would simply fuel the state board's endless textbook wars. Check out the press release we sent out. Read More

The Texas lieutenant governor's disdain for science and experts in the fight against the rapidly worsening COVID-19 pandemic would be a joke if not for the deadly consequences. Now he's essentially telling the nation's top infectious disease doctor to shut up. Here's the truth: Dan Patrick is going to get more people killed. Read More

More than 260 people signed up to testify at a public hearing today as the State Board of Education considers an overhaul of health education standards -- including standards on sex education -- for Texas public schools. Check out our press release. Read More

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The U.S. Supreme Court this morning rejected a Louisiana law imposing medically unnecessary restrictions that sharply limited access to abortion in that state. The Louisiana law included provisions virtually identical to those in a Texas law struck down by the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in 2016. Rev. Erika Forbes, faith and outreach coordinator for the Texas Freedom Network, has the following statement about today’s June Medical Services v. Russo decision on behalf of hundreds of faith leaders across the state who are part of the Texas Freedom Network’s Just Texas project:

“Clergy and other leaders from diverse faith traditions across Texas who support the right of women to make decisions about their own reproductive health care are celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision today. We believe access to comprehensive and affordable health care, including abortion, is a moral and social good, and our faith calls on us to trust and respect the decisions women make about their reproductive health, free of shame or judgment. We reject the relentless, misguided and reckless political campaign to make abortion inaccessible to everyone and call on lawmakers to support legislation recognizing that abortion is essential, time-sensitive health care.”… Read More

The Supreme Court today blocked the Trump administration's efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program established by the previous Obama administration for undocumented young people in the United States. We just sent out this press release from Texas Rising. Read More