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For Immediate Release May 29, 2021 A conference committee report to reconcile House and Senate versions of voter-suppressing Senate Bill 7 in the Texas Legislature is now public —and the bill couldn’t be more dangerous for democracy in our state. Read More

HB 3979 Would Undermine Student Learning and Make Overcoming Challenges Like Racism and Inequality Harder FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2021 AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Freedom Network Political Director Carisa Lopez today applauded the derailing of HB 3979 on a point of order in the Texas House. The bill would censor instruction on topics like racism and inequality in Texas classrooms. Read More

For Immediate Release May 26, 2021 AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House of Representatives failed earlier today to advance SB 29, a cruel bill that would ban transgender children from participating in youth sports corresponding to their gender identity. The effort was halted by Democratic opponents of the legislation, who successfully blocked it from being voted on before Tuesday’s midnight deadline. However, shortly following the bill’s failure, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called on Gov. Greg Abbott to convene a special session to revive the cruel and unnecessary legislation. Read More

Efforts to Ban Abortion Are About Controlling and Shaming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2021

Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez has the following statement on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s signing of SB 8, which would ban abortion before someone even knows they’re pregnant and allows virtually anyone to file a lawsuit against a physician who they allege performed an illegal abortion or a family member or friend who helps a person access one.

“As we struggle to recover from a global pandemic and a preventable and deadly power outage that left us freezing in the dark last February, Texans deserve better than elected leaders who have so much contempt for the freedom to make our own private health care decisions. Signing this bill into law doesn’t change the fact that most Texans believe abortion should be accessible and that everyone should be free to determine the course of their own reproductive lives, including whether and when to become a parent. This law doesn’t just have government interfere in these decisions, but also gives virtually anyone the ability to legally harass and try to financially ruin a physician, family member or friend who helps someone obtain an abortion. This… Read More

For Immediate Release Austin, Texas — SB 8 will ban abortion before many women even know they are pregnant, but that didn’t stop the Texas House of Representatives from passing the bill on the House floor on Wednesday. HB 1280, which is up for a vote in the House later today, will make virtually all abortions illegal in Texas with only a few exceptions, and criminalize doctors for performing abortions. Read More