We just sent out the following press release:


Comprehensive Sex Ed Offers Best Approach for Reducing Abortions in Texas

More than 5,000 Texans have added their names to a petition calling on Gov. Rick Perry to add passing effective sex education policies to the call for the current special session of the Legislature.

Representatives of the Texas Freedom Network are delivering the petition and names of 5,502 supporters to Gov. Perry today, said Dan Quinn, TFN’s communications director.

“If Gov. Perry really wants to reduce the number of abortions in Texas, the best way to do that is to ensure that young people get medically accurate information about birth control as well as abstinence in their high school sex education classes,” Quinn said. “In a state with one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation, replacing failed abstinence-only policies with more effective sex education makes a lot more sense than pushing divisive abortion legislation just to boost the careers of cynical politicians.”

The teen birth rate in Texas ranks fifth-highest in the nation. The state ranks first in the rate of repeat births to… Read More

With Sen. Wendy Davis earning widespread praise and support for her courageous filibuster in the Texas Senate last week, some on the right apparently have decided to adopt an old tactic often used against influential women: make her physical appearance an issue.

We first saw this vicious post on a new anonymous blog – realwendydavis.wordpress.com – yesterday. (The blog’s tagline: “A closer look at the Left’s new feminist superhero.”)

The post asks in its headline: “Wendy Davis: Surgically Constructed ‘Human Barbie Doll’?” It then goes on to compare her physical appearance today to how she looked more than two decades ago. From the post:

Somehow, during the past two decades she has been transformed from a frumpy, pleasant looking but plain-faced, flat-chested brunette with thick, messy hair, into a buxom blonde with excellent facial features and sleek, long, perfectly coiffed hair, like she stepped straight out of Vogue.

For someone who in the early 1990s was a feminist activist in law school, and who is currently posing as a champion of women’s rights, standing up to men who seek to dictate the way women should live, she seems to have devoted an unusual amount of attention to… Read More

Thousands of Texans converged on the Capitol in Austin today to send a message to the politicians meeting inside: stop interfering in the personal medical decisions women make with their own doctors. TFN staffers and supporters were out in force. We have lots of photos from the rally here. Below is a sampling.

TFN founder and current Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards (left) with current TFN President Kathy Miller:

The Rev. Jim Rigby (below) of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, a former TFN board member and a supporter of our Texas Faith Network:

Some of the thousands of activists standing with Texas women:

Check out the rest of our photos here and some other scenes from the day at the Texas Tribune.

The Legislature opened its second special session of the year today. The House State Affairs Committee will meet at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon to consider the same extreme anti-abortion legislation that died at the end of the first special session in the Senate last week. Sadly, some legislators are still dismissing the voices of concerned Texans like those who protested… Read More

Today Gov. Perry gave religious-righters some of what they’ve been demanding by adding abortion to the list of items for Texas lawmakers to address during the current legislative special session.

A press release from the Governor’s Office noted that “legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities” had been added to the call for the session. Gov. Perry has also asked legislators to deal with election redistricting, transportation and juvenile justice.

Most of the religious right’s legislative agenda failed to get much traction during the regular legislative session, which ended May 27. But culture warriors in and outside the Capitol have been pushing the governor to open the special session to bitterly divisive issues like abortion and private school vouchers.

The Texas Freedom Network is closely monitoring the special session. Stay tuned for updates and possible calls for action.… Read More

We just sent out the following press release:

Today Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller had the following comments on the end of the legislative session:

“Going into this legislative session, culture warriors insisted that they would focus on divisive issues like passing private school vouchers, undermining sex education and continuing their attacks on women’s access to birth control,” Miller said. “But an increasing number of lawmakers in both parties demonstrated that they are losing patience with those who want to turn legislating into tests of ideological purity rather than solve real problems. The real concerns of the vast majority of Texans are good schools and a strong economy. Promoting the culture wars provides no solutions to those concerns.”

Miller noted some important victories for Texas families in the 2013 session of the Texas Legislature:

– Lawmakers restored funding for primary health care and family planning for low-income women, and legislation that would have undermined responsible sex education in public schools across Texas failed to pass.

– No private school voucher bills made it to the floor of either chamber, and the Texas House voted overwhelmingly to bar any public funding for private school vouchers.

– Legislation that… Read More