Last week Texas House members shamefully bartered over the lives of transgender Texans and women's access to health care services. Today the Texas Freedom Network joined with our coalition partners to call out this outrageous bargain. Here's the press release we sent out: Read More

We continue our review of the outrageous and offensive things we heard from the right in 2016. The right's wars on women, abortion and sex education continued in full force throughout the year. Let's review some of what we heard from the right on these issues. You can check out previous posts from the Year in Quotes here. Read More

TFNEF Launches Ad Campaign Pushing Back Against Political Attacks on State Health Researchers

The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund today is launching a new statewide campaign confronting Texas politicians who have attacked state health researchers for telling the truth about the negative impact their policies are having on women’s health care. This bold new public engagement strategy, Texas: State of Denial, aims to shed light on the war on women being waged by state politicians.

“For too long, Texans have endured tremendous political interference that has undermined the health of women and eroded access to quality health care across the state,” said TFNEF President Kathy Miller. “Now efforts by politicians to discredit and even silence health researchers represent another shocking betrayal of trust. Texans have a right to know about the harmful consequences of misguided laws their elected officials pass.”

The campaign launch comes after a top Texas health researcher left his job following harsh attacks by state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and other state officials for co-authoring a recent study on controversial changes to family planning policies in the state. The study, which was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine in February, found that the number of Texas women obtaining… Read More

Scott Braddock of the Austin-based online political website Quorum Report has come across a stunningly callous and offensive comment state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Fort Worth, made some years back in an online forum:

“Rape is non existent in marriage, take what you want my friend!”

Stickland, a hero of tea partiers and religious-righters, apparently made the shocking comment seven years ago in an online forum discussion about a guy whose wife wasn’t interested in performing a particular sexual act. His comment included a smiley face, suggesting he made it as a joke. Joke or not, the remark would appear to reinforce Stickland’s reputation as a politician with a callous disregard for women.

During the 2015 legislative session, he and other anti-abortion lawmakers posted “Former Fetus” signs on their office nameplates. Stickland also tried to pass a measure that would have banned abortion even in cases of severe fetal abnormalities, thus requiring a pregnant woman to carry a nonviable fetus to term. Earlier in the session he filed a bill that would have had Texas taxpayers reimburse employers fined for refusing to provide coverage for birth control in their employee health insurance plans.… Read More

“Last I checked we don’t have a rubber shortage in America. When I was in college we had a machine in the bathroom, you put .50 cents in and voila! So yes, anyone who wants contraceptives can access them, but it’s an utterly made-up nonsense issue.”

That’s Texas Senator Ted Cruz at a presidential campaign event in Iowa Monday night, answering a question about “making contraception available to women who want to control their own bodies.” Cruz doesn’t see why women have a problem so long as men can get cheap condoms. Seriously.

Even more stunning is that Cruz also used the question to claim that the “war on women” is a myth. So all the right-wing efforts to cut funding for women’s reproductive health and family planning services and to make abortion care almost impossible to obtain? All the efforts to prevent women from controlling their own bodies? “Made-up nonsense,” he says.

Polls show that Cruz’s support for the Republican presidential nomination is rising.… Read More