The Week in Quotes (March 12 – 18)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.

Ryan Valentine, TFN’s deputy director, on a bill that would allow foster care providers to refuse to place children with same-sex couples and non-Christians.

It’s particularly insidious given the very real problems in the child welfare system. Child welfare decisions should always be made with the child’s interest at the center of that decision. This turns that upside down and says what matters more than that is the religious convictions of state contractors.


Sarah Wheat of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, on news that a $1.6 million state grant awarded to an anti-abortion group for a women’s health initiative has been a flop.

Every time they try to relaunch one of these women’s health programs, without some of the most trusted providers in women’s health, every single time they come up short. And they show their lack of understanding and respect for what women need.


Charles Foster Johnson of Pastors for Texas Children, at a rally against the Texas Senate’s private school vouchers proposal.

It is a sin before God to make commodities out of our children and to make markets out of our classrooms.


TFN President Kathy Miller, on the Texas Senate’s approval of SB6. The so-called “bathroom bill” now moves to the Texas House.

At every step of the process, we will make sure lawmakers hear from those of us who see this bill for what it is — a political stunt based on fear, bigotry and at the expense of a vulnerable group of Texans.


State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, on Senate Bill 6. The bill’s next step will be a public hearing in Cook’s committee.

In all the years I’ve been on [the House Committee on] State Affairs, we’ve never seen an issue that would indicate there’s a need to address a bathroom bill. There’s no evidence of a problem.