Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, saying that he believes there haven’t been enough anti-abortion bills that have advanced in the Texas Legislature.
“We should be hearing conservative, Christian legislation, and it’s not happening and it’s disappointing.”
“I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. He said, ‘There’s no reason for this.’ People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”
The editorial board of the San Antonio Express-News
“The Texas House version of potty policing is supposed to be some kind of palatable moderate compromise that will assuage business leaders and tourists concerned about LGBT discrimination. But it’s just as unpalatable, unnecessary and extreme as the Texas Senate’s legislation, SB 6.”
Mark Wingfield, associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, on “religious freedom” laws.
“To make exceptions to our cherished religious liberty based on one person’s ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’ is the equivalent of making exceptions to the Golden Rule based on the idea that the rule should only benefit me.”
Rev. Karen Thomspon of Metropolitan Community Church-Austin, during a gathering of pro-LGBTQ clergy at the Texas Capitol.
“The outpouring of opposition from faith leaders of all backgrounds should make the moral argument very clear to legislators set to cast votes to legalize discrimination. The Golden Rule — treat others as you want to be treated — is a basic tenet of every major faith tradition. Lawmakers can’t hide behind religion in passing these discriminatory measures.”
TFN President Kathy Miller, on a report that found Texas leads the nation in adopting anti-abortion restrictions that are not grounded in science.
“It’s appalling that Texas is the worst state in the country for using misinformation and outright lies to pass laws that close clinics and make it harder, and in some cases almost impossible, for women to access safe, legal abortion care.”
Patricia Murphy of Austin, on a bill that would allow faith-based child welfare providers and foster families to refuse to provide services that conflict with their “sincerely held religious beliefs.”
“Denying [kids] access to things they need or forcing your culture on them at the expense of theirs is not in the best interest of the children. I know the Legislature wants to do what’s best for kids, but [House Bill 3859] doesn’t do that.”
TFN President Kathy Miller and National Partnership for Women & Families Vice President Sarah Lipton-Lubet, on a new report that shows Texas and Kansas top all 50 states in the number of anti-abortion laws that conflict with established scientific evidence.
“Enough is enough. We can’t be silent while politicians keep turning lies into laws that endanger women’s health, undermine our autonomy and push care out of reach.”