1:38 pm CST - March 16, 2011
Posted under On The Record
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – On Monday March 15th, Representative Christian went before the Committee on State Affairs to present House Bill 561 that would abolish hospital districts from using tax revenue to finance the performance of abortions.
If passed, HB 561 will abolish a hospital district from using tax revenue to finance the performance of abortions. Currently the Travis County Healthcare District, known as Central Health, is the only hospital district in Texas that spends taxpayer dollars on abortions. Central Health spends $450,000 a year to fund abortions at Planned Parenthood and two other local abortion facilities in Travis County.
No other political subdivision (county, city, or healthcare district) in Texas, besides the Central Health of Travis County, funds elective abortions. Nor do the federal and state Medicaid programs.
Abortions are one of the most life changing decisions a woman can make and cannot be taken back. “It is important we do everything we can to ensure abortions are not funded by our tax dollars. We must make sure our tax dollars are used efficiently and for funding programs that will better our great State of Texas, not destroy innocent human life,” stated Rep. Christian.
Additionally, abortions should not be supported by money coming out of our pockets, especially since many taxpayers strongly oppose abortions. Our taxes must fund issues that are mandated by the voters and people of Texas. Rep. Christian said, “As your State Representative, it is my duty to confirm our tax dollars are spent sensibly and towards programs which protect our citizens.”
HB 561 is supported by numerous prolife organizations, including the Texas Catholic Conference, Texas Right to Life, Texas Alliance for Life and the Liberty Institute.