Today, Texas Values Action leadership called for including legislation in the special session agenda called on July 8th that bans harmful gender modification procedures for children, prohibits biological men and boys from competing in women's sports, and keeps tax dollars and government benefits from going to abortion providers and their affiliates. Governor Abbott has not yet included specifics about what will be in the special session call but has spoken favorably in the past about these issues.
Email your elected officials and the Governor’s office and politely ask to include the three issues above on the special session call. We cannot miss this opportunity!
During the regular session, Representative Valoree Swanson filed HB 1458 that would have corrected the issues in women's sports. The bill had broad support in the House with an astonishing 77 co-authors and joint authors signed on. Despite this overwhelming support, it never received a hearing in the House State Affairs Committee. Senate Bill 29 by Senator Charles Perry was also an option on this issue for the high school level, but died in the Texas House.
HB 1399 by Representative Matt Krause would have prohibited doctors from performing gender transition surgeries and prescribing puberty blockers to children 18 years of age and younger. The bill received a robust hearing in the House Public Health committee. It eventually died after running up against avoidable deadlines.
SB 650 by Senator Donna Campbell and Representative Candy Noble would have closed several loopholes from last session's ban on taxpayer dollars and transactions going to abortion providers. This bill passed the Texas Senate but fell short of passage in the House.
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