Texas Republicans Endorse Use of Civil Justice System to Promote Pro-Life Cause

Texans For Individual Rights (TXIR) today announced its strong support of several planks of the new Republican Party of Texas platform that endorse the use the civil justice system to protect innocent human life and hold negligent abortion providers accountable for their wrongdoing. The Texas GOP platform was adopted at the Party’s recent state convention in Ft. Worth, Texas.

We are thrilled to see Texas Republicans continue to stand steadfastly in support of the pro-life cause and oppose special interest attempts to protect abortion providers under the guise of “lawsuit reform.” The newly adopted Texas Republican platform clearly demonstrates that the civil justice system can and should be used as an effective tool to promote pro-life goals in Texas.

TXIR recently asked Texans For Lawsuit Reform (TLR) for its support of three pro-life proposals during the upcoming legislative session. These proposals would allow for civil enforcement of the “sonogram bill” passed during the last legislative session, strengthen the “Prenatal Protection Act” passed in 2003, and remove limits on civil liability for abortion providers. TLR refuses to support these important pro-life proposals. The new Texas GOP platform includes the following language endorsing the use of the civil justice system to promote pro-life goals:

Right to Life- … Until our final goal of total Constitutional rights for the unborn child is achieved, we beseech the Texas Legislature in consideration of our state’s rights, to enact laws that restrict and regulate abortion including:

  1. parental and informed consent;
  2. prohibition of abortion for gender selection;
  3. prohibition of abortion due to the results of genetic diagnosis
  4. licensing, liability, and malpractice insurance for abortionists and abortion facilities;
  5. prohibition of financial kickbacks for abortion referrals;
  6. prohibition of partial birth and late term abortions; and
  7. enactment of any other laws which will advance the right to life for unborn children.

RU 486 – We urge the FDA to rescind approval of the physically dangerous RU-486 and oppose limiting the manufacturers’ and distributors’ liability.

Unborn Victims of Violence – We believe a person who injures or kills an unborn child should be subject to criminal and civil litigation.

Conscience Clause – We believe that doctors, nurses, pharmacists, any employees of hospitals and insurance companies, health care organizations, medical and scientific research students, and any employee should be protected by Texas law if they conscientiously object to participate in practices that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs, including but not limited to abortion, the prescription for and dispensing of drugs with abortifacient potential, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, eugenic screenings, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration. We call on the Texas Legislature to pass legislation to strengthen and clarify the current conscience clause in the Occupational Code to include the above-mentioned persons and practices. We further encourage legislation that requires hospitals and clinics to inform all health care personnel of their right to refuse to become involved in abortion or euthanasia, and their protection from prosecution and retaliation under Texas law.

Protection of Women’s Health – Because of the personal and social pain caused by abortions, we call for the protection of both women and their unborn children from pressure for unwanted abortions. We commend the Texas Legislature for the passage of the Woman’s Right to Know Act, a law requiring abortion providers, prior to an abortion, to provide women full knowledge of the physical and psychological risks of abortion, the characteristics of the unborn child, and abortion alternatives. We urge the state government and the Department of State Health Services to ensure that all abortion providers are in compliance with this informed consent law and to ensure that all pregnancy centers and other entities assisting women in crisis pregnancies have equal access to the informational brochures created by the Department of State Health Services.

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TLR Megadonor Bob Perry Gives $82,500 to Democrats This Year (so far)

Houston homebuilder Bob Perry is one of the most powerful men in Texas and one of the biggest donors to Texans For Lawsuit Reform (you can read more about him here). He has also taken an active role in promoting liberal causes, personally lobbying against the “sanctuary cities” immigration bill last session that would have gone a long way to combat illegal immigration in Texas.

In addition to his very generous financial support of TLR, Perry has also personally contributed $82,500 to Democratic candidates and officeholders so far this year (his donations to the Republican Party of Texas this year, on the other hand, amount to $0). Perry supported Democrats include:

  • State Senator Mario Gallegos: $25,000
  • Al Edwards: $20,000
  • State Representative Armando Martinez: $2,500
  • State Representative Rene Oliveria: $2,500
  • Gus Ruiz: $25,000
  • State Representative Tracy King: $5,000
  • State Representative Garnet Coleman: $2,500

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Lincoln & Reagan Agree: “Qui Tam” Protects Taxpayers


Texans For Individual Rights (TXIR) today called on the special interest group Texans For Lawsuit Reform (TLR) to stand with former Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan and support a state “qui tam” law that would prevent and punish fraud against Texas taxpayers. Under “qui tam”, a whistleblower with knowledge of fraud against the government can bring a lawsuit on behalf of the government to recover funds that would otherwise have been lost due to fraud. If the lawsuit is successful, the whistleblower is awarded a share of the proceeds.

In light of TLR’s recent claim to speak on behalf of Abraham Lincoln, we would like to remind them that President Lincoln, the Father of the Republican Party, was the earliest champion of a “qui tam” law protecting taxpayers against fraud. In 1863, President Lincoln signed into law the predecessor to what is now the Federal False Claims Act, which included a “qui tam” provision allowing whistleblowers to help recover taxpayer funds that would have otherwise been lost due to fraud.

“Lincoln’s Law”, captioned “An act to prevent and punish Frauds upon the Government of the United States”, was adopted on March 2, 1863. It can be viewed on the Library Congress website.

TLR acknowledges that President Lincoln was “a man of truth and honor”, attributes that TLR knows nothing about. There is no honor in TLR’s defense of those who defraud Texas taxpayers. There is also no honor in TLR’s opposition to this important taxpayer protection legislation while at the same time accepting significant contributions from those with close ties to companies that have had to pay more than $53 million to settle claims with the Federal government of cheating taxpayers. Combating fraud against taxpayers is a core conservative principle, which is why President Reagan signed a law in 1986 strengthening the Federal “qui tam” law.

More information about how companies tied to major TLR donors have had to settle claims of cheating taxpayers for more than $53 million can be viewed here.

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