The 2017 Special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott began on July 18, 2017.
Click here for an informative article from Texas Tribune on the format of a 30-day Special Session.
Now through Election Day, Tues., 11/7/2017, is when your legislators are MOST attentive to your concerns.
Be sure to let your legislators know your stance on this issue during Special Session this July - August!
Find your legislators here: Senators Contact Info | Representatives Contact Info
Texas House Committee hears personal stories about secret hospital DNRs issued against patients’ wishes, Texas Right to Life, (April 25, 2017).
Mother Fights For 'Simon's Law, ' Reprinted from Salina Journal (February 17, 2017)
Mom fights Texas hospital’s removal of food and water from 12-year-old son, Lifesite News, (August 23, 2012)
ALL Life is inherently valuable.
From Special Session Preview: requiring patient consent for do-not-resuscitate orders, by Emily K. Cook (July 12, 2017)
"Texas currently has the draconian 10-Day-Law, a process whereby a hospital committee can decide to withdraw life-sustaining treatment from a patient without consent and even against the decision of patients or their surrogates if the committee simply gives a patient 10 days’ notice."
"While Texas Right to Life assisted more than 90 patients advocate for their lives in these circumstances, it quickly became apparent that Texas law does not specifically mandate a physician receive the consent of a patient or the patient’s legal surrogate prior to placing a DNR order on the patient."
"Over the years, Texas Right to Life has been successful in raising awareness of this issue,"evidenced by the delegates at the Republican Party of Texas convention voting... to include" Plank 100 in the Republican Party of Texas Platform (see pg. 13). [Click on RPT Call Item graphic above to read Plank 100--ed.]
85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature
This past Session, Texas Right to Life worked closely with State Representative Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood) to file House Bill 2063, a measure requiring patient or legal surrogate consent, with a limited exception, prior to placing a DNR order in a patient’s medical file. During the session, Representative Bonnen, a neurosurgeon by trade, worked diligently to wrangle other interested parties to support the bill, including the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Hospital Association (organizations that have historically opposed Pro-Life policies requiring consent). Unfortunately, the Texas Hospital Association never offered their support of the bill. Even after a powerful and moving committee hearing featuring the personal stories of patients who have been abused by forced or secret DNRs, State Representative Byron Cook (R-Corsicana), who chairs the powerful House Committee on State Affairs, waited until late in the session to pass HB 2063 out of his committee; likewise, the House Committee on Calendars placed the measure on the floor schedule too close to the Texas House’s deadline, ensuring the bill’s demise. The Pro-Life priority ultimately died because of the House leadership’s delay of the bill.
First Called Session of the 85th Texas Legislature
Governor Greg Abbott called a special session to begin on July 18th, requiring the Texas Legislature to meet again and address issues left on the table during the regular session because of similar political games. Many of the reforms on Governor Abbott’s agenda are measures that were passed by the Texas Senate, supported by Texas Republicans, but failed in the Texas House of Representatives.
On the special session call, Governor Abbott added HB 2063, telling the legislature he expects them to address and vote on allowing patients or their legal surrogates the ability to decide whether a DNR order may be placed in their medical file.
The Texas Right to Life legislative team is working diligently to ensure this measure is not watered down by interest groups aligned against protecting vulnerable patients. Passage of a strong DNR law would be a life-saving win in the Lone Star State.
The 2017 Special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott begins on July 18, 2017. Click here for an informative article from Texas Tribune on the format of a 30-day Special Session.
Now through Election Day on Tues., 11/7/2017, is the time your legislator is MOST attentive to your concerns and issues.
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When PARENTS CHOOSE, Texas Children WIN!
ALL TEACHERS BENEFIT, too!
"During a past Texas school finance trial...Dr. Jacob Vigdor, an expert witness hired by public school districts...", explicitly stated, “'introducing greater competition into the market for teachers will raise teacher salaries...'”
"Dr. Jacob Vigdor contended that Texas should not adopt school choice because districts would then have to pay teachers more. But his argument supports exactly what quality teachers and concerned Texans desire: using school choice to improve the quality and salaries of teachers."
Mr. Dutcher went on to say:
"Dr. Vigdor’s conclusions regarding higher pay from school choice were never challenged in trial. In fact, several experts confirm his analysis."
"Many students are trapped in failing schools. Roughly one in four of today’s ninth-graders never graduate high school...
"Out of those moving forward, almost half of freshmen require remediation courses upon entering college..."
"Employers find today’s college graduates ill prepared for existing white-collar jobs..."
At the start of the  legislative session, Laffer Associates released a study, The Texas Economy and School Choice, jointly commissioned by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Texas Association of Business. The study found that a Taxpayer Savings Grant Program, a statewide universal school choice program under consideration by the Texas Legislature offered important benefits to both Texas school children and the state’s economy.
Economist and report author Art Laffer maintained that besides reducing dropout rates, closing educational achievement gaps and enhancing educational innovation, statewide school choice is a mechanism to stimulate economic growth thereby creating new jobs and incentivizing in-migration to Texas. Using examples like decreased crime rates, increased wages and enhanced business opportunity, Laffer argued not a single socio-economic measure goes unimproved with the implementation of school choice...
At a January news conference, Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond spoke of the Texas workforce facing a skills gap. He contended post-secondary education is essential and the public school system is graduating neither enough students, nor enough who are career or college-ready.
Hammond described this gap as impacting both businesses and Texas school children. He further noted how competition is essential, and competition in schools serves to improve prospects for all involved...
Diana Furchtgott-Roth, co-author with Jared Meyer of Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young, similarly agrees on school choice. At a May book signing in Austin, Furchtgott-Roth called sending children to schools where the graduation rates are only 55 percent “a travesty.”
“With food stamps we say you can go to any grocery store you want,” she offered. “There would be a revolution if we said low-income people have to go to their neighborhood grocery stores, but with schools, you have to go to the neighboring schools...”
Kent Grusendorf, director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Education Freedom:
“Money’s not the problem,” Grusendorf contended, explaining that compared to the ranking’s 36 nations, all but one or two spend less per student than the U.S.
Regarding the Texas school finance lawsuit currently before the Texas Supreme Court, Grusendorf reminded that two-thirds of Texas school districts are “using your tax dollars to sue you for more money.”
School choice, he said, is “the key solution for the education crisis in this state and in this nation.”
Grusendorf cited how empirical studies have found choice improved student performance and public schools. Though isolated studies found no measurable differences, he notes none found school choice as harmful to existing schools.
Texas Public Policy Fdn (TPPF):
Texas Can't Afford to Miss Out on School Choice by Jim DeMint - May, 2016
Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) Primer - 07/2016
What Is an ESA? Video