Texas Billboard Promoting Abortion as “Self-Care” Sparks Uproar

Abortion has been called many things: a “reproductive right,” “woman’s choice,” and “personal decision.” Yet, very rarely has it been called something as ludicrous as “self-care.” However, a new billboard in Texas is labeling abortion as exactly that. “Black women take care of their families by taking care of themselves,” reads the billboard. “Abortion is self-care. #TrustBlackWomen”. Placed along a Dallas highway, the controversial ad was produced by The Afiya Center. The organization self-identifies as a “reproductive justice” center for black women and operates out of north Texas. According to their website, the organization’s mission is to “serve black women

Don’t Mess with Texas: State Recognized as Most Business-Friendly in U.S.

Recently, CNBC announced that Texas came in first place for the network’s “2018 America’s Top States for Business” rankings. As CNBC noted in its announcement, “[t]his is familiar territory for the Lone Star State, which becomes the first four-time winner in our annual study, now in its 12th year… 1 in 7 jobs created in the United States in the past year was created in Texas.” With that sort of economic track record, who wouldn’t want mimic the Lone Star State’s success? Fortunately, ALEC’s latest “Rich States, Poor States” report provides policymakers with a thorough opportunity to “cheat off Texas’s

Pro-Abortion Lobbyists Challenge Texas Pro-Life Laws in Court

In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a pro-life law passed by the Texas state legislature would be struck down because the benefits of the law were not worth impeding access to abortion. Now, Texas abortionists and pro-abortion lobbying groups are beginning an attempt to get that ruling applied to older laws. A new lawsuit has been filed by multiple pro-abortion groups in the federal court in Austin, Texas. This complaint calls out specific state officials, such as Attorney General Ken Paxton and health services Commissioner John Hellerstedt. It also seeks to block any enforcement of the list of

Texas School Safety “Action Plan” Contains More Problems than Solutions

After yet another tragic school shooting — this time in Santa Fe, Texas, resulting in the deaths of eight students and two teachers — Texas has followed the example of Florida and proposed a plan that vastly expands mental health screening and diagnosis in the state’s schools. The first element of the plan is to “provide mental health evaluations that identify students at risk of harming others and provide them with the help they need.” This is the Telemedicine Wellness Intervention Triage & Referral (TWITR) Project, one of the programs that I wrote about several weeks ago. This program sends

New Poll Shows Ted Cruz in Danger of Defeat — But Should Republicans Panic?

A poll was released earlier this week that provided a little bit of a shock for Republicans: according to Quinnipiac, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) holds only a 3-point lead over Democrat challenger Beto O’Rourke. The release of the poll immediately caused some panic on the Right as well as some frothing at the mouth on the Left (and among liberal Republicans who loathe Cruz for actually trying to hold them to conservative principles). O’Rourke is a darling of progressives as a young-ish, far-left, attractive face who can raise millions of dollars. They’re hoping that toppling a stalwart like Cruz will finally make

Parents Beware: Mental Screening of Students Ramps Up in Texas

While federal, state, and local officials are trying to improve student safety in the wake of the tragic Parkland, Fla., school shooting, the heightened concern over student mental health has greatly increased efforts to screen students for mental health issues. Two programs in Texas exemplify this push — with potentially ominous implications for student health, privacy, and freedom of conscience. The first program from Texas Tech University, was described by Politico as follows: USING TELEMEDICINE TO SCREEN FOR KIDS ‘ABOUT TO BLOW’: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President Tedd Mitchell shared glowing reviews of a telemedicine-based violence prevention program while

Regulations Gone Wrong: Why These Unfair Texas Laws Need to Go

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. For years, the government’s answer to almost every problem has been to impose regulations. But while bureaucrats see such rules as a necessary way to protect citizens, they are blind to the fact that these regulations violate Americans’ constitutional right to equal protection under the law, by allowing government to favor some groups over others. In her Liberty Minute titled “Hot Air in Houston,” Helen Krieble provides a perfect example of a local government picking winners and losers — and

Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Ban on Dismemberment Abortion Procedure

Pro-abortion groups everywhere rejoiced on Wednesday when a federal district judge struck down Texas’ ban on dilation and evacuation, an abortion procedure that takes place in the second trimester. This ban was scheduled to go into effect on September 1st after Texas’ Republican Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 8 into law earlier in the year. However, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood filed a suit in July against the ban, and were able to get a temporary restraining order on the enforcement of the measure. This restraining order was scheduled to expire on Wednesday evening. Judge Lee