PolitiFact Texas, which writes articles for the Austin American-Statesman, has released its latest results of a “fact check”. Seems that Donna Garner and Texas Eagle Forum really struck a cord with one of their recent statements.
This one article revolves around HB 1842(2007) a Planned Parenthood-backed sex education bill. The article, presumably written by Ciara O’Rourke who contacted us about this story, tries to play “gotcha” with conservatives, but instead mainly provides more evidence of the strong ties between Joe Straus and Planned Parenthood. Texas Speaker Joe Straus not only supported HB 1842 , he was a co-author of the bill.
Click here for link to article. http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2010/dec/13/donna-garner/conservative-education-activist-donna-garner-says-/
The article also confirms that Planned Parenthood helped with the drafting of this sex education changing legislation. Rep. Mark Strama is a Democrat with a very strong relationship with Planned Parenthood. See the excerpt below.
“One of the bill’s five authors, Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, told us that Planned Parenthood was supportive of the legislation and was among the groups the authors consulted in drafting it.”
Bingo. That’s exactly what we thought. Planned Parenthood was working on the inside on HB 1842, making sure they got the sex education language they wanted. Thankfully, this bill did not pass.
Click here to see Planned Parenthood’s support of HB 1842, the so-called “Prevention First” Act. http://www.ppgmv.org/ppaustin/lobby-day-2007.htm