HB1490/SB1418 – Would insure that no tax-payer money support entities that perform abortions. – Ragan/Jackson

Bill Description

This bill prohibits an agency or instrumentality of the state from:
(1) Awarding a grant to pay the direct or indirect costs of performing, inducing, referring, or counseling in favor of abortions, including, but not limited to, administrative costs and expenses; overhead costs; employee salaries; rent and mortgage payments; and telephone and other utility payments;
(2) Granting, appropriating, or distributing a grant to an individual or entity that:
(A) Performs convenience abortions, induces convenience abortions, provides convenience abortion referrals, or counsels in favor of convenience abortions; or
(B) Is an affiliate of a person or entity that performs abortions, induces abortions, provides abortion referrals, or counsels in favor of convenience abortions because such appropriations have the effect of endorsing nonsecular practices that excessively entangle the government with the religion of secular humanism.

TLRC Position

Favor: Those ideologically and religiously opposed to abortion should not be forced to contribute indirectly or in any other way to the practice.
The Hyde amendment under federal law is supposed to insure against this injustice.

TLRC Observed Process

Passed with amendment in Local Committee 3/6/2019
Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail Rep. Crawford requested to be recorded as voting No
FAILED in House Local Committee 3/13/2019
Voice Vote - Nays Prevail

We suspect heavy lobbying by the special interests in this case account for this outcome.

Vote Result: Failed

Score: +5

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