Texas Alliance for Life (TAL) has released our 2017 Legislative Scorecard for both the Regular and First Called Special Sessions of the 85th Texas Legislature, which were both held in 2017. The scorecard highlights the tremendous pro-life success of the Legislature and recognizes the diligence of many elected officials in Texas who ensured that strong pro-life legislation passed into law.
TAL’s Executive Director, Joe Pojman, Ph.D., said, “Texas is leading the nation in the number of laws passed that protect the lives of mothers and their unborn children as well as vulnerable patients at the end of life. This scorecard will serve as a great guide for Texans to learn precisely who the pro-life stewards are within the Texas Legislature.”
TAL’s staff combed through hundreds of votes on the Senate and House floors to identify key votes to illuminate how each legislator stands in defense of life.
The scorecard gives a summary of each legislator’s score. In few days, TAL will release a detailed list of the votes that were used as a basis for the scores.
Pojman added, “Under the pro-life leadership of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus, the Texas Legislature was able to pass an astounding 10 pro-life bills and a pro-life budget through the legislative process. The Legislature doubled funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program, and Planned Parenthood continued to be defunded. Governor Greg Abbott signed all of those pro-life bills into law.”
A summary of pro-life accomplishments of the 85th Legislature can be found here.