Archive for October, 2009

Young Conservatives of Texas to Host Free Speech Rights Event

October 29, 2009

Austin, TX – The Young Conservatives of Texas will host a Freedom of Speech Event featuring the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) President Greg Lukianoff on Tuesday, November 3rd to show the general public how speech codes and censorship are failing to teach students how to live in a free society. Starting at 7pm in UTC 2.112A on the UT Campus, Lukianoff will explain this “Unlearning Liberty” and its effects of student voice oppression on campuses throughout the United States.

“We’re thrilled to have Mr. Lukianoff come to campus to eduate the student body about their 1st Amendment rights.” Says Dustin Matocha, chairman of the YCT group at UT. “FIRE was one of the first organizations to assist us when the UT Administration tried to prevent us from passing out fliers on a public sidewalk in near the Diversity Program put on for incoming freshmen during summer orientation.”

Back in June, several members of the conservative group passed out fliers to incoming freshman as they were entering the Diversity Program that they were required to attend during summer orientation. During the program, freshman listened to several “students” stand up in the middle of the audience to announce what racial, sexual, religious, or other group they belonged to and why diversity was important. The Young Conservatives of Texas used their fliers to promote their group and teach freshman that one can simply view people as individuals instead of separating them into distinct racial or religious classes.

It’s incidents like this that causes the FIRE to give the University of Texas at Austin a “Red Light” rating for their protection of free speech. A “Red Light” from FIRE indicates that the University has imposed clear and substantial restrictions on free speech. “We hope that Mr. Lukianoff’s presence on campus will inspire the student body to fight for their 1st Amendment rights,” says Matocha. “Maybe then we’ll have free speech for all students on campus.”

Carter Pushes for Clear Abortion Vote on Health Care Bill

October 22, 2009

House Members should be allowed a clear up-or-down vote on whether the Democrats’ health care bill can fund abortions, according to House Republican Conference Secretary John Carter (R-TX).

“The answer as to whether HR 3200 will allow federal funds to be used for abortion should be made crystal-clear to every House Member,” says Carter.  “Yet Democrat House leaders continue legalistic arguments as to how the U.S. Treasury can pay for abortions under their bill and somehow technically avoid using federal funds to do it.  That is deceptive. We can easily clarify any ambiguity on this issue with a simple amendment reinforcing the current ban on federal funding of abortion.  There should be little argument, since Democrats say they don’t intend for this bill to fund abortion to begin with.”

Carter has joined other pro-life House Members in requesting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) allow a floor vote on a bipartisan amendment by Congressmen Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Joe Pitts (R-PA).  The amendment would clarify that existing federal law that prohibits federal funds being used directly or indirectly to pay for abortions, other than in instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother, will continue to apply to HR 3200.

Survivor of Abortion to Speak at Texas Alliance for Life Benefit Dinner, Oct. 22

October 21, 2009
The Texas Alliance for Life Annual Benefit Dinner this Thursday, Oct. 22, will feature Gianna Jessen, an internationally known speaker and survivor of a failed abortion.

The Benefit Dinner will take place 6-9 p.m. at the Hilton Austin, 500 E. 4th St. The evening will begin with registration and a Silent Auction at 6 p.m. The dinner and program will begin at 7 p.m.

Jessen was born alive more than 30 years ago after a failed saline abortion that left her with cerebral palsy. She has shared her testimony before legislators and through media outlets around the world.

During the 2008 election season, Jessen made headlines when she appeared in a video ad challenging then-Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s voting record on bills seeking to protect babies born alive following a failed abortion.

Texas Alliance for Life is honored to welcome Jessen to Austin, where she will speak to an expected crowd of more than 1,000 pro-life supporters. Also on the program for the evening are the Rev. Ellis Hutchison, chaplain for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice; the Rev. Mike Sis, pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Austin; Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of TAL; and a special video address from Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Funds raised from the dinner will benefit the programs of Texas Alliance for Life, a non-sectarian, non-partisan pro-life organization of people committed to protecting innocent human lives from conception through natural death through peaceful, legal means.

For more information, visit www.TexasAllianceforLife.org. To arrange interviews, please contact Valerie Pokorny.

TAB Recognizes State Rep. Dan Flynn as a 2009 Champion for Free Enterprise

October 14, 2009

Austin – State Rep. Dan Flynn was recently named a Champion for Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business (TAB) for his strong pro-business voting record during the 81st Legislative Session.  Flynn scored a perfect 100 for his voting record supporting Texas businesses and creating and maintaining Texas jobs.

The Champion for Free Enterprise accolade is TAB’s most prestigious legislative award.  Champions must have scored 90% or better on the key issues important to Texas employers to receive this award.

“District 2 has a legislator who understands the needs of business,” said TAB President Bill Hammond. “Dan Flynn is a champion of supporting business legislation that results in job creation, economic expansion and opportunity for all Texans.”

“Texas leads the nation in being a great place to live and work,” commented Flynn. “I am proud of this honor and to continue my work on policy that adheres to a free market and individual freedoms.”

Flynn, a Republican from Van, Texas, sits on the Sunset Commission, the Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services Committee, and is Vice Chairman of the Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.  He is running for reelection to his fifth term as State Representative of House District 2.

Founded in 1922, the Texas Association of Business is a broad-based, bipartisan organization representing more than 3,000 small and large Texas employers and 200 local chambers of commerce.