Colleagues and Friends of Texas Health Freedom,
Senate Bill (SB) 538, the infectious disease control bill with involuntary incarceration provisions, has reared its ugly head again. It was passed in the Texas Senate, with several objectionable provisions, and assigned to the House for consideration on March 31st.
Yesterday, it was assigned to the Texas House Public Health Committee for initial hearing, and today it was scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, May 12th. If passed in committee, it will go to the entire House for a vote.
Why We Object
We have posted our point paper on SB 538, which outlines our objections to this deeply flawed bill, in the Pages section to the left (titled “Point Paper On SB 538″). In short, SB 538 opens the door to allowing the state of Texas to abrogate our right to bodily integrity, as guaranteed by the 9th Amendment to the US Constitution, and to do with our bodies what it pleases. The results down the road could be nothing short of catastrophic.
What You Can Do To Help
Please contact your Texas State Representative (NOT member of the US Congress!) and tell them to contact their colleagues on the House Public Health Committee and ask them to vote NO on this bill. Here are the steps to follow:
1. To find out who your Texas State Representative is, fill in the blanks in the “Who Represents Me?” block in the upper left corner of this home page. Scroll down to Texas State Representative, and call their capitol office (Austin, area code 512).
2. When a staff member answers the phone, you can say something like this: “Hello, I am (your name) and a constituent of Rep. (your rep’s last name). I am calling to ask Rep. (your rep’s last name) to ask their colleagues on the House Public Health Committee to oppose SB 538, the infectious disease control bill, which will be heard in Public Health on Tuesday, May 12th. SB 538 allows the state of Texas to seriously violate some of our most basic rights, and needs to be defeated in committee.” You can also tell them you have a point paper on the bill available (you can download it from this site) and offer to email it to the staff member handling the bill for your representative.
3. Pass this on to as many of your fellow Texans as you know, and ask them to do the same.
4. Keep an eye out for the time of the hearing next Tuesday via an upcoming Texas health freedom alert, and plan on attending the hearing to oppose SB 538.
This is the most serious threat to Texas health freedom that we have ever encountered. Please do your part and help oppose this bill. Please act today!
Thanks for your support of Texas Health Freedom,
Your Coalition Executive Committee
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