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Flynn Report: July 18 2013 Governor Perry Signs HB2, Bans Abortion After 20 Weeks

Governor Rick Perry Signs HB 2

Bans Abortion After 20 Weeks

AUSTIN – Thursday morning Texas Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 2 into law. The abortion regulation legislation stirred emotions and ignited controversy throughout the first special session and has remained through the second special. House Bill 2 effectively bans abortion procedures after 20 weeks, or 5 months, requires greater regulation and restriction of the medication abortion drug RU-486, requires abortion providers have admittance privileges at nearby hospitals and requires abortion facilities to meet ambulatory surgical center standards.

Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) was in attendance at the bill signing and was joined by other members of the Texas Legislature. “What we have witnessed here at the Capitol is historic,” stated Representative Flynn shortly after the signing ceremony. “I am honored to have been a part of shepherding this legislation through the Legislature and am elated that Governor Perry and my colleagues recognize the importance of protecting the life of the unborn and the safety and wellbeing of mothers across our state.”

In a letter to Governor Perry on May 24, 2013, Representative Flynn stood with 60 House members in urging the Governor to add pro-life legislation to the call. Representative Flynn shared authorship of the bill during both the first and second special session.

“House District 2 has been overwhelming in their support of this legislation and of my position. My vow to protect life was constantly reaffirmed by the thoughtful prayers and words of encouragement I received from so many friends, colleagues and constituents,” said Representative Flynn. “The adversity we faced only strengthened my conviction that we remain on the right side of the fight.”

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See Full Press Release Here: 7.18.13 – Governor Perry Signs HB2

See More Photos From HB2 Debate

Flynn Report: July 12 2013 Pro-Life Images During the 1st & 2nd Special Sessions

Flynn Report: July 9, 2013 – House Bill 2: Abortion Legislation Overview

Greetings Friends, Constituents & Supporters,

So many groups and individuals have presented commentaries on the bills currently before the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate. The House Republican Caucus has provided an outstanding outline of the bills before the House and the Senate. I thought you would appreciate receiving this information. HB2/SB1 is about ensuring access to safe procedures. This legislation brings abortion providers, physicians, and facilities up to the standard that is commonplace throughout the rest of medicine. Major points of the bill: Increase abortion facility safety standards to the level of ambulatory surgical centers to shut down Gosnell-like abortion providers in Texas;

  • Require the 18,000 RU-486 abortions performed each year in Texas be done according to FDA safety standards;
  • Require physicians who perform abortions to be appropriately credentialed in order to reduce the risk of complications and ensure that complications are properly managed when they occur; and
  • Preventing late-term abortions on unborn children beginning at five months of pregnancy, when scientific evidence indicates babies can feel pain.

These common sense measures will protect the health and well-being of women by requiring abortion facilities to meet the level of care appropriate for this kind of serious medical procedure, especially in the event of an emergency.

30 Mile Hospital Rule

This portion of the bill requires physicians who perform abortions to be appropriately credentialed in order to reduce the risk of complications and ensure that complications are properly managed when they occur. The requirement of abortion providers to secure admitting privileges at a local hospital also provides accountability to the medical community in which they provide abortions. This is a higher level of accountability and oversight than the current standards provide. The 30 mile hospital rule ensures that women get an appropriate standard of care and a continuum of care in the case of complications from their abortion. When extending hospital privileges to doctors, hospital reviewing boards substantiate their education, residencies, fellowships and practice experience for appropriateness of training and competency in their field. They can be denied privileges if it is determined they have a lack of training, cannot demonstrate competency, have lost their medical license in another state, or have previously been found guilty of fraud or abuse. Also:

  • All of the state’s existing abortion facilities are within 30 miles of a hospital where they can be admitted.
  • 2/3 of the abortion doctors in the state already have active admitting privileges at a hospital within that designated radius – some doctors have privileges at more than one hospital. This requirement will weed out the bad actors that do not have the creditability to receive admitting privileges.

Ambulatory Surgical Centers

This requirement will bring abortion clinics up to the same standard as any ambulatory surgical center, subjecting the abortion clinics to higher standards, scrutiny, and regulations. Raising the standards will ensure that:

  • Qualified medical personnel are available for emergency treatment;
  • The facility meets operating rooms requirements;
  • The facility meets pre-op room requirements; and
  • Other medical center standards including wider hallways, emergency generators, defibrillation equipment, and air filtration systems.

Five abortion clinics in Texas already meet these standards. The bill gives the remaining clinics over a year (until September 1, 2014) to meet new safety requirements. Texas abortion facilities need to invest in women’s safety. It is our duty to ensure if a woman enters a clinic she can be assured it is meeting a basic standard of care.

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation and in Texas, reported $87.4 million in excess revenue and more than $1.2 billion in net assets in its 2011-2012 annual report. Investing in the upgrade to ensure the safety of their patients is not an onerous requirement.

RU486 (abortion-inducing drug)

HB2 requires RU-486 to be administered using the protocol tested and authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration or in the dosage amount prescribed by the clinical management guidelines defined by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Practice Bulletin as those guidelines existed on January 1, 2013. This falls within sound medical practices and is reasonable in light of the fact that abortion providers are not required to be gynecologists

Fetal Pain

There is ample medical evidence that children in the womb can feel pain as early as 20 weeks – or 5 months, in fact, the evidence amply demonstrates that they can feel pain much earlier (potentially at 10 weeks). Three medical specialists have proven the science of preborn children experiencing pain during an abortion procedure. Dr. Paul Liu, Dr. Ingrid Skop, and Dr. Greg Bonnen all speak to the behavioral and physiological evidence confirming that pre-born children feel pain.

After 5 months of pregnancy, it is our responsibility as Representatives to protect the innocent and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. 5 months, when a baby’s head, hands and feet are visible in a sonogram, is a reasonable amount of time for a mother to make a decision on her pregnancy.

Once again we are hearing the liberal extreme groups resorting to tactics that have no basis in truth. These bills will protect the innocent unborn and provide Texas women with healthy professional and clean health care. These bills do not ban abortions. These bills are a common sense measure that allow 5 months for a woman to make her decision regarding her pregnancy.

It remains my pleasure and honor to represent all the people of House District 2. My staff and I continue to welcome your input and your questions.

You can contact our office; mailing address: P. O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768.

Email: District2.Flynn@house.state.tx.us. Toll free number 1-800-734-9515.

May God continue to bless you and the Great State of Texas! Dan Flynn, State Representative, District 2

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See Full Flynn Report Here: HB2: Abortion Legislation Overview, 7/9/2013

Flynn Report: June 26 2013 SB 5 Fails

Texas House Passes Major Abortion Regulation Legislation,

Senate Filibusters & Votes After Midnight Deadline

SB5 Fails to Pass

AUSTIN – Monday, Pro-Life members of the Texas House used their majority to ensure life was respected and standard’s for women’s health care were raised with the passage of Senate Bill 5, an omnibus abortion regulation bill. Tuesday, the Texas Senate entertained a nearly 13 hour filibuster which ultimately prohibited the bill from passing. SB5 would have banned abortions performed after 20 weeks (currently abortions are performed up to 24 weeks), and increased regulatory standards on abortion facilities and procedure by bringing them in line with other surgical procedures already under the same type of regulation.

Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van), an ardent and outspoken pro-life supporter and one of the 60 House members who petitioned Governor Perry to add pro-life legislation to the first Special Session call list, stated his support for SB5 and his disappointment at its failure to pass, “This was a sound piece of legislation that would have ensured life was protected, facilities were well regulated, and the well-being of the mother was made a priority throughout the procedure and afterwards. I am disappointed that legislation with so many positive end results for women was made a mockery and ultimately defeated,” said Representative Flynn on Wednesday morning.

“With the filibustering of SB5, the Senate not only halted an important piece of pro-life legislation, but vital pieces of transportation and juvenile justice legislation were sacrificed in the process,” Representative Flynn continued. “The Texas Legislature adjourned sine die failing to fulfill half of the Governor’s action items for this first called session. It appears inevitable that the Legislature will return for a second special at the cost of millions of additional tax payer dollars in order to redo the work we spent the month of June accomplishing.”

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See Press Release Here: 6.26.13 – SB5 Omnibus Abortion Bill Fails to Pass, Filibuster in the Senate

Flynn Report: June 25 2013 Transparency Committee Expands Jurisdiction

Transparency Committee Expands Jurisdiction

AUSTIN – Today, the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations met to discuss the expanded jurisdiction of the committee.

Speaker Straus announced today, the committee’s jurisdiction has been expanded to include monitoring the conduct of appointed executive branch officers, including university regents, to ensure that these appointed officers are acting in the best interest of the agencies and institutions they govern.  The committee is authorized to investigate potential misconduct and may take further action if necessary.

Committee Co-Chair Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) gaveled the meeting into order, and motioned for the Committee to formally adopt its new charges.

“These proceedings will be both thorough and impartial, and we intend to use all necessary resources and powers at the Committee’s disposal to ensure an effective investigation,” said Co-Chair Alvarado. “I am confident the Committee will bring new, nonpartisan insights on what has been a contentious series of events.”

Co-Chairman Dan Flynn (R-Van) stated: “Transparency is very important to all Texans and this situation is certainly one in need of transparency.  I believe it is important that these proceedings be conducted with decorum and with fair and impartial intent.  This is a strongly bi-partisan committee with a strong track record of success in passing transparency legislation during regular session and I am fully confident that we shall be able to continue working together for all Texans.”

Under the speaker’s proclamation and Chapter 665 of the Government Code, if the committee begins an investigation during the special session, the committee may continue its investigations during the interim.

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See Full Press Release Here: 6.25.13 – Transparency Launches Investigation

Flynn Report: June 11 2013 Operation Lonestar: East Texas Medical Outreach

Van Hosts ‘Operation Lonestar: East Texas Medical Outreach’

Free Preventative & Primary Care for Uninsured Texans

CANTON – Today marks the first day of Operation Lonestar’s East Texas Medical Outreach event offering free preventative and primary care to uninsured East Texans. Beginning at 8am Tuesday morning and running until Thursday afternoon, licensed physicians and nurses will be on site to administer multiple screenings, perform physicals and advise on healthy lifestyle choices such as healthy eating and not smoking.

Operation Lone Star is a collaborative medical services project that unites state and county health and human service agencies, Texas Military Forces, local service groups and volunteers in the largest public health humanitarian effort in the country. Operation Lone Star is a real-time, large-scale emergency preparedness exercise that provides medical service and disaster recovery training to state agencies and personnel while addressing the medical needs of thousands of underserved Texas residents.

“Operation Lone Star provides such an enormous level of support to Texans. Their efforts are tremendous and the work they do has such a positive impact on the communities they touch, I am honored to welcome them to House District 2,” said Representative Flynn this afternoon. He is a member of the Texas State Guard and serves as Commander of the Maritime Regiment. Flynn will be actively assisting with the execution and organization of this operation for the duration.

The medical services provided during Operation Lone Star include immunizations, blood pressure checks, cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, hearing and vision exams, physicals for students, limited dental services, and limited pharmacy products.

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See Full Press Release Here: 6.11.13 – Operation LoneStar East Texas Medical Outreach