Over the weekend, members of the Texas Medical Association, the state’s largest medical lobbying group, met and voted on a slew of resolutions that bolstered the association’s authoritarian image.

The group took controversial positions on forced medical intervention, including administering vaccines to patients.

Dr. Mary Talley Bowden posted to X about the series of votes, including a screenshot of the resolutions, writing, “TMA believes the government should have the authority to force Texans to undergo a medical intervention.”

“At their annual meeting, 500 delegates struck down resolutions supporting free speech, bodily autonomy, and informed consent and voted against a resolution that would add the term ‘evidenced-based care’ to their gender policy,” according to Bowden.

This series of votes, including the evidence-based care vote, comes weeks after Anthony Fauci, who famously bestowed the label of “Science” on himself, admitted to Congress that medical interventions and precautions mandated in 2020 weren’t based on science.

During the pandemic, Dr. Bowden successfully treated patients with monoclonal antibodies before pivoting to ivermectin when the federal government cut off supplies. Notably, Bowden’s treatment record was perfect.

The TMA is a state-based branch of the American Medical Association, which has a history of misleading its members and the public, including bolstering Fauci’s claims of doing “science.”

The language of the resolutions voted on at the TMA conference has been hidden on their website, but Bowden pledged to report on the matter soon.

During the 2023 legislative session, measures creating protections from COVID-19 vaccinations and policies enjoyed limited success. However, measures that would apply more broadly to the practice of medicine in Texas have yet to move.

For instance, State Sen. Bob Hall’s Senate Bill 297 would require hospitals to adopt a written policy on patients’ rights, including the right to accept or refuse treatment and informed consent.

In one instance, when given a chance to oppose the administration of vaccines on school grounds, the TMA membership balked. 

In other states, vaccination of children on campus without parental consent has been alleged.

David Hamilton, a Fort Bend ISD trustee, reported that one mother claims an on-campus pop-up clinic at Schiff Elementary tried on multiple occasions to administer a shot to a student. Hamilton noted that the clinic was supposed to start two hours after school let out, but the workers “asked before the kids left school if they thought their parents would be ok with them getting the jab.”

According to Transparency USA, House Speaker Dade Phelan is the top recipient of TMA cash to date in the 2024 election cycle. The embattled speaker narrowly won re-election in a May run-off. Most of the other challenged TMA donation recipients weren’t as fortunate.

Jill Dutton, the short-lived representative from House District 2, lost her primary, as did State Reps. Glenn Rogers, Reggie Smith, Jacey Jetton, and Steve Allison, all recipients of TMA largesse. Besides Phelan, State Rep. Dustin Burrows was the only challenged incumbent in the top 10 recipients of TMA funding to win his primary election.

According to Dr. Mary Talley Bowden, TMA has a functional forced monopoly. Posting to X, Bowden lamented, “They [TMA] have us handcuffed. To have malpractice insurance with TMLT (the biggest carrier), we must join TMA. I pay them $810 in dues yearly because I can’t drop my malpractice insurance.”

According to TMA materials, the organization comprises more than 57,000 physicians and medical students.

Daniel Greer

Daniel Greer is the Director of Innovation for Texas Scorecard.