Although the Texas Democrat Party didn’t pass their new platform last week, a drafted version passed by their temporary platform committee gives insight into the party’s continued leftward lunge ahead of the November election.  

Their latest target? Crisis pregnancy centers.

After the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade last month, the Democrat Party has been adamant about restoring the landmark abortion case.

As part of their healthcare plank, the party emphasizes that abortions should be protected in Texas.

But while the party under President Bill Clinton used to say abortions should be “safe, legal, and rare,” Texas Democrats are now seeking to defund crisis pregnancy centers that do not offer abortions, saying they “discourage abortion using unscientific, inaccurate information.”

Crisis pregnancy centers are a lifeline for women facing unexpected pregnancies, offering access to resources like baby formula, clothes, shelter, and pregnancy and parenting classes. 

“It’s no wonder the Democrats didn’t have enough votes to pass their platform. These radical ideas are what’s driving people away from their party,” Kim Schwartz from Texas Right to Life told Texas Scorecard

“The life-saving Texas Pregnancy Care Network serves hundreds of thousands of Texans, including with parenting and adoption help. Democrats once again prove they’re not pro-CHOICE, they’re really just pro-abortion.”

The party was unable to officially pass the platform during their convention last week due to a lack of attendance to constitute a quorum. Texas Democrat Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa says a committee will be formed in the coming weeks to consider and approve the proposed changes to the party platform.

Emily Wilkerson

Emily is a summer fellow for Texas Scorecard. She is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, studying journalism with a minor in political science. She enjoys investigative journalism and making sure that every side of a story is being told.

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