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2005 Texas House of Representatives
Votes on Choice Bills and Amendments 7-12

Vote Key:
P = Pro-Choice
A = Anti-Choice
- = Not Voting / Absent / Not on Committee / Not in Office at Time of Vote

Representative Dist. 7 8 9 10 11 12 Votes P % P
Alma Allen 131 P P P P P P 11 10 91%++
Ray Allen 106 A P A A A - 10 1 10%
Roberto Alonzo 104 P P P P P P 11 11 100%++
Rafael Anchia 103 P P P P P P 11 11 100%++
Charles Anderson 56 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Kevin Bailey 140 P P P P - - 6 6 100%
Todd Baxter 48 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Leo Berman 6 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Ray Blake, Jr. 9 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Dwayne Bohac 138 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Dennis Bonnen 25 A A A A A A 11 0 0%
Dan Branch 108 A P P P A A 11 3 27%
Betty Brown 4 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Fred Brown 14 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Lori Burnam 90 P P P P P P 11 11 100%
Bill Callegari 132 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Scott Campbell 72 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Carter Casteel 73 A P P P A A 11 3 27%
Joaquin Castro 125 P P P P P P 11 10 91%++
Norma Chavez 76 P - P P - - 7 7 100%++
Warren Chisum 88 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Garnet Coleman 147 P P - P P P 11 11 100%++
Byron Cook 8 A P A A A P 16 2 13%
Robert Cook 17 A P A A A A 12 2 17%
Frank Corte, Jr. 122 A A A A A A 11 0 0%
Joe Crabb 127 A A A A A A 11 0 0%
Tom Craddick 82 - - - - - - 0 0  
Myra Crownover 64 A P A A A A 11 2 18%
John Davis 129 A P A A A A 10 2 20%
Yvonne Davis 111 P P P P P P 11 11 100%++
Glenda Dawson 29 A P A A A A 12 2 17%
Dianne Delisi 55 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Mary Denny 63 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Joe Deshotel 22 P P A A A P 11 5 45%
Joe Driver 113 A P A A A A 10 1 10%
Dawnna Dukes 46 P P P P P P 11 11 100%
Jim Dunnam 57 - P - P - - 5 5 100%
Harold Dutton, Jr. 142 P P - - - P 8 7 88%
Al Edwards 146 P P P - P P 9 8 89%
Craig Eiland 23 P P A P A P 11 8 73%
Rob Eissler 15 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Gary Elkins 145 A A A A A A 12 0 0%
Juan Escobar 43 P P A A A A 11 4 36%
David Farrabee 69 P P P P A A 11 6 55%
Jessica Farrar 148 - - - - - - 7 7 100%+
Kino Flores 36 P P P P - P 8 8 100%
Dan Flynn 2 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Stephen Frost 1 P P A P A A 12 5 42%
Pete Gallego 74 P P P A A A 11 6 55%
Dan Gattis 20 - - - - - - 4 1 25%
Charlie Geren 99 P P P P A A 11 6 55%
Helen Giddings 109 P P P P P P 11 10 91%++
Veronica Gonzales 41 P P P P A P 11 10 91%
Yvonne Gonzales Toureilles 31 P P P P A P 11 9 82%
Toby Goodman 93 - P A A A A 10 1 10%
Tony Goolsby 102 A P A A A A 11 2 18%
Bob Griggs 91 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Kent Grusendorf 94 A - A A A A 10 0 0%
Ryan Guillen 31 P P P P A P 11 7 64%
Pat Haggerty 78 A P A A A A 11 3 27%
Mike Hamilton 19 A P A A A A 12 2 17%
Peggy Hamric 126 P P P P A A 11 4 36%
Rick Hardcastle 68 A P P P A A 12 3 25%
Linda Harper-Brown 105 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Will Hartnett 114 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Glenn Hegar 28 A A A A A A 12 0 0%
Abel Herrero 34 P P P P A P 11 9 82%
Harvey Hilderbran 53 A A A A A A 11 1 9%
Fred Hill 112 A A A A A A 11 0 0%
Scott Hochberg 137 P P P P P P 11 9 82%
Terri Hodge 100 - - - - - - 2 2 100%
Mark Homer 3 P P A P A A 11 4 36%
Ruben Hope 16 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Chuck Hopson 11 A P A P A A 11 2 18%
Charlie Howard 26 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Bryan Hughes 5 A A A A A A 11 0 0%
Bob Hunter 71 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Suzanna Hupp 54 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Carl Isett 84 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Jim Jackson 115 A P A A A A 14 2 14%
Delwin Jones 83 P P P A A A 11 3 27%
Jesse Jones 110 P - P P A P 9 8 89%
Terry Keel 47 A A A A A A 11 1 9%
Bill Keffer 107 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Jim Keffer 60 A P A A A A 15 1 7%
Phil King 61 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Tracy King 80 P P P P A P 11 7 64%
Lois Kolkhurst 13 A - A A A A 9 1 11%
Mike Krusee 52 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Edmund Kuempel 44 A A A A A A 11 0 0%
James Laney 85 A P P P A A 10 5 50%
Jodie Laubenberg 89 A P A A A A 14 2 14%
David Leibowitz 117 P P P P A P 11 9 82%
Vilma Luna 33 - - P P A P 8 6 75%
Jerry Madden 67 A - A A A A 10 0 0%
Armando Martinez 39 P P P A A A 11 6 55%
Trey Martinez Fischer 116 P P P P A P 15 10 67%
Brian McCall 66 A P A P A A 11 2 18%
Ruth McClendon 120 P P P P P P 10 10 100%
Jim McReynolds 12 - P A A A A 9 3 33%
Jose Menendez 124 P P P P P P 10 9 90%
Tommy Merritt 7 A P P P A A 11 3 27%
Sid Miller 59 A A A A A A 15 0 0%
Joe Moreno 143 - - - - - - 2 2 100%
Paul Moreno 77 P P P P P P 11 11 100%
Geanie Morrison 30 A P A A A A 10 1 10%
Anna Mowery 97 A P A A A P 11 2 18%
Elliott Naishtat 49 P P P P P P 11 11 100%++
Joe Nixon 133 A A A A A A 12 0 0%
Rick/Melissa Noriega 145 P P P P P P 11 11 100%++
Rene Oliveira 37 - P A - A A 7 2 29%
Dora Olivo 27 A P A A A P 11 5 45%
Rob Orr 58 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
John Otto 18 A P A A A A 12 2 17%
Ken Paxton 70 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Aaron Pena 40 P P A A A P 11 4 36%
Larry Phillips 62 A A A A A A 12 0 0%
Joseph Pickett 79 A P P A A A 10 3 30%
Jim Pitts 10 - - - - - - 2 1 50%
Robert Puente 119 P P P P A P 11 9 82%
Chente Quantanilla 75 A P A A A A 11 2 18%
Richard Raymond 42 P P P P A P 11 9 82%
Elvira Reyna 101 A A A A A A 11 0 0%
Debbie Riddle 150 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Alan Ritter 21 P P P P A P 11 6 55%
Eddie Rodriguez 51 P P P P P P 11 11 100%++
Patrick Rose 45 P P P P A P 11 8 73%
Gene Seaman 32 A - A A A A 10 0 0%
Todd Smith 92 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Wayne Smith 128 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
John Smithee 86 A A A A A A 11 0 0%
Jim Solis 38 - - - - - - 4 4 100%
Burt Solomons 65 A P P A A A 11 2 18%
Mark Strama 50 P P P P A P 11 9 82%
Joe Straus 121 P P P P A A 11 5 45%
David Swinford 87 A P A A A A 16 1 6%
Robert Talton 144 A A A A A A 11 0 0%
Larry Taylor 24 A P A A A A 12 1 8%
Senfronia Thompson 141 P P - P P P 10 10 100%++
Vicki Truitt 98 A P A A A A 13 2 15%
Sylvester Turner 139 P P P P A P 11 10 91%
Carlos Uresti 118 P P P P A P 11 9 82%
Corbin Van Arsdale 130 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Marc Veasey 95 P P P P P P 11 11 100%
Mike Villareal 123 P P P P P P 15 15 100%
Hubert Vo 149 A P P P - P 9 7 78%
George West 81 A P A A A A 11 1 9%
Martha Wong 134 A P P P A A 15 3 20%
Beverly Woolley 136 P P P P A A 11 4 36%
Bill Zedler 96 A P A A A A 13 1 8%
Description of Votes on Choice Bills and Amendments

7.  Representative Rose (D-Dripping Springs) offered Amendment 4 to Amendment 2 adding exemptions for substantial risk of serious impairment to the physical health of the woman, and a severe and irreversible abnormality of the fetus.  The amendment was tabled by a record vote of 84-51 on May 16, 2005.  A pro-choice vote (“P”) is a vote against tabling the amendment.

8.  Representative Raymond (D-Laredo) offered Amendment 8 to Amendment 2 to add an exemption for situations when the woman is diagnosed with a significant likelihood of suffering imminent, severe, irreversible brain damage or paralysis.  The amendment was adopted on May 16, 2005 by a record vote of 116-13.  A pro-choice vote (“P”) was a vote for the amendment.

9. Representative Branch (R-Dallas) offered Amendment 9 to Amendment 2 to include an exemption for situations where the woman risks imminent, severe, and irreversible damage to a vital organ. The motion was tabled by a record vote of 83-55 on May 16, 2005.  A pro-choice vote (“P”) is a vote against tabling the amendment.

10.  Representative Rose (D-Dripping Springs) offered Amendment 10 to Amendment 2 including an exemption for situations when the woman is diagnosed with significant likelihood of suffering imminent, severe, and irreversible brain damage, vital organ damage, or paralysis.  The amendment was tabled by a record vote of 84-56 on May 16, 2005.  A pro-choice vote (“P”) was a vote against tabling the amendment.

11. Hijacking the Sunset Commission to Risk Minors’ Health and Safety. Representative Hartnett (R-Dallas) offered Amendment 11 to CSSB 419 to prevent a physician from being licensed and to subject a physician to disciplinary action for performing an abortion on a minor without the written consent of the minor’s parent or a judicial bypass order.  By threatening physicians who don’t get written parental consent with discipline, this amendment creates a de facto parental consent requirement for Texas teenagers.   Amendment 11 was amended by Amendment 13, providing an exemption for situations in which performing the abortion is necessary to prevent the death or serious risk of impairment of a major bodily function of the minor and there is insufficient time to obtain parental consent. Amendment 13 passed by voice vote. As amended, Amendment 11 was adopted by record vote of 117-19 on May 16, 2005.  A pro-choice vote (“P”) was a vote against the amendment.

12.  Representative Dutton (D-Houston) offered Amendment 15 to Amendment 11 that added a reference to the judicial bypass provisions of the Family Code, and an exemption for situations in which an immediate abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the minor, or to avert substantial impairment to a major bodily function.  The amendment was tabled by a record vote of 94-44 on May 16, 2005.  A pro-choice vote (“P”) was a vote against tabling the amendment.

+ Special note about Texas House Vote on Parental Consent for Minors Seeking Abortion.  The House Committee on State Affairs reported SB 1150, requiring parental consent for minors seeking abortion, favorably without amendments on May 19, 2005, by a vote of 5-1 with 3 members absent.  SB 1150 did not include any of the increased courtroom hurdles as contained in HB 1212.  A pro-choice vote (“P”) was a vote against the bill.  NARAL Pro-Choice Texas is extremely grateful to Representative Farrar who voted against this bill in the State Affairs Committee.   Her pro-choice vote against this bill is marked as a “+”; however, it is not included in the overall 2005 Texas House voting record ratings.

++ Special note about Texas House Votes on Reauthorization of the Board of Medical Examiners with Anti-Choice Amendments.  CSSB 419, reauthorized the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, and included two anti-choice amendments.  The first bans third trimester abortions when the fetus is viable, unless the abortion is necessary to prevent the woman’s death, the fetus has a severe irreversible brain impairment, or to prevent the woman from suffering imminent, severe, and irreversible brain damage or paralysis (perfectly clear, right?).  The second amendment requires minors to obtain parental consent for an abortion (instead of the existing requirement that they notify a parent).  SB 419 passed the House on a record vote of 121-12, on May 17, 2005.  A pro-choice vote (“P”) was a vote against the bill.  NARAL Pro-Choice Texas is extremely grateful to the Representatives who voted against this bill.   Their pro-choice votes against this bill are marked as a “++”, however this vote is not included in the overall 2005 Texas House voting record ratings because of the many provisions of CSSB 419 that were unrelated to reproductive healthcare issues.

 
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