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8.06.2015

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick On Mark Davis Show: Was That True?



Yesterday he said the following about Planned Parenthood. He recalled a hearing when he was in the Texas Senate while he was trying to pass a bill requiring a person seeking the termination of a pregnancy to watch her sonogram.

He said:

I remember this testimony from a young lady back in 2009 -- and it took me six years to pass the sonogram bill but you never give up -- and I said her testimony that morning was so compelling that we are going to keep pursuing this until we have a victory. And she was a young girl who was not married and was there testifying with her boyfriend. They were going to get married. She was pregnant. She testified how she went to Planned Parenthood. And – she was a young teenager - She was even . . . Planned Parenthood sounded like a place to go talk about parenthood. She wanted to have the baby. Her and her boyfriend had decided to have the baby. And she went there and Planned Parenthood told her, according to her testimony, that there was no heartbeat and the baby was dead and they pushed a piece of paper in front of her and told her to sign it and get an abortion. She broke down in tears that day at the center. Ran out because she was in shock. And she found out from a friend that there was a crisis pregnancy center – a Christian based place – in the area and she went to them to seek, in essence,  a second opinion. They told her that the baby’s alive. There is a heartbeat. She was lied to. And she sat there that day [at the hearing] pregnant ready to have the baby and told her story. 

Here's a research project: Is that true? Her story certainly can't be confirmed and even Patrick leaves himself an out by saying "according to her testimony". But my question is: Did a teenager testify before a committee in Austin where Patrick was a member and actually say that? I have serious doubts but I could be wrong.  I don't know where to start.

(He later compared Planned Parenthood to ISIS.)

Edit: If he is correct that 2009 is the year, it would have been Senate Bill 182 that was was introduced and would have been the basis for the hearing with the teenager. So far, I found nothing to back him up but I'll continue to look.

Edit: Research update. There was a hearing on March 19, 2009 on the bill in the State Affairs Committee that Patrick took part in.  I've discovered that it was closed to the public. (WHAT??!!).  But here is a list of witnesses in favor of the bill so the search narrows:

Calix, Casey   (Self),  Cedar Park, TX
DeVillez, Lori   (Self),  Round Rock, TX
Friedewald, Vincent   M.D.  (Self),  Spicewood, TX
Gerstenschlager, MerryLynn   (Texas Eagle Forum and Self),  Weatherford, TX
Graham, Elizabeth   (Texas Right to Life),  Houston, TX
Holze, Margaret  (also providing written testimony)  (Life Advocates),  Houston, TX
Nickols, Beverly   M.D.  (Self),  New Brawnfels, TX
Nunnelly, Patrick   (Self),  Austin, TX
Roberts, Beverly  (also providing written testimony)  (Concerned Women for America, Coalition for Life)
Ross, Elizabeth   (Self),  Austin, TX
Saenz, Jonathan  (also providing written testimony)  (Free Market Foundation),  Austin, TX
Scheffler, James   (Self),  Salado, TX
Weber, Randy   (Self),  Pearland, TX
Williams, Terry   (Self),  San Marcos, TX

Edit: A VERY resourceful reader found video of what I thought was closed hearing.  It's at 3:48.  The boyfriend Casey Calix is the one who gave the story with Danielle Froehlich by his side who did not say a word.  Dan Patrick embellished it a bit, but it was essentially what he said.


34 comments:

Anonymous said...

No idea about the testimony, but as far as PP being worse then ISIS, they have surely killed a lot more human beings, torturing them before doing so, and then ripping their bodies to shreds. So, I would say that is a fairly accurate statement.

Anonymous said...

PP kills infants, ISIS sells them.
You decide which is worse.

Anonymous said...

Where to start. A list of Patrick's committee assignments in the 81st legislature. Minutes and witness lists are available for most committee hearings on the same site.

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Members/MemberInfo.aspx?Leg=81&Chamber=S&Code=A1430

Anonymous said...

Her story certainly can't be confirmed...

Can you confirm how you know this?

Anonymous said...

Are he and Jeb twins?

Anonymous said...

ISIS needs to take lessons from PP and sell body parts to supplement their bank accounts.

Anonymous said...

If you liberal weenies would bother to research the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, you would realize she started it to set up a superior race by aborting blacks and poor people. Ever wonder why 2/3's of PP's are in black neighborhoods? She reminds me of some guy named Adolph back in the 30's or an esteemed senator from West Virginia that so many buildings, bridges and schools are named for that was the head of the KKK. So go ahead and defend murder of babies and tell us who is waging the war on women and blacks. And tell us why murdering a baby in the womb is OK but not in a classroom(Sandy Hook).

Anonymous said...

Regardless of the politics behind your question or statement, I DO see that Planned Parenthood is far worse than ISIS at this point.

What is worse that killing a defenseless Christian adult or child?
Ripping and killing the most defenseless of all from the womb.

Now that I am actually to the end of my thought, i see that you are quite dumb since the comparison is very obviously true.

Anonymous said...

What a woman wants to do with her body is NOT ANY OF OUR BUSINESS!! How is that concept so hard to understand? Do like Planned Parenthood? Don't go to Planned Parenthood!! And it's not a biblical argument either because at some point or another, a woman is on some sort of birth control, which isn't that against holy procreation? again, it's NOT ANY OF OUR BUSINESS!!

wordkyle said...

142 - You apparently miss the point. Abortion involves the bodies of two people, one of whom doesn't get a "choice." But you are correct about one thing -- it's not a religious argument.

Anonymous said...

My guess is that he is referring to SB 182 from the 81st Session which was considered in a public hearing by the Senate State Affairs Committee on March 19,2009. Here is a link to the video archive:

http://tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=2573

Link to the bill history:

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Actions.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=SB182

Anonymous said...

found it at the 3 hour 48 min mark of the hearing

http://tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=2573

Anonymous said...

1:42

Your bad grammar has left your comments looking quite ignorant and unimportant. I actually do not see one coherent thought.
For that, we are all dumber now based on your comments.
May God have mercy on your soul.

Anonymous said...

1:42 OUR??

Do you have a mouse in your pocket?

Anonymous said...

Talking murder not birth control! Biblical or not, it's immoral and
it's not the woman's body that is the concern. If it isn't any of our concern we are truly a sad bunch.

What? Should of used all caps to fake outrage. Now that's just foolish.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. Lawyer:

What would you do if i told you or the police or a family member that I was tired of my arm and I wanted to cut it off?

You would have me committed, right?

But when a woman wants to remove living tissue from her womb that is actually another person, well...........that's acceptable, right?

Makes no sense to me.

Anonymous said...

Even Patrick's second-hand story is true, which it may or may not be, there is nothing to suggest the expecting mother was lied to. Doctors misdiagnose medical conditions all the time. Even serious ones. Nothing in the story suggests this was lie rather than an unfortunate misdiagnosis.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you do any of this hard-hitting investigative journalism on any liberals? You sir are not a libertarian.

Try, just try to be balanced Barry.

Anonymous said...

Conservatives don't want government interference except when they want it in your bedroom or your body.

Anonymous said...

1:42 - I want to argue with you; but aside from "NOT ANY OF OUR BUSINESS," I can't figure out what you're saying.

Anonymous said...

2:47 -

What if that living tissue was a nonviable clump of cells called uterine cancer? Okay to remove? Why/why not?

Now assume that the mother is what if the nonviable clump of cells you refer to as a "person" is causing a health issue that threatens the mother's life. Not okay to remove? Why/why not?

Like many arguments dealing with abortion, your black-and-white pronouncement is surrounded by gray areas.

Anonymous said...

Trump for president!!!

Anonymous said...

Barry's a libertarian? Did this just happen in the last 24 hours?

Anonymous said...

1:42 Born, bred, and educated in Texas. It's easy to tell.

Anonymous said...

Honest question:

Can anyone name a piece of law, state or federal, that restricts specifically a male from accessing anything or doing anything simply because he is male?

I'm not talking about abortion in this question. I acknowledge both sides of the argument on abortion.

Anonymous said...

12:34 go ahead and mention that Prescott Bush was also a big promoter of early eugenics via planned parenthood, for all you brain dead republicans.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, If only you would do that kind of research on the lies of Obammy and Hitlary.....

Anonymous said...

Personally, I went to PP twice with my two wanted and planned pregnancies to get them confirmed. The over the counter preg tests don't always show a positive when you are pregnant. I doubt very much the accusation is true.
Where in the heck will people get birth control on a sliding scale fee basis? PP prevents abortions and unplanned pregnancies.

Anonymous said...

4:34, You forgot to mention that Thomas Jefferson owned slaves.

Anonymous said...

4:34, Being a good liberal weenie, you forgot to answer why the majority of PP's are in black neighborhoods or why it's ok to kill a baby in the womb but not in the classroom.

Anonymous said...

3:43 - You're doing a bit, right?

Anonymous said...

4:43, Is your name Sandra Fluke? I was told Obammycare and the taxpayers would pay for your birth control.

Anonymous said...

I had forgotten when Patrick was doing his Bill Hobby homage with those bow ties, trying to look like Lieutenant Governor material. In this case, clothes did not make the man.

DF Bob Bullock
wanna see what I have in that jar on my desk?

Anonymous said...

When pro-lifers begin to show as much compassion for the welfare of children as they do for the unborn I'll pay more attention. How about more early childhood nutrition? Day care for working parents? Medical care for both the healthy and unhealthy? Early childhood education? Free breakfast and lunches?
Many lifers are opposed to caring for the born while promoting the birth of unwanted and unhealthy to unprepared mothers. The hypocrisy and inconsistency is overwhelming.