CONTACT: Tom Hargis, Director of Communications, ACLU of Texas, 832.291.4776, [email protected]

HOUSTON – Reacting to the addition of abortion regulation bills to the special session agenda today by Gov. Rick Perry, ACLU of Texas Executive Director Terri Burke said: “These bills added by Gov. Perry are so bad the legislature followed its rules and didn’t want to even vote on them during the regular session. The rules of a regular session are there to protect us from extremes. If bills don’t make it, democracy wins. The citizens of Texas win. None of these anti-abortion bills even made it to the floor for debate.  The special session is going to cost more than $1 million in taxpayer money. For $1 million, lawmakers should be talking about the primary thing Texans are most concerned about: Educating our children.”