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Why We Need the Texas Privacy Act

Why We Need the Texas Privacy Act

On the first day of the Texas legislative session, a reporter asked me whether or not I felt like the “bathroom bill” (Texas Privacy Act – SB 6) was essentially a non-issue.  I remember saying “No, it is not a non-issue, and we are going to have to act now.”  Despite all that I have seen and heard since Texas Senator Lois Kolkhorst filed SB 6, my opinion hasn’t changed.  I strongly believe that the privacy issue is important, but perhaps I should take some time to explain why I feel that way.

Gubernatorial Appointments

Gubernatorial Appointments

As the head of the Executive branch of Texas government, one of the Governor's chief responsibilities is making appointments to state boards, commissions and councils. Among the appointments the Governor is responsible for making are regents for public universities and heads of state agencies. The Governor is also responsible for filling certain vacancies for state elected officials and judicial offices. During a four year term, a Governor will make about 3,000 appointments.  

The Truth About Partial Birth Abortion

The Truth About Partial Birth Abortion

     Last night Chris Wallace asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump about Roe v. Wade and whether or not partial birth abortions should be legal. What was really troubling to me was Hillary’s assertion that it is sometimes medically necessary to perform a late term abortion to save the life of the mother. As a physician, I instantly understood the fallacy of her reasoning, but I wanted to take this opportunity to explain, so you would also understand the ridiculousness of what she said.

Thoughts on the Recent Supreme Court Decision Regarding HB2

Like many across our great country, I was saddened to hear of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down H. B. 2 on the grounds that it provided a substantial burden to women seeking to have an abortion in the state of Texas. But when a friend on Facebook asked for my “physician’s perspective” on Justice Ginsberg’s separate scathing condemnation of H. B. 2, I knew my response would be too long for a post, so I am choosing to blog about it here.

My Impression of Trump Today

Last Tuesday, Jennifer and I were honored to join a powerhouse group of Christian leaders who gathered at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square to listen to Donald Trump talk about issues that would be of interest to Christians.  The list of leaders was long and included many of my “heroes of faith.”  People like James Dobson, Kelly Shackelford, Rick Scarborough (Who invited us...thank you Rick!), Franklin Graham, George Barna, Eric Metaxis, David Barton, and Tony Perkins to name a few.

Cherry Tree Republican Club Candidate Forum Speech



Lessons Learned On Gun Control

Yesterday I had lunch with a physician colleague and the topic turned to gun rights.  I shared my belief that we could no longer afford “gun-free zones” in the wake of so many mass shootings, and he agreed, but then added that he felt a national firearms registry was an important step in reducing gun violence.  I disagreed, and gave some cursory reasons why I felt that gun registries were a bad idea.  I left lunch thinking that I needed a better argument against gun registration, maybe a poignant example from history.

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