Statements about Children
Says a growing number of extremely premature babies survive into healthy childhood.
Says it's "estimated that 300 babies a year are sent home from the hospital with an unrecognized congenital heart defect; it is the most common birth defect in America."
Says that under Rick Perry’s plan, "Texas has cut funding for public schools by 25%."
Says Texas lawmakers in 2011 ordered school districts to test every student on their respiratory system and weight.
Says legislation supported by gay rights activists would strip "mother" and "father" from future Texas birth certificates.
"More than half of the births in Texas are paid for by Medicaid."
"Obesity kills 34 children per hour."
"Since 1980, over 145 incidents have been documented of suction entrapment in swimming pools and spas, including 36 deaths of children."
Texas "ranks third in teen pregnancies... and it is No. 1 in repeat teen pregnancies."
In Texas, "sexting is a felony sex offense for teenagers — that can mean up to 10 years in prison."
"Between Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas over 8,000 same-sex couples are raising children."
Says Gov. Rick Perry's administration has proposed ending immunizations for 113,000 kids.
Rick Perry thinks "injecting 11- and 12-year-old girls with a controversial drug (the HPV vaccine), without a parent's consent, is a good idea."
"Over 81 percent of the babies that are born at LBJ Hospital right here in Houston are born of women who are not here legally."
Says Rick Perry's proposal on driver licenses and high school dropouts has been state law since 1989.
"We’re No. 1 in child hunger."
Says that in three legislative sessions, his proposals opening pre-kindergarten to all Texas 4-year-olds never got heard or voted out of committee.
“The percent of students who enter high school and eventually earn a diploma or equivalent, or who remain in pursuit of a diploma or equivalent, is 90 percent.”
“We’re making more than ever off oil and gas right now, but it’s no secret that oil production in Texas peaked in the 1970s.”
Says Texas General Land Office “has earned the school children of Texas $451,932.89 on wind leases that haven't produced a watt of energy."
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