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Documents: Seliger Sponsored Planned Parenthood Event

A sponsorship of an event held by Planned Parenthood has become an issue in the race for the District 31 Texas State Senate seat.

New documents surfacing on social media show that Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) was listed as a sponsor for a Planned Parenthood event that was held in Amarillo in 2000. According to the document and newspaper clippings from the Amarillo Globe-News, Seliger and his wife were listed as hosts for a membership gala and art exhibit for Friends of Planned Parenthood. The event was held on September 22, 2000 at the home of Lawrence and Sharon Oeschger.

This is not the first time that this event has become a hot topic in Seliger's bids for the Texas Senate. During Seliger's first run for the Texas Senate in 2004, Odessa resident Kirk Edwards challenged Seliger over his sponsorship of the event and Seliger responded that he had no personal record of the sponsorship.

"I have no record of it personally," Seliger told the Amarillo Globe-News. "If it was from my business, I don't know. My brother also supports things, and he knew that we were supporting Kids in the Know."

On campaign materials distributed by Senator Kel Seliger, Seliger touts his record in the Texas Senate regarding his pro-life status. Seliger says that he voted for every pro-life bill passed in the Texas Senate and voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

Seliger is running for re-election in the March Republican primary election against former Midland mayor Mike Canon and Amarillo restaurant owner Victor Leal.

Photo by the Midland Reporter-Telegram

Photo by the Midland Reporter-Telegram

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