Abbott says Scientology group had nothing to do with veto


AUSTIN - After Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed a bill allowing emergency-room patients to be temporarily detained by doctors who think they may be dangerously mentally ill, attention centered on one headline-inducing entity that wanted the measure dead.

“Meet Scientology’s favorite GOP governor,” blared Salon. Newsweek wrote, “Critics Link Texas Governor to Church of Scientology.”

Both cited opposition from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, co-founded by the Church of Scientology as a check on psychiatric practices. It was first highlighted in a story by the Texas Tribune, which examined veto-related records and noted Abbott didn’t respond to its request for comment.