Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Stands up for Texas Women and Planned Parenthood
This morning on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, United States Senator from Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison criticized Governor Rick Perry’s decision to sabotage the Medicaid Women’s Health Program for more than 130,000 low-income women, and voiced support for the critical role Planned Parenthood plays in providing preventive care.
Watch the clip and check out her statement below:
HUTCHISON: We cannot afford to lose the Medicaid funding for low income women to have health care services. We cannot. We keep turning back federal funds that every state gets and then try to find money in our budget, which is already being cut in key areas like education. I do think that the governor needs to sit down with the federal government and work it out so we can have our share — our fair share not more — of money for Medicaid to help low-income women have their health care services.
Now compare that to Governor Perry and his cavalier comments from last week where he once again shows that he would rather throw health care for an additional 130,000 women overboard than allow Planned Parenthood to provide essential health care like breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control, and STD prevention through public health programs.
Watch him as he stumbles through while trying to defend his decision:
Perry: We don¹t want Planned Parenthood and their affiliates who are in the abortion business engaged in this process. This is pretty straight up.
Reporter: But under federal law the money is not allowed to go to abortions under this progam at all.
Perry: W-well, we would rather be very sure of it.