Texans to Governor Perry: Stop Playing Politics with Womenâ€™s Health
Today the Women’s Health Express is making its last stop in Austin for a final rally where hundreds of supporters will come together and tell Governor Perry: stop playing politics with women’s health.
After traveling the state for the past week, in communities all over – from Brownsville, to San Marcos, to Houston, to Dallas – independent family planning providers, federally-qualified health centers and hospital systems have expressed how much they count on Planned Parenthood health centers to care for women in need.
Governor Perry is so out of touch when it comes to women’s health that he is willing to throw health care for more than 130,000 women overboard rather than allow Planned Parenthood to provide essential and preventive health care like breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, birth control, and STD tests and treatment.
Yesterday on Andrea Mitchell Reports, Newsweek/ The Daily Beast columnist Michelle Goldberg discussed the fight for women’s health in Texas. As Goldberg said: “This program, the Texas Women's Health Program, was enacted in 2007 when Republicans were in power. So, it's a new crop of kind of even more extremist Republicans that came in with the Tea Party sweep in 2010 that decided to basically gut funding for women’s health care in Texas in order to punish Planned Parenthood.”
Texan women don’t need more obstacles to health care—they have the highest rate of uninsured women in the country (more than one-quarter are insured) and women in Texas have the third-highest rate of cervical cancer in the country. But Governor Perry is determined to make a bad situation worse for women.
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