I wrote a long, in-depth follow-up to my original post, “Texas Anti-Choice Lawmakers, Non-Profits, Unable or Unwilling To Provide Planned Parenthood Alternatives?” for Reproductive Health Reality Check, wherein I legitimately tried to find viable, accessible alternatives to Planned Parenthood because that is what anti-choice people want me to do.
Forget the fact that it’s preposterous for women to have to make decisions about their own bodies and health based on what a bunch of non-medical professionals who’ve never met them think. Even though that’s exactly what’s happening when religious and conservative lawmakers de-fund family planning across the country. Just go with me on this.
Before I met with Texas State Representative Dan Flynn last month during Texas’ pro-choice lobby day, I truly believed that even the most passionate anti-choice conservative couldn’t look me in the face and tell me they didn’t really care whether I got the reproductive health care I needed. Who would seriously tell me their religious beliefs are more important than making sure hundreds of thousands of women just like me—women with high-risk HPV–don’t develop cervical cancer?
But like I said, that was before I sat in front of Rep. Flynn, in his Austin office next to his model airplanes and elect-Dan-Flynn gum, and told him how I’d lost my job and my health insurance and needed regular, affordable pap smears to keep an eye on my pre-cancerous cervical dysplasia.