By the end of April, the Texas Women’s Health Program will either be a thing of the past or a shadow of its former self, as I report today for RHRealityCheck.org.
No matter what any Republican tells you, the Obama administration is not cutting access to women’s health care in Texas. Republicans, however, are. How? By attempting to use women’s health and right to reproductive choice as a bargaining chip to shut down Planned Parenthood for the crime of providing a legal service (abortion) and using no taxpayer funds to do so.
If a Republican tells you the loss of the Women’s Health Program in Texas is the Obama administration’s fault, ask them to answer one question:
- If Republicans in Texas care so deeply about (1) saving money and (2) women’s health care, why did they slash the family planning budget in 2011, thereby increasing unwanted pregnancies, increasing abortions and increasing overall cost to taxpayers who will now be funding Medicaid births?
Guess the fuck what: Planned Parenthood isn’t going anywhere. (And shouldn’t.) But access to reproductive and preventative care for low-income and uninsured is. As of tomorrow.