In a state where more than one-quarter of the women are uninsured the Perry administration’s move is nothing short of needlessly risking women’s lives. The Medicaid Women’s Health Program provides preventative care, including cancer screenings and contraception, to more than 130,00 low-income women each year.
But instead of seeing an opportunity to make the lives of the women in Texas better, Gov. Perry sees an opportunity to push women to the sidelines. In the last few months the state legislature passed a budget slashing the state’s family planning program by more than two-thirds, a cut that eliminates health care for 160,000 women per year. These cuts also affect services including life-saving Pap smears, clinical breast exams and birth control.
In response Planned Parenthood organized the “Don’t Mess with Texas Women” bus tour. The tour gives patients, providers, and coalition partners the opportunity to show their support for the women affected by the Perry administration’s cuts and to let the Texas legislature that women’s lives do matter.
You can follow the tour and lend your support here. It doesn’t matter if you live in Texas or not. All women’s lives count and the actions taken by the Perry administration should not go unchecked. Show your support for Texas women and let the Perry administration know that denying women access to health care services will not go unanswered.
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