Texas voters have grown tired of Governor Rick Perry’s relentless attack on poor women, most recently displayed in a decision to jeopardize the successful Women’ Health Program.
A recent survey by Public Policy Polling finds only 38% support the decision. Not surprisingly women overwhelmingly oppose the decision by a 57/37 margin. Men do as well, though rejecting it on a 52/40 margin showing that voters understand that attacks on family planning and health care impact everyone in Texas, not just women.
The polling also shows that Texans understand the political nature of the attacks on Planned Parenthood and by in large are rejecting them. 59% of participants oppose Gov. Perry’s efforts to prevent women from using Planned Parenthood as their health care provider. Importantly, those identifying as independent voters also oppose the move by a 51/45 margin.
To help spread the message of voter discontent with these anti-woman, anti-family policies Planned Parenthood helped launch a statewide road trip to fight against the decision to end a successful public health program. The Women’s Health Express will be traveling across Texas until March 13, stopping to rally and call for Gov. Perry and Executive Commissioner Suehs to save the program, which they have set to expire on March 14.
For more information on the Women’s Health Express or how to get involved, check here.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a Texan or not. These are attacks against American women and they cannot be tolerated unless we are willing to accept a country where vast portions exist as health care wastelands decimated by a theological debate. And I can’t imagine anything less American than that.
Photo from Robert Scoble via flickr.