Rene Resendez is a graduate student who has been on the WHP for five years. She is at elevated risk for cervical cancer, and depends on the WHP for her annual exams. The post is her first-person account of what the WHP means to young women in Texas, and what is at stake if it’s cut. When she heard about the funding battle, she started a Change.org petition to save the funding.
My name is Rene, and I am graduate student. I am also on the Women’s Health Program (WHP). Many of the women on the WHP are college students like myself, trying to better their lives with a higher education. We shouldn’t have to choose between paying for a cancer screening and paying our bills while we’re trying to further our education.