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Don’t LET Them Mess With the Women of Texas: It’s Time to Rise Up!!

What will it take for Texas women to use our voices and our votes to protect poor women’s health care, roll back restrictive and onerous abortion regulations, and gain back control of our bodies, our lives, and our daughters’ futures?

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Goodbye, Texas Women’s Health Program

Planned Parenthood's "Don't Mess With Texas Women" bus tour traveled across Texas last week.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Texas lawmakers, as many as 400,000 Texas women will have no or greatly reduced access to basic preventative and reproductive health care beginning today.

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Forced Ultrasound, “Informed Consent,” and Women’s Health in Texas: The Sad State of the State

Austin women stand with Planned Parenthood, May 2011. photo: flickr/drstrangeglove

When Virginia legislators first began considering a forced trans-vaginal ultrasound bill, progressives wondered: “What kind of world are we living in, when “informed consent” is tantamount to state-sanctioned rape?” Here’s what kind of world: the kind wherein a mandatory ultrasound law scads worse than the proposed Virginia bill has already been in place for five months. In Texas. And right now there may be no feasible legal way to stop it.

 

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Perry: Obama Is Putting Abortion Politics Over Women’s Health

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Yes, we are officially in bizzaro land… Rick Perry accuses President Obama of politicizing women’s health.

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Even After the Primary, New Hampshire Women Are Watching…And They’re Concerned

While the eyes of Americans across the country watch New Hampshire, the eyes of New Hampshire women (and the men who care about them) are looking at the candidates’ positions on the issues that directly affect us: women’s health.

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Iowa! New Hampshire! South Carolina! Santorum! God!

While Perry goes straight off to South Carolina, skipping New Hampshire in trying to scoop up votes in a friendlier (southern) state, Santorum will let his boots-on-the-ground team in South Carolina work its magic for him – just like in Iowa – while he traipses around New Hampshire. Let me explain.

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Sex Ed in Texas? Perry’s Policies Result in High Rates of Teen Pregnancy and Disease

New research out of the University of Texas, Houston, confirms that young people in Texas are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors than their peers nationwide.  And, the researchers suggest that the state’s conservative policies policies around sexuality education and reproductive heath are to blame. 

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Brownback Apparently Believes Perry is Anti-Choice Enough

Because the only thing better than a radically fanatic Brownback presidency is a Perry one.

The Kansas governor and anti-choice stalwart announced his endorsement of Texas Governor Rick Perry for President.

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Group Claims Rick Perry Isn’t “Pro-Life Enough”

To be really “pro-life” you have to be willing to risk the woman’s health and life.

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Perry and the HPV Vaccine: Selling Women’s Health (and Everything Else) to the Highest Bidder

In 2007, Rick Perry signed an executive order mandating HPV vaccines for all girls entering the sixth grade. While he’s stood behind this decision for years, he began back-peddling as soon as he began running for president.  While we may never know what Perry really thinks about HPV, STDs, and prevention, a close look at this issues shows us what he thinks about campaign contributions. 

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